Chandler Edition - July 2020

CHANDLER EDITION

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 12  JULY 30AUG. 26, 2020

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Schoolswork to adapt to COVID19 challenges

As Chandler USD prepares for the start of the school year Aug. 5, the district prepared and unveiled its 2020-21 proposed budget.

BY ALEXA D’ANGELO

When schools shuttered in March across Arizona in an attempt to stymie the spread of COVID-19, district ocials had no way of knowing that it would become a monthslong uphill battle they were still ghting ahead of the fall semester. The virus has permeated nearly every facet of Chandler USD between March and July. From the implementation of distance learning to crafting a budget for the 2020-21 school year, district ocials are having to nd new and creative ways to educate students and not break the bank. “Educators and school districts across the state—and across the country—are building the plane as they y it,” said Chris Kotterman, director of governmental relations with the Arizona School Board Association. Chandler USD announced plans July 1 for all students to return to school Aug. 5 in some online format—either the district’s Chandler Online Academy for the students that would remain online for at least one quarter or Google Classroom for students who would start online then return to brick-and-mortar classrooms when schools reopen. The announcement came after an order from the governor delayed the start of in-person classes until at least Aug. 17. Both options have signicant impacts on the district’s proposed 2020-21 budget, Chief Financial Ocer Lana Berry said. The district was given $3.2 million from the CONTINUED ON 14

“There is no one way that is less expensive, in my opinion. [Online learning is] going to take creativity, resources, time and money.” CAMILLE CASTEEL,

IMPACTS

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Chandler Unied School District superintendent

Tax rate

Tax rate

6.4698

6.4224

-0.73%

$355,357,869 Total aggregate school district budget

$378,239,828 Total aggregate school district budget

SWEETIES CANDY

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+6.44%

Average teacher salary

Average teacher salary

$59,575

$62,315

2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

+4.6%

Elementary and secondary school emergency relief from CARES ACT $3.2million

Applying for state reimbursement program

$1 million

SOURCE: CHANDLER USDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

MARKET AT A GLANCE

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2020 EDI T ION REAL ESTATE

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OVERALL CHANGES IN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE MARKET Local real estate experts say that Chandler is low on housing inventory. 405 Active listings across six Chandler ZIP codes JUNE 2020 804 Active listings across six Chandler ZIP codes JUNE 2019 -49.63% PERCENT CHANGE

Chandler sees fewer homes on themarket

BY ALEXA D’ ANGELO

the pandemic, but some experts think diculties could arise in the coming months. “We are seeing tight inventory at all levels,” said Mark Stapp, real estate expert and director of the Master of Real Estate Development program at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Stapp said buyers looking for homes may be forced to look at the top of or above their price range, while in con- trast people who are facing foreclosure or evictions may not nd lower-priced CONTINUED ON 12

The city of Chandler is seeing record-low housing inventory, which is due primarily to the coronavirus pandemic, according to local residen- tial real estate experts. The Valley—Chandler in particu- lar—was already seeing less than what experts consider a “healthy” level in the number of homes available on the market prior to March when the pandemic and closures began to grip Greater Phoenix and the nation. The market, aside from low inventory, has not faced signicant trouble due to

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