High school override enlists a who’s-who of backers at kick-off gala


Story by Diana Whittle
Photo by Billy Hardiman

7Editor’s note: Backers of two school-district
overrides have ramped up their campaigns to draw
attention to a pair of November ballot measures.
Tempe Union staged a personality-studded launch
party at Tempe Center for the Arts, while Kyrene
planners plan to kick off their eff orts later this
month at a party planned for the new west Chandler
Naber’s location. Coverage of that event will appear
in an upcoming issue of Wrangler News.
Community leadership is behind an aggressive
outreach effort in support of a ballot measure
on Nov. 5 to benefit the Tempe Union High
School District.
The ballot measure extends the existing budget
override for TUHSD and authorizes a bond sale, but
will not increase taxes or spending.
Voters will be asked in November to approve
continuation of the current 10 percent Maintenance
and Operation Budget Override and to allow the sale
of $75 million in general obligation bonds for facility
After a defeat in the last election in 2012,
The mood was high and the determination unwavering
as backers of the ‘Yes Support Our High Schools’ kickoff
event, ‘A Night at the Tempe Center for the Arts,’ got
under way. On hand to help keep the campaign on target
were, clockwise from top, members of the Corona Steel
Drum Band; co-chair Rosalie Hirano and Kyrene School
Board President Beth Brizell; Kyrene board member
and past president Michelle Hirsch; event co-chair Jevin
Hodge (right) and his family, joined by former ASU
quarterback Andrew Walter, now running for Congress;
the McClintock High School ‘Chanticleers;’ and Jevin with
another campaign supporter, Taylor Meuloma.



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