First steps taken on school bond sales

The Lake Havasu Unified Governing Board has approved the first round of school improvement bond sales to finance school repairs and improvements. The first round of sales will raise $16.9 million. Sale of a total $49,050,000 in bonds was approved by voters this past November.
More about the 3/14/17 board meeting. | More about the bond and override. | Related newspaper article.

Override applied

The Lake Havasu Unified Governing Board has approved an employee compensation package and a change in athletic fees for the 2017-18 school year. Thanks to voter approval of a budget override this past November, district employees will see an increase to their base pay, a longevity supplement based on years of service, and other financial benefits. The board also approved a reduction in the student athletic fee cap from $800 to $400 at the high school, and from $400 to $200 at the middle school.
Read more about the 2/21/17 board meeting. | Read more about the bond and override.

Please comment on our food service program

LHUSD students and parents: please take an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeHavasu2017 to help us improve our food service program.

Upcoming events

  • For upcoming school board meetings check here.
  • Lake Havasu City Teen Break: March 21-23. Registration is required. Fun, safe activities for 6th-12th graders while schools are on spring break. More about Teen Break...
  • Amy Romm, a second grade teacher at Starline Elementary, has applied for a $2500 classroom grant from Farmers Insurance. She needs to show community support . Go to the Farmers website, enter her last name for the teacher, and cast your vote.
  • Several of our teachers have successfully used crowdsourcing websites to fund materials for their classrooms. The list of open projects is always changing, and you can search by zip code for those that are currently open. As of 2/14/17, there are these:

Regarding monthly governing board work sessions

Our governing board holds a monthly work session to review the draft agenda for the month's regular board meeting. These were held at 3 pm. Our board has listened to input from community members who have an interest in attending our meetings. Beginning with the meeting on February 14, 2017, our monthly board work sessions to review the draft agenda will be held at 5:00 p.m. This will accommodate individuals who would like to attend these meetings. These work sessions will continue to be in the boardroom at the district office.

Our regular monthly Board Meeting will continue to be held at 6:00 p.m. Check our Notice of Public Meetings page for more information about upcoming meetings.

Tax credit 2016

Thanks for your Tax Credit!
Our thanks to Bernadette Chamberlain (in the green shirt) for making her tax credit payment just before the office closed on December 30th. We hope she found her missing glasses. Also pictured are Judy McClintock, our tax credit person (in red) and some other Lake Havasu Unified employees who help with tax credit during the busy, end of year time: Mary Heronema, Christi Richards, Alice Opie, and Kelly Morrison. 

Taxes. Hardly a word that evokes a warm, fuzzy feeling for the majority of folks. This is the time of year that citizens start to gather all of their receipts, W-2's, 1099's, interest payments, investment gains/losses, and everything related to their prior year's personal financial picture. Then the anticipation rises as they wait with baited breath to hear the verdict from the accountant (or TurboTax)…will they owe more income taxes, or receive a refund?

For many Lake Havasu City residents, the Extra-Curricular Activity for Public Schools tax credit has helped to ease that anxiety, at least to some extent, by reducing individual state tax liabilities dollar-for-dollar. Since 1999, this tax credit program has allowed everyone who files State of Arizona income taxes the opportunity to allocate from $200-$400 of their tax obligation to the public school and extra/co-curricular activity of their choice. In essence, this gives taxpayers the chance to know exactly where their tax is being spent, and who benefits from it…our local public school students! It is no secret that Arizona's public education system has seen challenging funding times at the state level. This tax credit has kept athletic programs, the arts, full day kindergarten, career/vocational/tech clubs and more from becoming obsolete and impossible to sustain in LHUSD #1. Instead, due to the tremendous support of the tax credit program, these programs continue to thrive in Lake Havasu City!

For the past ten years, LHUSD #1 has received in the range of $500,000-$550,000 per calendar year, and has sustained a tax credit program that is literally the envy of many public school districts in Arizona. In 2015, the Arizona legislature voted to extend the deadline for contributions to public schools. Instead of the December 31st cutoff date, taxpayers now have until the standard tax filing deadline of April 15th to contribute to the school & activity of their choice and claim the credit on the prior year's taxes. This change in legislation, along with the outstanding, unwavering support of the LHC accountants and tax preparers, resulted in a record setting year in tax credit collections for LHUSD.

