The Dysart Unified School District is extremely fortunate to have dedicated parents, staff, and community members who have worked hard to inform the community about the educational needs of our Dysart Unified schools. Unfortunately, both the bond and override measures on the ballot were not approved.
The override measure would have secured continued funding for many programs already in place. The funding would have ensured that Dysart can continue to recruit and retain highly qualified staff to maintain manageable class sizes; continue to offer a free full-day Kindergarten; maintain our arts, athletics and physical education programs; and provide math and reading support to students.
The override funding currently in place for these programs from a 2015 override election is still in place at 100% through the 2020-2021 school year. If funding is not approved prior to the 2021-2022 school year, the override funding will begin phasing out, and cuts will need to be made to balance the budget.
The bond funding would have helped ensure the safety and security of our schools, and provided much-needed school and site improvements. We will continue to maintain our fleet of buses, but will not be able to replace our oldest vehicles at this time. Despite anticipated growth, we must delay the construction of two new elementary schools and will not yet be able to purchase land for a high school.
We will not be dissuaded by the low voter turnout, and believe that there is more support for the bond and override than the vote reflects. We will be back next year to again seek community support for these much needed funds.
We appreciate our community and will continue to provide extraordinary opportunities at each of our schools.