'Yes for Dysart Children' keeps override issue at forefront following layoffs

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After deep cuts to the Dysart Unified School District, parents there aren't giving up.

More than 100 teachers were laid off this week after an override measure that would have solved their budget problems didn't get the necessary votes, but concerned parents vow to continue meeting to fight for their kids.

Parents and concerned community members got together at the Northwest Regional Library on Saturday to figure out how they can keep the override issue in the forefront.

"Yes for Dysart Children" said lack of voter turnout for a proposed $18 million override that would have funded their schools is to blame.

“Teachers already have their pink slips and they're going to have to look for different jobs,” said concerned parent Angie Normand.

The Dysart Unified School District Governing Board made the decision to let those teachers go by the next school year, saying the district is strapped for cash. It has to cut $6 million from its budget for school year 2015-2016.

“The district had to reduce their budget, but Yes for Dysart Children is going to be active in the community trying to inform voters," said parent Jack Erb.

Concerned parents and other members of the community involved in Yes for Dysart Children said they will have meetings each month and push for the override to make it onto the next election's ballot.

"We're going to keep the communication going,” Normand said.

They plan to have outreach programs, and recruit volunteers to put up street signs and yard signs and send out mailers.

They also plan to put up electronic billboards, but they said they will have to raise at least $75,000 to keep their outreach efforts going.

They’ve already started fundraising by selling T-shirts.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/dysartoverride.