Town hall meetings in October will bring Paradise Valley school board members to local high schools as a convenience for parents.
John Kriekard, superintendent of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, and governing board president Sue Skidmore plan to discuss the district’s goals at the meetings and listen to the community’s concerns.
"There are a lot of people who are intimidated by a school board meeting and trying to speak before a group, so we thought it would be good to go right to their home community," Skidmore said.
Previous meetings have been successful, including one held at Horizon High School on Wednesday. A highlight was when students from North Canyon High School grilled officials on questions ranging from federal education laws to parking fees.
School administrators are also discussing the four school questions that voters will see on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Among the measures:
• A $161.7 million bond election for school facilities. This would include building new schools for the estimated 2,700 additional students who will come to the district in the next five years. It would also pay for upkeep in older schools, build more classrooms, replace old school buses and purchase new land, a district report states.
Tax rates would not rise because of continued growth in assessed valuation.
• A $9.1 million annual capital outlay budget override. This would replace a previously approved override, and would fund computers, networking and automation. It would also be used to purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment for new schools.
• Joining a Joint Technological Education District. By joining a consortium of 11 other school districts, Paradise Valley schools would be able to share resources to provide more vocational education for students.
"We have some big interest in biotechnology and nursing, and this would provide additional dollars to help get it rolling," Skidmore said.
• Boundary change and annexation. This would allow roughly 150 children who live in an area outside current school districts to join the Paradise Valley district.
The Paradise Valley Unified School District will hold two town hall meetings in October:
• Wednesday in the instructional technology center at Pinnacle High School, 3535 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
• Oct. 11 in the media center at Paradise Valley High School, 3950 E. Bell Road, Phoenix