Override Continuation Approved by Voters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — 11/9/2020
Dysart Unified School District’s Override Continuation was approved in the November, 2020 general election with 55% of votes being “yes.” Dysart is thankful to everyone in the community that took the time to vote in this election, showing their support and commitment to our community and students. The vote extends Dysart’s override funding through the 2025-2026 school year. If not continued again, funding would begin phasing out by one-third each year, starting in the 2026-2027 school year.
The continuation keeps funding in place so that Dysart can retain highly qualified teachers and staff, continue to provide math and reading support, continue manageable class sizes, and continue funding for arts, Physical Education, athletic programs and full-day kindergarten.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated parents, staff, and neighbors who have worked hard to share information about the educational needs of this community,” said Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis. “Thank you for supporting the override continuation, and for exercising your civic duty, regardless of how you voted. This funding is important. It will help ensure children are well-prepared for their future.”
The Dysart Unified School District (DUSD) is committed to being transparent and fiscally responsible by saving money and keeping expenses down whenever possible. Dysart has received the Arizona Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for 25 years in a row and the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 16 consecutive years. DUSD schools have shown great success - with a 93% graduation rate, nine A+ Schools of Excellence, and 17 schools with an A or B rating from the Arizona Department of Education.
Maintenance and Operations (M&O) override elections ask residents to approve additional funding for basic operational expenses (i.e., teacher and staff salaries, coaches, supplies, etc.) not adequately funded by state allocations. Dysart has had an override in place for 20 years.