Forum scheduled on Sunnyside override

2013-10-11T17:00:00Z 2013-10-11T20:14:05Z Forum scheduled on Sunnyside overrideBy Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Sunnyside Unified School District will hold a public forum Tuesday to let the public discuss the district’s upcoming budget override.

The forum will start at 6 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School auditorium, 1725 E. Bilby Road.

District officials will provide information on the override, including what the money will be used for, potential first-year tax rates, history of past overrides and other financial data.

The public will be able comment on the override, whether they are in favor or if they disagree.

The district will hold its override election on Nov. 5.

Sunnyside’s governing board voted in June to hold the override election, despite reservations from some board members who were concerned about the community’s reaction to Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo’s contract extension.

District officials painted a woeful picture if the override doesn’t pass, saying the district would lose about $8.9 million from its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which would result in the loss of many staff positions and programs.

The cuts would include positions ranging from teachers and librarians to prevention specialists and off-duty police officers.

The district could close the Ocotillo Early Learning Center’s regular education programs and stop providing all-day kindergarten, officials said.

Sunnyside has lost $5.3 million in spending capacity in the past two years after overrides failed in the 2011 and 2012 elections.

If the upcoming override passes, it would generate about $9.2 million in its first year, according to district officials.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4242. On Twitter: @JamarYounger

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