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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

Governing Board Seat Vacancy

The Litchfield Elementary School District has a vacancy on the Governing Board starting February 1, 2021.

Eligibility requirements to serve on a School District Governing Board​:

  • A citizen of the United States and resident of Arizona.
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • Be a registered voter of the State of Arizona.
  • Be a resident of Litchfield Elementary School District for one year prior to the date of appointment.
  • Employees of the District and their spouses ​are not eligible.
  • Immediate family members of current Board members who have shared the same household in the last 4 years ​are not eligible​.

The appointed candidate will serve from the date of the appointment until after the November 2022 election canvas is completed. The Governing Board meets every second Tuesday of each month for the regular meeting. The Governing Board may meet on the third or fourth Tuesday of the month for additional meetings as needed. Board members are encouraged to attend District events throughout the year.

In addition, because of concerns surrounding COVID-19, or in the event our offices need to close, you can submit your application electronically to Amy Potapoff or complete the online submission form.

Applications must be received at the LESD District Office or submitted by email no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. 

Please see these documents below:

Board Opening Public Notice

Board Opening Procedures

Board Opening Application and Questionnaire 

Governing Board Meeting Schedule 2021

Governing Board Equity Statement

Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Vacancy Procedures

What does the appointment process look like to fill a Governing Board Vacancy

Please join Jodi Gunning, Superintendent and Danielle Clymer, Governing Board President on Thursday, January 21 from 5:00PM-6:00PM to hear more about the appointment process and serving on the Litchfield Elementary School District Governing Board. Email Amy Potapoff or call 623-535-6017 if you would like to participate virtually.

We will make this time available for any interested candidates to join virtually and ask questions about the appointment process and serving on the Governing Board.

Governing Board Appointment Application Online Submission Form - Closed January 29