PHOENIX – Read what school superintendents across the state are saying about Prop 123, the state of their school districts, and what happens if Prop 123 does not pass.

Altar Valley School District Superintendent  David Dumon on AZPM

“We’ve been underfunded since 2010 … We have teachers who are in Altar Valley School District who have 10 years experience and a master’s degree, making $34,000 a year. It’s horrible.”

Benson Unified School District Superintendent Micah Mortensen in the Benson News-Sun

“It will immediately restore approximately $261,000 in state funding to our current 2016 budget and begin the restoration of past, unpaid state funding for the next 10 years. The district will receive additional funding at approximately $54,000 per year. Funding could be used for new buses, technology upgrades, salary increases and maintaining aging facilities.”

Cave Creek Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick in Foothills Focus

“If it (Prop 123) doesn’t pass, there are 63 positions that will be cut. These positions include special area teacher positions, counselors, school office positions, and others. If the measure passes, CCUSD will receive $905,00 per fiscal year for the next 10 years, depending on student enrollment.”

CGESD Superintendent Frank Davidson in

“The district would receive $1.4 million this fiscal year. Since about 83 percent of the district’s budget is spent on employee salaries and benefits, he said the funds would mostly go toward a one-time bonus to all staff members.”

Coolidge Unified School District superintendent Charie Wallace on KJZZ

“It really saddens me how this state has treated public education,” says superintendent Wallace, a 42-year veteran of public education. She says supporting school funding shouldn’t be a partisan issue. “Our founding fathers started public education. It evens the playing field.”

Paradise Valley Unified School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations Laura Felten on KJZZ

 “If it doesn’t pass, the budget will pretty much look like it does this current school year. If Prop 123 does pass, we’re putting all the additional funds into salaries,” 

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman in The Payson RoundUp

“There is money in the general fund, but I am not sure it is sustainable over the next 10 years. Currently, that figure is at around $600 million plus $400 million in the rainy day fund. This will not fund the 10 years and once used, the state revenue would have to exceed state expenses at a number above and beyond this in order to ensure there was more money in the future.”

Pima County Joint Technical Education District Superintendent and CEO  Alan Storm in the Arizona Daily Star

“If we do not get the money now, we will not get it for another five or six years.”

Prescott Unified School Superintendent Joe Howard in the Chino Valley Review

“While Howard said the district won’t have to shutter schools as it did a year ago, a smaller budget will probably result in fewer employees, which in turn could lead to increased class sizes.”

Saddle Mountain Unified School District superintendent Mark Joraanstad on KJZZ

“If Prop 123 passes, our budget would increase $390,000. Out of a budget of $9 million, that’s all the money in the world to us.”

Sahuarita School District Superintendent Manuel Valenzuela in AZPM

“Another priority is student safety and money from Proposition 123 could be used for upgrades and maintenance of school security cameras. He will recommend a 5 percent pay increase for all employees next school year if Prop. 123 passes.”

Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District Superintendent David Verdugo in Nogales International

“Our district priority is to retain our valued employees. To do this, we must maintain competitive salaries and benefits. The bottom line is that we want to make sure we take care of our employees, and they feel supported.”

Snowflake Superintendent Hollis Merrell in Arizona Journal

“If Proposition 123 passed, we could adjust the classified salary schedule so we have competitive salaries.”

Toltec Elementary School District Superintendent Bryan McCleney in Tri Valley Central

“The money would go towards increasing teacher salaries, starting with the teachers who have had pay freezes for the longest.”

Tucson Unified School District Superintendent H.T. Sanchez on AZPM

“Sanchez said his recommendation would be to use the money to increase an already-planned $500-a-year raise in teacher salaries.”

Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger in Williams News

“The district would see an additional $115,000 next year and every year for the next 10 years if the measure is passed. It will bring more funding into our district, it would go directly into salaries.”

Yuma School District One Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard on KYMA

“This is the money that we haven’t been able to repair schools for the last 8 years. We haven’t purchased curriculum for the past 8 years. Our salaries across the nation they’re just so terribly low.”