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A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.


Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 


Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction

Congratulations, Dan Ensign

Dan Ensign, our esteemed Director of Facilities, will be transitioning into a pivotal new role as the Director of Construction.

Dear Litchfield Elementary School District Community,

We are excited to share with you a significant development within our district that will further enhance our capabilities in providing top-tier facilities for our students and staff.

Dan Ensign, our esteemed Director of Facilities, will be transitioning into a pivotal new role as the Director of Construction. This appointment comes as a result of careful consideration by the LESD79 Governing Board, recognizing Mr. Ensign's exceptional qualifications and unwavering dedication to our district's mission.

With the recent passing of the bond this past November, we are embarking on an exciting journey of expansion and enhancement, most notably with the construction of our new School 17. Alongside this monumental project, we have allocated $40 million for additional building upgrades. It is clear that Mr. Ensign's expertise and leadership will be instrumental in ensuring the successful completion of these endeavors to the highest standards.

Mr. Ensign brings a wealth of experience to his new role, highlighting a distinguished career in construction and a proven track record of successful project management within our district and beyond. His notable achievements include serving as Project Manager for various crucial projects such as L. Thomas Heck Middle School, Mabel Padgett Elementary School, Litchfield Elementary Replacement Additions and multiple remodels within the LESD79 community prior to joining the District. Additionally, his contributions as Director of Construction at Verrado Heritage Elementary School, Belen Soto Elementary School, Support Services and his oversight of numerous facilities projects further demonstrate his capability and commitment to excellence.

Mr. Ensign embodies our district's values and understands the importance of providing our students with the best possible learning environments. His qualifications, including his LEED Accredited Professional and Smartscape Professional certifications, reflect his dedication to sustainable and innovative construction practices.

Moving forward, Mr. Ensign's focus will be on the careful stewardship of our voter-approved bond dollars, ensuring that every investment made benefits our students and staff. We are confident that under his leadership, our construction projects will be executed efficiently and effectively, further enhancing the educational experience within the Litchfield Elementary School District.

Please join us in congratulating Dan Ensign on his new role and in expressing our gratitude for his continued service to our district and community.