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TAXPAYERS, LOWER YOUR TAXES AND SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS!
 
TAX CREDIT: HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

What is an EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY?

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.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
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. 

HOW CAN I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TAX CREDIT? UPDATE

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

Our award-winning district is tackling the bus driver shortage

with pay increases, employee stipends, contract labor, and teamwork.

 Like other school districts across the state and nation, Litchfield Elementary School District is experiencing a severe staffing shortage. School bus drivers are in particularly high demand.

In an effort to attract and retain quality student transporters, our award-winning district recently distributed retention stipends to eligible employees and increased the starting hourly rate for student transporters to $20.00. The rate increase is expected to gradually help to stabilize transportation services across the District, but bus drivers and bus monitors are still in high demand. (Bus monitors also recently received a $1 per hour pay increase.) 

Director of Community Relations Shelly Hornback said, “The recent pay increase has helped attract more than a dozen applicants, some of whom are currently in the hiring and training process that can take well over a month.”

In response to this serious labor shortage, the District has condensed many routes and routinely asks drivers to take on extra shifts. Several routes are canceled indefinitely and will be reinstated when new drivers are hired and trained. The Director of Transportation and the department’s administrative assistant have been driving daily routes since the beginning of the school year.

Hornback said, “In addition to incentive stipends, pay increases, and heroic drivers who are working extraordinarily hard, we are also partnering with a third-party vendor to finalize a contract that is expected to give us access to several additional qualified drivers.”

In addition to student transporters, the District has high demand for several support positions, including extended day staff, food service workers, guest teachers, classroom aides, and groundskeepers. 

Litchfield Elementary School District is hosting two job fairs to attract new employees. 

  • Saturday, January 22, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Support Service Building, 18921 West Thomas Road, Building A, Litchfield Park
  • Saturday, February 26, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Palm Valley Elementary School, 2801 North 135th Avenue, Goodyear 

Hornback said, “We are grateful to our families for their remarkable flexibility and support. Together, with our community, we are committed to doing everything we can to help our students thrive.”