A budget override to pay for computers, software and classroom tools in the Kyrene School District has passed, and community members and school officials are relieved to have $6.8 million in funding secured for the next seven years.
"More than anything else, we're very relieved and grateful to all the voters who came out and supported the schools," said former Kyrene parent and governing board member Mitzi Epstein, who spearheaded a group that spread the word about the election.
The override was down by just under 300 votes on election night and seemed headed for failure. Once the provisional ballots were counted, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell said, the override passed by 225 votes.
The only votes left to tally as of Monday afternoon were the conditional provisional ballots. There was only one in Kyrene, Purcell said.
The override was back on the ballot this year after being rejected by 96 votes out of about 48,000 cast last year. It replaces an override that was set to expire June 30, 2013.