MARICOPA — Maricopa Unified School District is seeking a renewal of its 2016 budget override, which would help maintain current funding for the district.
The 10% budget increase for the district was approved by voters in 2016, allowing for what the district claimed was better learning for students.
“We are at a great time to think about the continuation of the override that supports class size targets and technology in Maricopa Unified School District,” Superintendent Tracey Lopeman said. “If we don’t, we could start to lose funding. This is the important year to go to the public to request their continued support.”
The continuation would be just that: a renewal of the same tax levy passed by Maricopa voters in 2016. If Maricopa voters choose not to continue their support, the district will start to lose that extra 10% in funding beginning next year.
That extra funding was particularly pertinent last year during the pandemic, when the district was able to allocate extra funds to purchase much-needed equipment to make virtual learning a reality.
“Without the override, we would not have been able to do what we’ve done with technology, certainly in previous years but this year most critically,” Lopeman said. “Not every school district provided a device to every student in this time and we did, and that is, in part, because of the investments that the community supports.”
The board voted unanimously to put the override on the 2021 ballot for Maricopa’s consideration. Board member Torri Anderson was absent from the Jan. 27 meeting.