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Welcome

Welcome to the DUSD #27 Website!

We are excited and hope you enjoy visiting our website while you learn more about our schools, programs, and the many educational services we offer the students of southeastern Arizona.

And, while you're here, be sure to check out our many pages of informative resources with helpful links to learning tools for parents and students.


At Douglas Unified Schools we believe that through the combined efforts of involved parents, devoted teachers, dedicated staff and administrators, and enthusiastic students, "Every student can reach his or her highest potential".

Taxpayers within Douglas Unified School District

 

RE:  2014-2015 Tax Rates

 

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, our tax rates dropped due to a calculation driven by forms developed at the state level and required to be used by statute.  This drop in the tax rate left DUSD and other school districts in Cochise County in a position where we have to make up for the lost revenue that took place as a result of the prior three year drop in property taxes.  

 

When informed of this discrepancy, several of the school districts in Cochise County worked closely with the County Supervisors, the County Treasurer, the County Schools Superintendent, and the County Attorney to minimize the impact of making up this revenue.  We have worked to make up this difference over a two year period versus a one year period, thus lessening the impact of a property tax increase in a single year.

 

Property tax payers will see an increase in property tax over the next two years simply to cover the decrease they saw last year.   This means property tax payers will pay the same sum they would have paid over a three year period, but not as evenly as we would like to have seen it.

 

Over time, the Arizona State Legislature has slowly transferred the burden of paying for public schools to local tax payers and this is evidence of such tactics.  The main cause of this sequence of events begins with the State Legislature shifting payments to schools into the fiscal year following the year in which expenses were incurred instead of meeting their obligations during the same fiscal year as had been practiced for decades.    For DUSD this means that $4.2 million that should have been paid by June 30,  was not paid until July 7th.

 

While we have been given a difficult situation to manage, we do want taxpayers to know many parties worked very hard to even out our tax rates and to prevent an increase that would drastically exceed last year’s  rate.

 

 

Sheila Rogers

Superintendent

Douglas Unified School District #27

520 264-2447

 

Working together, raising standards, and developing leaders!

Si usted desea alguna información en Español o la traducción de alguna de nuestras formas, favor de comunicarse al Centro de Inscripciones al teléfono (520) 224-2446 o puede visitarnos en el 1132 en la Calle 12, Douglas, AZ 85607.  Gracias

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Budget News
  • Taxpayers: 2014-2015 Tax Rates
    In the 2013-14 fiscal year, our tax rates dropped due to a calculation driven by forms developed at the state level and required to be used by statute.  This drop in the tax rate left DUSD and other school districts in Cochise County in a position where we have to make up for the lost revenue that took place as a result of the prior three year drop in property taxes.  
  • Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015
    You are welcome to view the Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 for the Douglas Unified School District #27 on the ADE Web Site.
  • AFR for 2012-2013

    The Annual Financial Report (AFR) is a report of expenditures made and revenues received for the School Year beginning July 1st and ending June 30th of the following year. The report is put together by our Business Department and approved by the Governing Board. You are welcome to view the 2012-2013 AFR on the Arizona Department of Education Web Site's School Finance page.

DISTRICT VISION GOALS
Motto: Working together, raising standards, and developing leaders.


MISSION
Our commitment is to provide each student with the opportunity, means, and motivation to maximize his/her potential for intellectual and personal growth, and to develop those skills and attitudes essential to lifelong learning in a changing society.

VISION
By working together, DUSD will create opportunities to motivate and maximize intellectual and personal growth by raising standards and developing leaders.

GOALS
All students in DUSD will have a highly qualified and highly effective teacher.

All students in DUSD will experience success by meeting or exceeding on state standardized testing.

DUSD will develop current and future leadership through the establishment of a common District vision that will sustain highly qualified and highly effective leadership.

DUSD will work towards the support of our core mission by all stakeholders.

DUSD shall continue its communication and collaboration with all stakeholders.


BELIEF STATEMENTS
In support of the District's vision and mission statements, DUSD will ensure that there will be a safe, respectful learning environment for all.

DUSD believes that building relationships is the key to a successful and productive learning environment.

DUSD believes that every student deserves the opportunity to develop as an intelligent, curious, creative and caring human being.

DUSD believes in the power of family/school partnerships in the development of productive citizens.
 
Upcoming Events
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What's New??
  • School Board Special Meeting

    Please be advised that there will be a School Board Special Meeting on Wednesday, September 24th, at 5:00 PM, in the District Office Board Room.

  • Lunch Price Increase for 2014-2015 School Year
    Due to Federal mandate, lunch prices have increased by 10¢ for all grade levels. The new prices are $1.45 for Preschool, $2.20 for Elementary and Middle School and $2.35 for High School.
  • Dear Parents,
    Please be advised that the Douglas Unified School District is NOW ACCEPTING Personal Checks as a method of payment for any of our services. You can continue paying with cash, money orders, checks or through our new and convenient online payment method when paying for lunch balance.
  • Make a difference in your community!
    Contribute to the Douglas Unified School District Extracurricular Activities fund and claim a credit of up to $200 on your Arizona Income taxes ($400 for married filing jointly).  You don’t have to have a school age child enrolled, or even be a parent to donate and claim a tax credit.

    A tax credit is a dollar for dollar reduction in the amount of money you will pay the State of Arizona tax you owe.  If the credit is more than the amount of taxes you owe, the credit can be carried forward for up to five years.  To receive a credit for this calendar year, your donation must be postmarked by December 31, 2014.

    Print and fill out the "2014 Tax Credit Donation-Payroll Authorization Form" located on our Home page under the "Staff" section  and submit it to our HR dept. for processing.