Originally Published: October 30, 2015 6 a.m.
My name is Mackenzie Grauberger and I am a senior at Prescott High School. I have participated and currently do participate in many extracurricular activities, such as basketball, volleyball, Key Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and National Honor Society.
My brother (now graduated) and I moved to PUSD for our high school career. As you have probably heard, most of our teachers are amazing! Our test scores are through the roof and our athletic teams are very competitive. Each year we have at least one Flinn Scholar. We send Prescott High alumni across the globe for college and study abroad programs. We have a wonderful chain of grade schools, bringing the best and brightest students through our front doors.
Those aren't the only things coming through our doors though; broken down buses, favorite teachers leaving and rain inside! This bond and override will provide the school with funding to pay for new buses and structural improvements, but more importantly, to attract new teachers and give current teachers the cost of living raise that was supposed to be guaranteed every year, yet they haven't received in eight-plus years.
This election will not raise taxes, but will replace the current tax, and provide the opportunity to give our students the best resources and environment they can be in. If you have questions, ask! Please educate yourself on this election. Our community is so amazing and supportive in many ways. Our schools and administrators already work very hard to provide for this district, and lately they have been working double- time to keep everything up and running.
Funding continues to be cut from education in the state of Arizona, and unfortunately, it's hit our little town of Prescott very hard. With the backing of our community, we may be able to hold out until funding picks up. Thank you for your consideration and please vote "yes."