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Voters Say “Yes” to Kyrene School District Maintenance & Operations Override Continuation

Posted November 2021


On November 2, 2021, the Kyrene School District asked registered voters living within district boundaries to renew/continue a 15% maintenance and operations budget override. According to preliminary election results, the override continuation passed.


Kyrene has been operating under a locally supported M&O override since 2003. An override allows local voters to approve additional funding for school district operating costs.


“We are thankful for such strong community support,” said Kyrene Superintendent Laura Toenjes. “With voter approval, this override continuation will generate $13.8 million in additional maintenance and operations funding which is equivalent to 200 teaching positions or approximately 20% of all Kyrene teachers.”


A “yes” vote on continuing the M&O Override supports the following in Kyrene:

  • Special area instruction
  • Targeted student support services
  • Competitive salaries to retain & attract high-quality teachers and staff
  • Currently reduced class sizes


Officials with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office expect to verify election results over the next few weeks. For the latest update on the election, visit the Maricopa County elections website.


Kyrene Elementary School District has consistently been one of the top districts in Arizona. There are 26 schools in the District (18 elementary, 6 middle schools, two K-8). The District’s boundaries encompass all of Ahwatukee, and parts of Chandler, Guadalupe, Tempe, and the Gila River Indian Reservation. Kyrene schools are consistently among the top-performing in the East Valley and the Kyrene reputation speaks of high academic standards, strong parental support and a “whole child” approach.