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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

Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board Re-elects Melissa Zuidema as President

Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board Re-elects Melissa Zuidema as President

In a unanimous decision at the January 9, 2024, governing board meeting, Melissa Zuidema was re-elected as the President of the Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board. Board members Kimberly Moran, Danielle Clymer, and Ryan Owens showed their overwhelming support for Zuidema by casting their votes in favor of her continued leadership.

Melissa Zuidema, known for her unwavering advocacy for public education, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the role. She firmly believes in the importance of parent and community support for our local schools. Zuidema has a rich history of contributing to LESD79, having served in various capacities on multiple PTA boards. Her deep conviction is that the success of the district is directly tied to the excellence of its teachers and staff.

Litchfield Elementary School District Superintendent Carter Davidson, Ed. D., praised Zuidema's leadership, stating, "President Zuidema has consistently demonstrated exceptional relationship-building skills during her tenure. She fosters a positive and collaborative environment within our district and within our Governing Board. I am thankful for all of her efforts and can count on President Zuidema to make decisions that reflect the needs and voices of our families and their children."

Looking ahead, Zuidema envisions a collaborative approach, working closely with all stakeholders to make open-minded decisions that prioritize student growth and achievement while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Her commitment to fostering a positive and enriching educational environment is evident in her plans to engage the community in shaping the future of the Litchfield Elementary School District.

Melissa Zuidema expressed her gratitude for the unanimous support, saying, "I am honored to continue serving as the President of the Governing Board. Together, with the support of our dedicated community, we will navigate the challenges ahead and ensure that every student in the Litchfield Elementary School District receives a high-quality education. I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to shape a bright future for our district."

As the Litchfield Elementary School District moves forward, the re-election of Melissa Zuidema as President, marks a continued commitment to strong leadership and a collaborative vision for the future of education in our community.