Unofficial tally shows PUSD bond proposal denied

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Peoria Times Staff Writer

Peoria Unified School District’s $189.2 million school bond proposal was losing as voters spoke loudly for the second election in a row as they appeared to deny the PUSD bond request. One incumbent and one newcomer won election to the PUSD Governing Board and three incumbents to the Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District were all re-elected. The totals are unofficial and were taken from the Maricopa  County Recorder’s election web page.
After narrowly missing getting a bond on the 2017 ballot, the Governing Board placed the $189.2 million bond on this year’s ballot and it appears voters unofficially denied it with a 55-45 vote against approval. It was the second time in two years voters have denied a bond in PUSD. In November of 2016, voters denied a $198 million bond by a 19 percent margin. It was the first time a PUSD bond had failed since before 2003.
“We are cautiously optimistic. While we recognize that it would very difficult to overcome this deficit, there are still hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count,” PUSD spokesperson Danielle Airey said. “We will diligently watch for the remaining votes to come in.”
If the bond were approved, it would have kept the bond tax rate at or below $1.60 (per $100 assessed valuation) and would have funded facility modernization, land purchase and new construction for student growth, technology, arts education, career and technical education and student transportation.
It also would have allocated $83 million for facility modernization and site improvements, and $75.9 million for student growth for the purchase of land and new construction for one high school and construction of a new facility for the Peoria Traditional School.
In the Governing Board election, Beverly Pingerelli was re-elected and Cory Underhill came out ahead of  Davita Solter and Michael James Gard to grab a seat on the board for a four-year term.
Pingerelli garnered 34 percent while Underhill had 25 percent of the vote. Solter (22 percent) and Gard (20) came up just short.
“I am very excited to serve the community for another four years,” Pingerelli said. “I want to thank everyone who voted, no matter who they voted for, and I am just happy everyone came out to vote and I hope they continue to vote in the future with such strong numbers.”
Pingerelli said she feels the main issue the board may be faced with is the denial of the bond by voters.
“I assume the failure of the bond is going to come up and be a tremendous discussion for us,” Pingerelli said. “Administration is going to have to bring forward a recommendation and we will have to consider what they bring us and we will potentially have to have a study session and see what they say.”
Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board had three seats up for election with each incumbent winning re-election by large margins.
Kathleen Winn defeated Roc Arnett with 62 percent of the vote for the at-large bid; Marie Sullivan defeated two challengers with 49 percent of the vote in District 3; and Jean McGrath topped Stan Arterberry with 63 percent in District 4.
PUSD BOND OVERRIDE    (46 percent counted)
        VOTES (percent)
    NO –     29,261 (55)
    YES –     23,843 (45)

PUSD GOVERNING BOARD (46 percent counted)
                VOTES (percent)
    Beverly Pingerelli    24,996     (34)
    Cory Underhill        17,952     (25)
    Davita Solter        15,788     (22)
    Michael James Gard    14,357     (20)

MCCCD AT-LARGE (44 percent counted)
                VOTES (percent)
    Kathleen Ann Winn    390,698   (62)
    Roc Arnett        236,527   (38)

MCCCD DISTRICT 3 (46 percent counted)
                VOTES (percent)
    Marie Sullivan        57,843     (49)
    Debi Vanderboom    30,736     (26)
    Sherman Elliot        30,262     (25)

MCCCD DISTRICT 4 (47 percent counted)
            VOTES (percent)
    Jean McGrath    94,168     (63)
    Stan Arterberry    56,256     (37)

 

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