New license plate to benefit Arizona teachers

2013-12-30T00:00:00Z New license plate to benefit Arizona teachers Arizona Daily Star

License plates to fund grants for teachers

A new license plate now available through the Arizona Department of Transportation will benefit teachers.

A portion of the funds received from the purchase of the Extraordinary Educators license plate will provide mini-grant financial assistance to teachers for student projects.

Of the $25 annual fee for the special plate, $17 will go to the Extraordinary Educators’ Fund.

Order plates online at ServiceArizona.com or go to any local area motor vehicle division or authorized third-party office.

Tax-credit deadline
is midnight Tuesday

Now is the time to give to area schools through Arizona’s tax-credit program.

Through the tax-credit program, the public can support extracurricular activities, field trips, the arts and after-school activities, including sports and tutoring.

In the case of private schools, contributions provide tuition assistance for students with financial need.

Contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar in the form of a tax reduction. The tax credit is available to all individuals who pay Arizona state income taxes, regardless of whether they have children in school.

For public schools, married couples filing jointly can contribute up to $400, and individuals can contribute up to $200.

There are two tax credits available for private schools.

Under the credit for contributions to private school tuition organizations, single taxpayers can contribute $517 and married couples can contribute $1,034.

When a taxpayer contributes the maximum amount to a private school tuition organization, he or she may apply for the credit for contributions to certified school tuition organization, which has a maximum of $514 for a single person and $1,028 for married couples.

To make a contribution  by Tuesday, visit the school district’s or private school’s website.

Altar Valley leaders win school awards

The Altar Valley School District was honored earlier this month at the Arizona School Boards Association annual conference.

Altar Valley Governing Board President Robert K. Ethridge was awarded the Arizona School Boards Association All-Arizona School Board Award for his dedicated efforts to improve the quality of education for Altar Valley students.

During his 10 year tenure on the Governing Board, Ethridge has supported a more rigorous and relevant curriculum with a strong science, technology, engineering and math program. Ethridge has helped bring a free, full-day kindergarten and a pre-kindergarten program to fruition.

The leader of the Altar Valley School District, Nathan McCann, was also honored, being named All-Arizona Superintendent of the Year Award for small-size districts.

McCann, who is in the fourth year of his first superintendency, has pursued numerous grants to fund programs the financially strapped district could not otherwise afford.

Under McCann’s leadership the district has increased its letter grade from the Arizona Department of Education to B, based in part on the increase in standardized test scores.

The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides training, leadership and services to governing boards consisting of over 240 school district governing boards throughout the state.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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