M&O Override

M&O Override Fact Sheet

GUHSD Governing Board Calls for Election

At the June 6 meeting, the Governing Board unanimously voted to authorize and signed a resolution calling for an election to be held on November 6, 2018 to renew the current 10 percent maintenance and operations override. If approved by voters, the continuation of the 10% will maintain the current override funding and prevent cuts to the M&O budget within GUHSD.


M&O Override Recommendations

At the May 2 meeting, the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee Co-Chairs brought forth a recommendation to the GUHSD Governing Board to call for an election to renew the override funding currently in place.

The Co-chairs of the committee provided a summary of their meeting, including the final meeting on April 12, where the committee formulated the recommendations for presentation to the Governing Board. The committee discussed the continuation of the existing override, possible budget reductions if the override funds were not available and had in-depth discussion in regards to increasing the override to 15%.

After a thorough review of the district maintenance and operation budget, district program costs and thoughtful discussion, the committee offered the following recommendations to the Governing Board:

  • The Committee voted 67-1 in support for the need to continue the 10% override. The input from the community meetings would also indicate overwhelming support to at minimum continue the existing override.
  • The Committee voted 67-0 in support of the recommended budget reduction if the override funds were no longer available.
  • The Committee voted 46-22 in favor of supporting the recommendation that the board consider calling for an election that would increase the override to 15%. The Committee was generally united in feeling that the additional funding would be valuable to move beyond the status quo, well spent in supporting district programs, increasing teacher/staff salaries, enhancing academic achievement and making our campuses more secure.

    The committee was unable to determine specific reductions to the district budget that would not have negative consequences to our schools. Because budget reduction amounts are mandated by state statute, they offered more general areas for budget reduction decisions to be made by the district with the following criteria:

  • Reductions should have the least impact on the district core curriculum.
  • Reductions should affect the fewest number of students possible.
  • Reductions should be spread among all stakeholders.
  • Reductions should not result in a loss of equity in programs among schools.
  • Reductions should be made to modify before elimination of programs.

The Co-chairs voiced the understanding that ultimately the Governing must make the difficult decision and expressed hope that the Board call for the election.

Community Meetings

The Glendale Union High School District must hold a special election with approval by the majority of voters to continue the current maintenance and operation (M&O) budget override. The Governing Board has authorized a Citizens’ Committee to review the M&O budget in order to make recommendations on whether or not to call for the election and to recommend program cuts or reductions if the override funding is not continued.

Public presentations are being planned to provide information and to gather input from our community. The format calls for the communities of three schools to gather at one location. While it is preferred that you attend the presentation with your school, if your schedule does not allow for this, please feel free to attend any of the presentations. Your attendance and involvement in this process is important to our students, our schools and our community.

March 13 Apollo, Glendale, and Independence high schools
Meeting location: Glendale High School, 6216 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale -
Time: 6:00 p.m.

March 14 Cortez, Moon Valley, and Greenway high schools
Meeting location: Moon Valley High School, 3625 W. Cactus Rd., Phoenix -
Time: 6:00 p.m.

March 15 Washington, Sunnyslope, and Thunderbird high schools
Meeting location: Sunnyslope High School, 35 W. Dunlap Rd.,Phoenix - Conference
Time: 6:00 p.m.

What is a Maintenance and Operation Budget Override?

A school district’s budget is limited by law. Yet school districts may ask voters for direct funding to supplement budget allocations from the Legislature. With approximately 85 percent of the M&O budget used for staff salaries and related benefit costs for the district’s 2,000 employees, community support is necessary to maintain current programs or services.

If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact the Community Relations Department at 623-435-6001 or email prdept@guhsdaz.org.

Blue Ribbon Citizens’ Committee

On February 7, 2018, Glendale Union High School District’s Governing Board approved the formation of a Blue Ribbon Citizens’ Committee. The committee will consist of representatives from all high schools in the district and their purpose is to present to the Governing Board recommendations on:

1.   Whether to call for a Maintenance and Operation Override renewal election to be held on November 6, 2018 and
2.   If a Maintenance and Operation Override renewal election is not called for or if the election should fail, to recommend reductions to district programs.

Members of the committee will begin a series of meetings on March 8 at 6 p.m.