Gilbert Supports Education is a political action committee formed to pass the GPS maintenance and operations budget limit increase set to appear on the ballot November 6, 2012.
Many might erroneously assume that those who financially support this PAC would do so because of their love for children and belief in quality education. The campaign finance reports located here list a variety of companies and organizations that do regular business with the school district. The most sizeable donations is from the districts nearly exclusive construction vendor, Core Construction. According to the finance report, Core Construction donated 1000 signs and H stakes for the campaign.
Chasse Building Team is also a vendor of choice for smaller construction projects and is a subcontractor for Core. Chasse and Core Construction frequently give back to the district. This has raised ethical concerns. See more here, here, and here (picture below flyer of Core sponsored golf tournament). The Coalition for Educational Excellence, a seperate campaign donor is an organization formed and funded in large part Core Construction and Chasse Building Team. More details here. Why are these companies donating and then forming a Coalition for Educational Excellence that donates even more. Is it because the vendor company has campaign finance donation limits and this organization is the way to get around that?
Paul Ulan, a political consultant that Gilbert Public Schools hired for several thousand to consult regarding the override and who also works with the Gilbert Supports Education PAC, said “There is no conflict of interest in [PAC to support override] receiving money from a group supported by businesses that could potentially benefit from the passing of the ballot measures. The committee is not the district. “That way, there is a buffer between the district and the construction companies,” he said. Quote obtained here (article related to another district but is the same Paul Ulan).
Additionally, some GPS administrators are pretty wise with their investments. Who wouldn’t spend $100 or $325 to net an additional $2,000 annually. Even if these administrators join the average Gilbert School District homeowner and pay the additional $200 per year for property tax should the override pass, they will net a pretty good return on investment. What happens to the taxpayer that approves the budget override for the children because they are afraid of the alternative? He is just out $200 per year. We think it is better if he donated $200 directly to a teacher or program at his local school. In 2007 when the override passed, the district told us the override was needed to keep class sizes low and pay teachers more. The district is still getting our taxes from that override. Are class sizes low? Are teachers paid more? Do they deliver on their promises or might they be abusing our sympathies for our children?
Individual Contributor Donated Amount Benefit if Override Passed
Clyde Dangerfield $325 Approximate $2200 annual salary increase
Barb VeNard $100 Approximate $2200 annual salary increase
Shane McCord $100 Approximate $2100 annual salary increase
Jeff Filloon $100 Approximate $2100 annual salary increase
Jay Morris $100 Approximate $2100 annual salary increase
Doug Daley $100 Approximate $1900 annual salary increase
Jane Hecker $100 Approximate $1900 annual salary increase
Karen Coleman $100 Approximate $1800 annual salary increase
Korry Brenner $200 Approximate $1800 annual salary increase
Susan Kreitzer $100 Approximate $1700 annual salary increase
Chris Stroud $100 Approximate $1700 annual salary increase
Domonic Salce $100 Approximate $1700 annual salary increase