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YOUR LETTERS: Chandler schools override

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 1:07 pm | Updated: 1:15 pm, Fri Nov 2, 2012.

Editor's Note: These letters to the editor have been sorted by topic by the Tribune editorial staff in an effort to allow readers to read varied opinions on the issues, candidates, and other circumstances surrounding the 2012 general election. These submissions are the opinions of the author, not the Tribune, and have not been edited for grammar or content.

District provides amazing opportunities, deserves support

I serve as chairman of the Chandler School Override Yes Committee. As a parent of two students here in Chandler, I have witnessed first hand the amazing breadth of educational opportunities offered by Chandler Unified School District, and I have observed the hard work our dedicated teachers perform on a daily basis. My past work on the budget and bond committees afforded me the opportunity to observe the superlative leadership of the district which has been wise and frugal with its spending yet insightful and creative with its vision for the future.

The district has kept faith with the public by managing itself like a business. When times were better the district did not spend every dollar available to them, they saved up money and built a contingency fund. Passage of this override will help the district replenish its contingency fund and plan for its future.

CUSD is a district in which the entire community can take pride. The district has been sagacious in the use of past overrides and bonds. Please join us in voting “Yes” on the override and help to cement a secure future for Chandler Schools.

Jim Bishop


People can be proud of district

I volunteer as a member of the Chandler Schools Override Yes Committee and a Co-PTO President of an elementary school in the Chandler Unified School District. I am a parent of two school aged children here in Chandler and am continually inspired and amazed at the hard work and dedication that I witness from all the teachers and staff at our schools. I have lived in Arizona my entire life and completed all of my schooling through graduating from college from our educational institutions. I have experienced first hand the devastating effects of the loss of talented teachers in our schools due to the continual budget cuts that occur to education in our state. It distresses me that my children may have to experience the same loss that I did and is one of the primary reasons our family has chosen to live in this district.

I commend our Chandler Unified School District for striving for continual excellence as shown by another A rating for a district of our size. Our district has worked diligently to manage itself like a business and to save money to build a contingency fund and not spend every dollar provided. Passage of this override will help the district to make up for the loss in state funding and replenish its contingency fund so it can plan for our future.

It will also facilitate a small raise for our much deserving teachers.

Every member of our community should be proud of our district, vote yes.

Elicia Bivins


District prepares students for success

I have lived in Chandler since I was in grade school, and am a 1995 graduate of Chandler High School, which prepared me well for Stanford University, where I earned two degrees. The broad-based, challenging education I received in Chandler helped inspire me to community service, so, after earning my Master’s Degree, I returned home to Chandler and my chosen field of non-profit work, serving as Executive Director/lICAN, Vice President /Valley of the Sun United Way, and currently as Executive Director/Chandler Christian Community Center.  

Chandler Unified School District has earned our trust.

Judicious use of taxpayers’ money has built a school district which perennially receives accolades. A YES vote for the Override will help CUSD continue its long-term commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders.

I have had the privilege of serving on Chandler’s City Council for two terms, including as your Vice Mayor. I strongly believe that one of my primary responsibilities is to foster a bright, sustainable future for Chandler. The health of a school district is a reflection of the health of the City. CUSD’s Override money will benefit our entire community. Vote YES for Chandler, YES for future leaders. Vote YES on November 6th!

Trinity Donovan

Chandler City Council Member

District delivers a quality education

I am a retiree choosing to live in Chandler. I find the climate and community to be a perfect fit for me. I believe one of the greatest assets of our community is the Chandler Unified School District. Though retired, I serve on the CUSD budget committee and Chandler Education Foundation Board of Directors. Through my involvement, I have garnered a deep sense of respect for the way the district manages its resources. I have a profound feeling of pride in the caliber of education provided by CUSD.

Public Education is an American tradition. We as a country achieved our place in the world as a direct result of our educational system. I am indebted to others for the education my children and the education my grandchildren are now receiving. I want future generations to have the same opportunities which were made available to us. Please join me in supporting the Chandler School Override this November.

Let’s invest in our children, they are our best hope for the future.

Marvin Arnpriester


Let’s make sure funding is first-rate

Please vote “Yes” on the override. The facts are pretty simple. Chandler Unified School District has received the prestigious “A” rating from the state for two straight years.

These outstanding educational opportunities come at a bargain price. Even with the override, those who live in Chandler will pay far lower taxes than most East Valley residents.

Everyone benefits from a successful and highly performing school district. I am thankful for the first rate education my sons are receiving. Join me in helping CUSD remain the finest district in the state by voting “Yes” on the override this November.

Suzie Witt

Mother of Two CUSD students, Chandler

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