The Southwest Valley is booming – leading the valley in job creation, growth and development. Our communities are making amazing strides attracting thousands of jobs and tens of millions in investment including Microsoft, Amazon, Nike, Cardinal Glass and many more. Our communities have among the highest median household incomes and lowest unemployment rates in the region. We are also home to the fastest growing city in the country and a wide variety of new entertainment, dining, and residential neighborhoods.
In short, the Southwest Valley is heading in the right direction. One of the key components to our success has been our outstanding schools. Our local schools are among the best in the state making our cities an attractive destination for companies and helps provide a ready workforce for companies to hire.
As the mayors of Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park, we recognize that education is a key component to our quality of life. People want to live in safe communities, with good job opportunities, and great schools. We must keep this positive momentum going in the Southwest Valley, which is why we support the Avondale Elementary School District Override and the Agua Fria Union High School District Bond.
Quality schools help increase property values, attract jobs, and reduce crime. If we want to continue to be competitive in attracting high-wage employers and improve our standard of living, we must ensure that our community is an attractive destination with safe schools that provide a well-rounded education.
The Avondale Elementary School District capital override will enhance safety and security infrastructure and equipment at all schools. It will also upgrade technology including curriculum, devices, and instructional materials. It will also renovate and improve school facilities as well as purchase pupil transportation vehicles. This proposal is not a tax increase, but rather a continuation of the override that is already in place.
The Agua Fria Union High School District bond will fund safety and security improvements at all schools. It will also fund critical building renovations and new construction as well as air conditioning and HVAC systems replacement. It will also fund site maintenance and campus improvements throughout the district. There are schools with classrooms that are over 60 years old and in desperate need of renovation. Other schools across the district have electrical issues and restrooms that have not been updated in 30 years. This bond will help address some essential needs at our high schools that are not funded by the state.
Keeping our students safe must be our number one priority – both the override and bond prioritize school safety spending. These proposals will ensure that our students have a safe and secure learning environment and access to the modern facilities, equipment, and tools necessary to succeed in the 21st-century workforce. They are a wise investment in the long-term growth and success of our community.
The Southwest Valley is a great place to work, start a business, recreate and raise a family. We need to make sure it stays that way by committing to quality educational opportunities at all levels to ensure the success of our future generations. Please join us in supporting the Avondale Elementary Override and Agua Fria Bond.