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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

Board Members

Danielle Clymer - Governing Board President

Danielle Clymer

Email: danielle.clymer@lesd.k12.az.us

Danielle Clymer - As a firm supporter of public education and the role it plays in bringing communities together, Danielle Clymer serves on the LESD Governing Board to ensure continuity of both academic excellence and community involvement with the Litchfield Elementary School District. As the top elementary district in the state, LESD is able to offer parents a wonderful choice when it comes to educating their children. Mrs. Clymer works with other Governing Board members to provide transparency in both communication and finances, as well as engage parents and the community in open forums for feedback. As an ambassador for the district, Mrs. Clymer works to garner support for our neighborhood schools, encourage parents and community leaders to take an active role in public education and work with local and state leaders to properly fund public schools here in LESD and across the state.

Term Expires: December 31, 2020 

Arizona School Boards Association Awards Received

  • Copper

Kimberly Moran - Governing Board Member

Kimberly Moran

Email: kimberly.moran@lesd.k12.az.us

Kimberly Moran is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Accounting. She began her career with Deloitte and Touche, LLP and later held positions with Too Inc., L Brands and PetSmart Inc. before founding her own CPA firm. Ms. Moran is licensed as a CPA by the Arizona State Board of Accountancy and is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Moran’s financial acumen and commitment to high quality public education make her a strong asset to our Governing Board.

Ms. Moran has a long history of supporting our community and championing public education. She previously served as the treasurer of the Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation and was instrumental to the massive success of its recent Centennial Way campaign. Ms. Moran also served as the treasurer of Continue the Quality, a non-profit organization that promotes bond and override campaigns for Litchfield Elementary, Avondale Elementary, and Agua Fria Union High School Districts 2008-2018. She previously served on the Board of Directors for New Life Center and treasurer for the Rotary’s Tin Man Awards. She currently serves as treasurer for The church at Litchfield Park. In addition, she is an active member of GALS of the WEST, Litchfield Elementary School PTSA, Western Sky Middle School PTA, and Millennium High School Band Booster.

Term Expires: December 31, 2022

 

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer - Governing Board Member

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer - Governing Board Member

Email: tawnya.pfitzer@lesd.k12.az.us

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer - is a parent of children that attend our District Schools as well as a business and homeowner in our District. Dr. Pfitzer feels that the performance of our schools is extremely important because good schools affect our future as a community and as a country as a whole. From a financial perspective, schools also affect the value of our businesses and homes. Tawnya’s role as a Board member is to educate herself and make the best decisions possible both through her contact with the public and with the District Administration. Dr. Pfitzer feels that representation on the Board should take into account the perspective of both parents of children in the District and local taxpayers as well as the community as a whole.

Term Expires: December 31, 2020

Alayne Weathersby - Governing Board Member

Alayne Weathersby - Governing Board Member

Email: alayne.weathersby@lesd.k12.az.us

Alayne Weathersby - Mrs. Weathersby was the art instructor at Litchfield Elementary School for ten years and she recently began working at Millennium High School, where her daughter, a Litchfield alumna, is a student. Ms. Weathersby is the President of the Millennium High School Swim and Dive Booster Club and co-director of A Little Drama. She is also a member of Women Who Code. Ms. Weathersby says she is excited about this opportunity and hopes to focus on meeting the needs of the students and teachers.

Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Melissa Zuidema - Governing Board Member

Alayne Weathersby - Governing Board Member

Email: melissa.zuidema@lesd.k12.az.us

Melissa Zuidema - As an advocate for public education, Melissa Zuidema believes strongly in parent and community support for our local schools. Ms. Zuidema has served in a variety of roles for the past 12 years on multiple PTA boards in our district and she currently serves on the Arizona PTA Board of Managers as the Southwest Valley PTA Council President. She feels that our success as a district comes directly from our world-class teachers and staff. She plans to work with all stakeholders to make open-minded decisions that focus on student growth and achievement while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

Term Expires: December 31, 2020

Arizona School Boards Association Awards Received

  • Certificate of Boardsmanship
  • Associate of Boardsmanship 

 

All written or electronic correspondence sent to Governing Board members or Litchfield Elementary School District staff is subject to public records requests and may be viewed by the public or media. Additionally, correspondence sent to Governing Board members may also be copied to the Superintendent, the Governing Board secretary, and the District legal counsel for review, possible response, or redaction before being made available to the public or media.