Will this make you say WOW?

There is a web page on the official city of Phoenix website that promotes the tax credit for public schools. That site has a chart showing how much tax credit money per student each of the 29 school districts with schools in the city of Phoenix collected in 2013. The lowest figure is $2.59 per student in the Union Elementary District. The highest is $116.00 in the Scottsdale Unified School District. If we plugged Lake Havasu Unified’s tax credit dollars collected per student for 2013 into that chart, what do you think our position would be? High, low, middle?

Lake Havasu Unified collected $92.22 tax credit dollars per student in 2013. That means we were more successful than 26 of the Phoenix districts and were only bettered by three (Cave Creek, Kyrene, and Scottsdale). WOW! A big thank you to all that participate in the Lake Havasu Unified tax credit program.

However, this is 2014. The end of tax year 2014 is approaching and there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of taxpayers in Lake Havasu City that could participate in the program but do not. Why not? Maybe they have not heard about it. Maybe they have heard about it but do not believe what they heard. How do we reach the ones who are persuadable? How do we convince them? We think that word-of-mouth works best. Hearing from someone you know and trust that:

  • Anyone with an Arizona state income tax liability can participate.
  • You do not need to itemize on your return to claim the AZ school tax credit.
  • You do not have to be the parent of a student.
  • For a single individual or head of household, the tax credit maximum is $200. If you are married filing jointly, the maximum is $400. You do not have to give the maximum. Any amount is welcome.
  • You get a dollar-for-dollar credit that either lowers what you owe on state income tax or increases your refund. (The credits may only be used to the extent they reduce a tax liability to zero on your Arizona tax return. Any unused amounts may be carried forward for up to five years.)
  • The money stays in our community and you get to say where it goes. There is a long list of options, including the SkillsUSA program mentioned in the "WAVE NEWS" item to the right. When your tax money goes to Phoenix, you do not get to say how it is spent.

Our schools and staff push the tax credit program in every way they can think of. The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1 promotes the tax credit. Our local newspaper runs articles on the tax credit. The current issue of The White Sheet contains an article about tax credit. There are announcements on the radio. Some local businesses offer tax credit participation via payroll deduction. But, if you tell a friend about the tax credit for public schools program, you can help us reach folks that might not hear any other way, or might not believe what they hear from a stranger. Please, tell a friend.

Tax credit office holiday hours at 2200 Havasupai Blvd.:

  • December 1–19: 8 am to 5 pm.
  • December 22–23: 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Closed December 24 and 25.
  • December 26: 8 am to 3 pm.
  • December 29–31: 8 am to 3 pm.

Tax credit forms are available online and at the Smith's service desk, Mohave County Library, Horizon Community Bank, Mohave State Bank, and our district office. Checks and forms can be sent via U.S. Mail to Lake Havasu Unified School District, 2200 Havasupai Blvd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403. Your check should be made out to Lake Havasu Unified School District. If you mail it, it must be postmarked by 12/31/14. Otherwise it can't be used against your 2014 taxes. You may also pay by check, cash, or credit card at our district office. Have questions? Please call or email Jackie Taylor (505-6917 or jtaylor@havasu.k12.az.us).

Upcoming training/classes/activities

Winter Break Camp: stuff for kids to do over the holiday break

Guiding Good Choices parenting class

Helping children deal with grief

Bridget Hagest awarded K-12 Foundation Golden Apple

The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD#1 presented the Sherry Dailey Golden Apple Award for November, 2014 to Starline Elementary School Academic Coach Bridget Hagest. More and pictures.

K-12 Foundation offering HoneyBaked Ham for Christmas

The K-12 Foundation for LHUSD #1 sponsors several fundraisers each year to raise money towards their goal of supporting our schools. Right now they are taking orders for Christmas/New Year holiday foods from the HoneyBaked Ham Company: turkey, ham, cakes, pies, etc. Place your order by Monday, December 22 and pick it up on the 23rd. Orders are placed and picked up at our local Schlotzsky's (854-2144, 2144 McCulloch Blvd.) See the order form for all details. If you have ever had one of these hams, you know they are fantastic and the left-overs are great in sandwiches and soups.

Recent videos: entertaining and educational

New Governing Board member(s)

Congratulations to Pat Rooney and Nichole Cohen on being elected to the Lake Havasu Unified School District Governing Board. As a returning board member, Mr. Rooney knows this is a challenging job for no compensation except the satisfaction that comes from community service. Our thanks to candidates Deanna Pfleger and Vernon Bridges. They were not elected to the board, but they cared enough to run.

Mrs. Cohen and Mr. Rooney officially start their terms on the board January 1st. The first regular board meeting of 2015 will be on January 20. An organizational meeting will be held before that date to administer the oath of office and elect board officers. The date for the organizational meeting has not yet been set.

All about options and opportunities

Lake Havasu High School offers many options to students. Let's talk about just two of them. With the support and cooperation of Mohave Community College and the WAVE JTED (Western Arizona Vocational Education Joint Technical Education District), Lake Havasu High School students have the option of working towards a career in H.V.A.C. or welding while still in high school. You can watch a video about each of these programs on the WAVE JTED YouTube channel. LHHS offers more.

Solar Project signs at LHHS and district office

You may notice a new sign in front of Lake Havasu High School and the Lake Havasu Unified District Office. You may say to yourself, "How do they expect me to read that small sign while I am driving down the street?" The signs were provided by AMERESCO, a company that worked on the solar project at each site, and they carry an important message. "SAVING WITH SOLAR. No added cost to the district or tax payers - utility incentives and energy savings from solar energy pays for this project." The solar installations are paying for themselves. As an additional benefit, the structures supporting the panels provide shaded parking for some of our staff, visitors, and students.

If you want to read the signs without stopping traffic, you can see pdf versions here. District Office sign | High School sign

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