Al Lorenz | Fountain Hills
I am truly grateful to have the great privilege of working with extraordinary citizens of Fountain Hills on a topic important to our community, education.
I volunteered to help facilitate support for the 2023 school bond elections for building improvements and school construction and land sales initiatives in Four Peaks. I spent over 36 years working for one of the best technology companies, Motorola (the company celebrated its 95th anniversary this year). Education and lifelong learning are essential to the success of companies like Motorola, incredible communities like ours, and the state of Arizona. This starts with educating our young citizens.
During this election cycle of supporting these two nonpartisan initiatives, I have learned new things about our community. I have been part of the school bond education committees for 16 years. I reconnected with and learned from over 50 of my old education advocate friends and new community friends. These people are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, educators, people of faith, homeless parents, retirees, business owners, young families, grandparents, golfers, hikers, football players. tennis and pickleball players, theater and music lovers, and most of all, “people who love Fountain Hills.” Fountain Hills is an inherently beautiful hometown, a community for all ages and interests.
I am grateful that voters agreed to the sale of Four Peaks land and buildings, but disappointed voters rejected improvements and investments in school facilities. What is disappointing is that our school board and school leadership team do not have the school bond option in their toolbox to improve facilities that are more than 20 years old.
I began contacting constituents to research the next options for upgrading our facilities. I know Fountain Hills residents love this community for many reasons, including excellent, well-maintained public schools.
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