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8/28/2013 9:19:00 AM
Proposed bond will replace obsolete buses
Review/Kathi SabotJeff Lambert, CVUSD transportation director, stands at the districtís bus yard.
Review/Kathi Sabot

Jeff Lambert, CVUSD transportation director, stands at the districtís bus yard.
Kathi Sabot
Chino Valley Review

Supporters of a proposed Chino Valley Unified School District bond are meeting regularly to brainstorm ways to inform the public about the district's needs.

These include newer, safer buses, athletic and performing arts facilities, advanced learning lab, security, and building repairs and improvements.

The nearly $10 million bond comes on the heels of a former $13 million bond that will expire in December.

The former bond cost homeowners about $73 per $100,000 of assessed value. The new bond, if passed, will cost about $40 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Crystal Hadley, a parent and teacher at Heritage Middle School, highlighted the need for the new athletic facilities.

"We can't host track meets," she said. "The AIA, Arizona Interscholastic Association, won't allow track meets to be held here, because our track is in such poor condition."

Veronica Morrow, parent of three Chino Valley students, chairs the School Bond Committee. She agrees with teachers and staff that enhanced technology in the classrooms will help make students career and college ready.

Committee members are doing everything they can to get the word out about the proposed bond. Their new "Vote Yes" T-shirts will be visible in the Territorial Days Parade Saturday.

Before the high school was built, the buses were safely tucked away from teenagers doing wheelies in the parking lot. (See sidebar). But that was long ago and far away. Welcome to the future, a future where $3.5 million has been cut from the budget in the last five years, and safety issues are paramount, committee members say.

District information states that "A bond election is where the voters of the school district authorize the district to borrow money by issuing bonds (promissory notes) to purchase specific items. The bonds are paid back through the collection of property taxes. The bond proceeds cannot be used for employee salaries."

What will the bond be used for?

• $1.4 million for security and technology upgrades, including fencing, new doors and locks, and an advanced learning lab at Chino Valley High School.

• $2.7 million for athletic and performing arts facility improvements, including refurbishing the damaged track, remodeling the west gym into a performing arts facility, constructing a new soccer and football field, with athletic locker rooms, wrestling room, weight room, bathrooms, and a concession stand.

• $2.6 million for water wells at CVHS and TES, maintenance at all schools, and air conditioning in all classrooms.

• $2.2 million for 15 new school buses, ($150,000 per bus).

• $950,000 to construct or purchase a new district transportation facility.

The Chino Valley school board authorized the bond election at its June 20 meeting. The amount of the proposed bond is $9.9 million, with a 20-year term.

"My biggest hope is that people will make an informed decision. We want voters to ask us the tough questions," said John Scholl, director of support services at the district.

Voting for the bond election will be conducted by mail on Nov. 5, 2013. For more information go to or call Scholl at 928-583-5406. Donations to the bond committee can be sent to P.O. Box 365, Chino Valley, 86323.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article comment by: Parent Of a Student

Let me say this, my daughter is in her first year of school. She loves it and the only thing other than home work that she doesnít like is that she gets so hot in the classroom. There is not AC they only have Evap. A hot classroom is not a good learning environment. I also donít let her ride the bus to school for the first day of school the bus broke down and all the kids were late to school. Our school system had been getting the short end of the stick for a long time. We need to support out school or our kids will also be the ones getting the short end of the stick educationally. Whatever happened to putting the future of our kids first? The fire department not that long ago got a bond for new equipment and better facilities why not vote for our schools to get the same? I know that I will be and I am asking everyone I know to do the same.

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013
Article comment by: Rob Rumfelt

They say putting money into education is an investment. So we should all be smart investors and do some research before voting "yes."

John Scholl wants the voters to ask "the tough questions." So start asking questions. Talk not just to administrators, but to students and teachers as well. And don't just ask about the facilities, but ask about what goes on in the classroom.

Ask questions. Get answers. Then vote accordingly.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Dolisa Pehl

Voters! We need to vote yes and support our schools. I have seen Chino Valley students
do great things with the little resources that we have had. We have an awesome group of responsible young adults at our high school who have high ambitions to make a difference in our future. Please give them your vote of support. Send in the ballot marked yes!

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