During the calendar year (January 1-December 31) of 2016, citizens contributed—drum roll, please—$696,363.48! Every penny of these contributions went to support student clubs, activities, and enrichment programs occurring outside regular classroom hours at LHUSD. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who graciously contributed to the tax credit program during the calendar year of 2016—you are amazing, and we are beyond grateful. You are appreciated by the students and staff more than you can know.

If you have not yet contributed, remember that you now have until April 15th to do so and receive that dollar-for-dollar reduction in your state tax liability. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Judy McClintock at 928-505-6917 or jmcclintock@havasu.k12.az.us.

New LHUSD business director appointed

The Governing Board of the Lake Havasu Unified School District is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael J. Murray—currently principal of Starline Elementary—to the position of Director of Business Services. He will start in his new position on February 1st. Corey Triassi—currently the instructional interventionist at Smoketree Elementary—will step in as interim principal at Starline. More about Mr. Murray...

Lake Havasu Unified counselor named Arizona Counselor of the Year

Lake Havasu High School counselor Tracy Pressley has been named Counselor of the Year by the Arizona School Counselors Association. More about Counselor of the Year...

Lake Havasu Unified teacher honored again

Ginny Sautner, Lake Havasu High School English teacher, was awarded the Golden Bell Award at the 59th Annual Conference of the Arizona School Boards Association in Phoenix on December 14. The Golden Bell Award recognizes exemplary programs in Arizona school districts. More about Mrs. Sautner...

Transfer of property

A new park for the city and savings for the district will result from a transfer of property. The Lake Havasu Unified School District Governing Board is pleased to announce the transfer of deed agreement for Parcel Number 109-29-044, 301 Cypress Drive, between Lake Havasu Unified School District #1 and Lake Havasu City. Read more about the transfer of property...

Our kids and our community won! Bondthumbs up/Overridethumbs up

The Lake Havasu Unified School District Board, Staff, and Students would like to thank the voters of Lake Havasu City for taking the time to vote and pass our school bond and override initiative. Lake Havasu City is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Schools are the lifeblood of a community. They touch the lives of all residents, from infants to seniors, providing the future workforce and lifeforce of our city. We are confident that this investment in the future of our students and community, along with the continued efforts of our great team, will help strengthen our school district. Our school district educators are humbled by your vote of confidence and your dedication to the future of our community—our children. More about the bond and override...

Refunding excess taxes

Newspaper says, LHUSD to return tax dollars.In a move that made the front page of the local newspaper, Lake Havasu Unified will be using $748,540.28 left over from the district's 1996 bond to reduce future district taxes. The decision was approved at the district's regular monthly board meeting for October. Arizona Revised Statute 15-1028 details two ways the money may be used as a credit for taxpayers.

If a bond issue and interest thereon have been fully paid and a balance remains in the debt service fund from taxes collected for payment of the bonds and interest, the balance may be applied on the payment of other outstanding bonded indebtedness of the school district payable from the levy of taxes on property within the school district in which the excess tax monies were collected, or if there is no outstanding bonded indebtedness, the balance remaining in or accruing to the debt service fund, on written request of the governing board of the school district, shall be used for reduction of school district taxes.

If the bond which is on the November ballot passes, option one will be used. If not, option two.

During the October meeting, the board also said thank you to local realtor Brenda Atkinson for leading a fundraising drive that collected $8,000 for school supplies from members of the Lake Havasu Association of Realtors, and the board welcomed new teachers from Thunderbolt Middle School and Lake Havasu High School.
More about the October 18 board meeting. | Newspaper article.

State superintendent's AZ Kids Can't Wait! plan

Diane Douglas, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, recently visited Parker as part of her We Are Listening Tour. She was there to talk about her plan of action for Arizona schools called AZ Kids Can't Wait!, and to answer questions from the public. The plan is available for download from us or from the AZ Kids Can't Wait! website.
AZ Kids Can't Wait! download Opens a PDF document | AZ Kids Can't Wait! website

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