M&O Override

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 an 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.