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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

Superintendent Advisory Team

superintendent certified advisory team

Name    School
Jannette Villanueva          Barbara B. Robey Elementary School     
Krissy Kreutter Belen Soto Elementary School
Ashley West Corte Sierra Elementary School
Barbara Wheeler Digital Learning Academy (DLA)
Rebecca Beaulieu Dreaming Summit Elementary School
Kandie Reyes Litchfield Elementary School
Andrea Hall L. Thomas Heck Middle School
Torrey James Mabel Padgett Elementary School
Miriam Wilson Palm Valley Elementary School
Stephanie Booth Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School
Heidi Mellon Scott L. Libby Elementary School
Sheri Duerbig Verrado Elementary School
Kim Rose Verrado Heritage Elementary School
Lori Talcott Verrado Middle School
Amy Alek Western Sky Middle School
Alison Rodeheffer Wigwam Creek Middle School
Charles McDaniel                    White Tanks Learning Center                      
Megan Chavez Special Education Department



Name School
Jeannine McDowell Barbara B. Robey Elementary School
Wendy Wedge Belen Soto Elementary School
Juliana Beebe Corte Sierra Elementary School
  Dreaming Summit Elementary School
Sally Batenhorst Litchfield Elementary School
Katheryn LaMountain L. Thomas Heck Middle School
Sarah Fette Mabel Padgett Elementary School
Bonnie Robinson Palm Valley Elementary School
Connie Canada Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School
Melinda Melvin Scott L. Libby Elementary School
Tonya Gehring Verrado Elementary School
Jennifer Powell Verrado Heritage Elementary School
Jessica Lynn Verrado Middle School
Emely Rivera Western Sky Middle School
Megan Adair Wigwam Creek Middle School
Genesis Parrish White Tanks Learning Center
Brittany Carter Finance Department (District Office)
Brenda Ochoa Technology Department
Nathan Whyte Transportation Department


The role of SAC members will be to: 

  • The SAC Rep is the designated liaison between your staff and the superintendent to help with two-way communication. 
  • Attend each SAC meeting or send an alternate to the meeting. 
  • Reach out to your staff before the SAC meeting for any questions, concerns, ideas. 
  • Openly communicate with the Committee questions, issues, concerns, and ideas raised by various stakeholders as represented by the SAC members 
  • Discuss site level issues with the principal prior to the SAC meeting. Honor requests for anonymity as needed. 
  • Advise the Superintendent on issues/decisions that the District is facing
  • Be informed about the background, rationale, and decision-making processes made by the District throughout the year as issues arise
  • Share the District's vision/mission with a variety of representative groups
  • Communicate SAC Committee Notes to your staff via email and/or staff meeting. 

Superintendent Certified Advisory Team: A team of teachers representing a diverse cross section of Litchfield Elementary School District school teachers that supports Superintendent Jodi Gunning by representing teacher's voices and sharing practical knowledge about experiences and ideas coming from today's classrooms.

Superintendent Classified Advisory Team: A team of classified employees representing a diverse cross section of Litchfield Elementary School District departments and schools that supports Superintendent Jodi Gunning by representing classified employees voices and sharing practical knowledge about experiences and ideas.