Voters approve bonds, overrides for Gilbert's districts

Gilbert Public Schools
Voters approved a tax increase for a maintenance and operations override for Gilbert Public Schools. The district also won approval on a $100 million bond. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voters approved a tax increase for a maintenance and operations override for Gilbert Public Schools. The district also won approval on a $100 million bond. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The five bond or override ballot questions the public school districts that serve Gilbert put before voters have passed after final tallies were released Nov. 8.

Gilbert Public School’s request to increase its maintenance and operations budget override from 10% to 15% received 55.03% approval. That was the closest among the five ballot questions, and the only one that requested a tax increase.

Gilbert’s $100 million bond received 62.02% support. Superintendent Shane McCord thanked voters for approving the measures after the results became apparent Nov. 6.

“We are extremely grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community, with exceptional students, employees, and families,” McCord said in a statement. “Now is the time for us to look forward, together, as we build on the incredible momentum in our school district and continue to inspire excellence in every learner.”

Higley USD’s M&O override continuance passed with 63.77% of the vote, and its bond money reallocation had 66.4% support.


“We’re very excited about that,” Superintendent Mike Thomason said Nov. 5 after the first returns were released. “We have an incredible community, incredible teachers, and we’re just extremely blessed to have the turnout that we did.”

Chandler USD’s $290.25 million bond, the largest in the district’s history, passed with 62.67% of the vote.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.