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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

The Arizona Attorney General's Office recently issued a disposition letter to the Litchfield Elementary School District regarding Open Meeting Law (OML) complaints filed in reference to meetings in the months of March and August of 2022.  The link above will provide access to the letter in its entirety, stating their findings.  Below are brief statements which were included in the letter to provide context:

"The Office has concluded its review of the allegations pertaining to the events discussed below, which were the subject of the inquiry letter this Office sent to the Board on November 17, 2022. We find that that Board members Kimberly Moran, Melissa Zuidema, and Danielle Clymer did not violate the OML at the March 15, 2022 Board meeting when they adjourned the meeting early. We further find that Board member Jeremy Hoenack violated the OML at the August 30, 2022 Board meeting by discussing matters that were not noticed on the agenda.

The violation found here occurred more than a year-and-a-half ago and Mr. Hoenack is no longer a member of the Board. Accordingly, the only remedies this Office requires are: 1) the Board must share a summary of the contents of this letter at its next regular meeting; and 2) the District must post this letter prominently on its website for six months from the date of this letter (until November 14, 2024). The Board must provide evidence of compliance with the foregoing requirements no later than November 29, 2024.

Working toward student achievement and excellent outcomes for all students is the essential work of school boards.

Litchfield elementary school district Governing Board

The Board is authorized under the laws of the state of Arizona to adopt all needed policies and regulations for the organization, evaluation and governance in the District (Policy BBA - Board Powers and Responsibilities). The Board performs the following basic functions necessary to the discharging of its responsibilities - legislative, executive and appraisal:

  • The legislative function is the policy-making aspect of the school system. It is the policy of the Board to retain and exercise full legislative authority and control over the schools by adopting general policies or by acting directly in matters not covered by its policies.
  • The executive function of the Board is concerned with placing in operation existing Board policy. Most of this function is delegated by the Board to its executive and administrative officer, the Superintendent.
  • The appraisal function involves the determination of the efficiency of the school operation and an evaluation of the educational program of the District based on the policies as outlined in the policy manual.
  • Board members are unpaid elected officials.

Five Governing Board members are elected for staggered, four-year terms. They serve without compensation. The Governing Board sets policy for the management of the District, and the Superintendent and cabinet are responsible for the execution of these policies.

Each member of the Governing Board is elected to serve a four-year term. Every two years, either two or three positions are filled during the November general election. Board candidates must reside within the district boundaries for one year prior to being elected to office. Arizona law does not limit the number of terms a member may serve.  

Contact the Governing Board

Individuals interested in contacting the Governing Board may do so by sending an email to the individual email addresses of the Governing Board members or by submitting a contact us request. In order to comply with the Governing Board’s communication protocols, any individual email responses may be limited.

Board Member Name Board Member Email Address
Danielle Clymer
Kimberly Moran
Ryan Owens
Melissa Zuidema
Michele Wallace

Under Arizona Law, email to and from public entities may be public records subject to release upon request. All written or electronic correspondence sent to Governing Board members or LESD staff is subject to public records requests and may be viewed by the public or media. Additionally, correspondence sent to Governing Board members may be copied to the Superintendent and the district legal counsel for review, possible response, or redaction before being made available to the public or media.

Public Notices 

Notice of Governing Board Meeting Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 38-431.01, notice is hereby given to members of the Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board and the general public that the Litchfield Governing Board will convene a board meeting. All notices of board meetings will be posted. The designated posting locations for Litchfield Elementary School District shall be electronically on the district's website, and physically beside the entrance doors to the district offices located at 272 E. Sagebrush St., Litchfield Park, AZ. The district office location provides physical public access at all time.

Governing Board Policy AC-Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity

The Governing Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and disability. This policy will prevail in all matters concerning staff members, students, the public, educational programs and services, and individuals with whom the Governing Board does business.



Photo of governing board president Melissa Zuidema

Melissa Zuidema
Governing Board President

Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Danielle Clymer, Governing Board Member

Danielle Clymer
Governing Board Member

Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Photo of governing board member Kimberly Moran

Kimberly Moran
Governing Board Member

Term Expires: December 31, 2026


Michele Wallace
Governing Board Member

Appointment Expires: December 31, 2024

Photo of board member Ryan Owens

Ryan Owens
Governing Board Member

Term Expires: December 31, 2026