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Deer Valley School Board Passes $200 Million Budget

Deer Valley Unified School District's office
(Photo by Sky Schaudt - KJZZ)
Deer Valley Unified School District's office in north Phoenix.

One of the largest school districts in the Valley passed a final budget, factoring in millions of Proposition 123 and voter-approved budget override money.

In a 3-2 vote, the Deer Valley Unified School District board passed a $200 million budget. An override that narrowly passed in 2015 will raise property taxes by about $108 a year for those in the district, and will go toward giving teachers their first "meaningful raise" in eight years. A meaningful raise is a raise that's more than one percent.

Returning teachers also will get a seniority bonus.

The budget allocates half of the Proposition 123 money for other staff, like administrative and custodians, salary compensation. The other half will go toward purchasing textbooks and buses, which a spokesperson said were desperately needed.

Deer Valley serves around 35,000 students and covers about 360 square miles.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.