The Grand Canyon Unified School District and Stilo Development USA have entered into an historic donation agreement should a proposed development move forward in the Town of Tusayan.
The agreement calls for Stilo’s assistance in inequitable school funding, technology donations, study abroad programs, monetary grants, and impact fees. Stilo’s donation depends on a variety of factors, most importantly final approval of its development proposal, but ultimately could have an impact in the tens of millions of dollars for the Grand Canyon Unified School District.
The Grand Canyon School is unique in that it is the only K-12 school district located within a National Park. While 61% of the students live in the Park and are children of NPS or concessionaire employees, 100% of the State tax burden of the school is borne by the taxpayers of Tusayan.
Stilo and the school district developed the donation agreement on the basis of future growth in Tusayan from its developments and their affect on potential increased school enrollment. Stilo also recognized the funding inequity and addressed the inadequate funding arrangement for the Grand Canyon Unified School District in the agreement, alongside a variety of financial and other resources to our children, among them:
The agreement is divided into three stages based on potential development. The first stage is effective immediately and includes a $30,000 followed by a $54,500 April donation intended to be used for a variety of local school needs, including but not limited to: teacher recognition, Challenge Day on bullying, band instruments, paying teacher stipends, books for elementary children. In April, $54,500.00 will be given to the district to be used to create a student foreign travel/learning program. However, if other on-site programs are facing cuts, Stilo recognizes that the district may need to use those funds for other critical needs. Phase two of the donation agreement funding kicks in if and when the development is approved by Tusayan voters on May 15, 2012, and the final phase begins if and when Stilo breaks ground on its new development.
The agreement was signed on February 9th by Stilo representatives Tom DePaolo and Superintendent, Sharyl Allen, signed the agreement on February 21st after the school’s board approved the agreement of the agreement at a special meeting on February 20th.
“Our youth are the future of the Tusayan and Grand Canyon community and Stilo believes that a well-educated community enhances the likelihood of success of the businesses that will open within the development projects,” Stilo President Vittorio Bianchi said. “Stilo would prefer to see these young folks own a business in the area rather than simply work in one. This agreement represents our investment in the people of Tusayan and their future.”
Allen said, “The district has worked hard to reduce any adverse impact the Stilo development may have on our schools. Stilo has listened keenly to the long list of needs and wide array of programs that need help. Through this cash donation agreement, Stilo has demonstrated their commitment toward being a firm supporter of an exceptional education for the children who attend Grand Canyon Schools. I, for one, am pleased that the governing board and Stilo reached common understanding on how this donation agreement resolves the issues facing the school district, from the proposed development. It is a very generous donation agreement. ”
What an amazing night at the Tusayan Town Council meeting! Resident after resident offered passionate reasons to move forward with the Stilo development plan. 122 people who live in the area signed a letter asking the town council to vote in favor of new housing, jobs and opportunities! Opponents let their Phoenix lawyer speak for them and outside interests continue to insist they know what’s best for Tusayan, not you. Thank you, Tusayan residents and employees for coming out tonight!
“I’ve worked here now for almost nine years and got to live in this community briefly but because I own animals and company housing doesn’t allow animals, I have to live in housing in Valle.
It puts your life in jeopardy every single day driving back and forth though the winters, through the summers dodging elk and unbelievable foreigners. I have wanted to come to this community and to be apart of this community and unfortunately I cant because there is no housing opportunity for those of us who want to be here.
My plea to you, the town council, is please approve this Ten-X annex. Get some housing in here. Get some people in here who want to raise their families here, who want to be here, be apart of the community, be apart of the growth of the businesses and make this place a better place for all to be not just some. Only some people are allowed to live here. The rest of us can’t.
Stilo has submitted several planning and zoning documents to the Town of Tusayan in relation to planned uses on properties it owns in and around Tusayan. Click on the titles in bold to view the corresponding document.
The documents include:
1. Development Agreement - This document governs any new development in Tusayan by Stilo. It covers every aspect of the proposals for each property, and would be signed by both members of the Stilo Group and Town officials should it be approved by the Town Council.
The development agreement governs potential annexation of the Ten-X property by the town, schedule, conveyance of 40 acres of Stilo’s property to the town, water and infrastructure, temporary and permanent housing plans, and performance benchmarks.
2. Camper Village Zoning Submittal Packet - This document outlines the types of zoning, legal descriptions of the property, and vision statement for the Camper Village property, complete with maps and photos.
3. Ten-X Ranch Zoning Submital Packet - This document outlines the types of zoning, legal descriptions of the property, and vision statement for the Ten-X Ranch property, complete with maps and photos.
4. Kotzin Ranch Zoning Submittal Packet - This document outlines the types of zoning, legal descriptions of the property, and vision statement for the Kotzin Ranch property, complete with maps and photos.
Check out the Grand Canyon News and Western Times coverage of Stilo’s March 30 Open House in Tusayan:
Grand Canyon News: Tusayan development plan characterized as ‘win-win’ deal
Western Times: Stilo touts ‘progress’ in development discussions