Upcoming events

  • For upcoming school board meetings check here.
  • Today-December 21: K-12 Foundation Honey Baked Ham fundraiser. Purchase great food for the holidays, and support the K-12 foundation. More...
  • December 13 (Tuesday), 7 pm: Lake Havasu High School Band & Orchestra Winter Concert. In the LHHS Performing Arts Center (map). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
  • December 14 (Wednesday), 7 pm: Thunderbolt Middle School band concert in the school gym.
  • December 15 (Thursday), 6-8 pm: Starline Performing Arts Club presents The Lion King. In the Starline gym. Kids admitted free—adults $5. A great holiday treat for the whole family.
  • December 16-18: Lake Havasu High School band & orchestra students will be wrapping your Christmas gifts in front of Kmart.
  • 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 9/19/16, there are these:

Our kids and our community won! Bond/Override

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.

This initiative would not have succeeded without the leadership and dedication of the “Citizens for Havasu Schools” committee—numerous members of the community who volunteered their time and talents to serve as the planning and steering committee. It is also important to thank all of the community volunteers who worked so hard to get the information out regarding this campaign. They were the driving force to help get this bond and override initiative understood and supported by the community.

This level of community collaboration helped to shape a capital bond plan that addresses critical infrastructure needs at every single school in our district. The basics like leaking roofs, faltering plumbing, and defunct HVAC systems will be addressed to protect the long-term viability of our school buildings. But more than that, our community voted to invest in the safety of our children with important structural and technological security upgrades at every school. This includes upgrading the athletic fields to bring them in line with current safety standards. The support for Transportation will ensure that students arrive safely and on time to school and to various extracurricular and athletic events across the state.

We recognize that voters approved this funding with the expectation that tax dollars are being carefully spent, and with the intention of improving the learning environment for all students and staff. The building maintenance issues that will be addressed along with the technology and security upgrades will allow our students to continue to receive an excellent education in a safe and secure learning environment.

Equally important to our community is our ability to retain and attract the best and brightest staff to ensure the education of our children. Passage of the override will allow us to begin working on a compensation plan that will keep our great teachers and staff here, and will attract new employees to serve our community. This will ensure that we can continue to provide the excellent education that our community is receiving and expects! In addition, the override will allow us to reduce athletic fees for students as we are able to use those dollars for coaches.

It is important to us that we continue to build the trust of our community. As we move ahead with bond projects over the next months and years, we will remain committed to continued opportunities for community input. But for now, please accept our sincere gratitude for your support of our schools, our educators, and our children.

Diana M. Asseier
LHUSD #1 Superintendent

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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

Thanks to River Scene Magazine for these stories

A generous community

Lake Havasu Unified administrators accept a donation from Relics & Rods.Our community is very generous. The schools of Lake Havasu Unified receive many donations form individuals, businesses, and organizations. Last school year, we received a total of $217,283 in donations. This year the donations total is already over $100,000, including a recent donation of $2,400 from Relics & Rods of Lake Havasu. This donation will be divided between our elementary schools.

Pictured (left to right): Debbie Morgan, Relics & Rods; Claude Sanders, principal of Havasupai Elementary; Gary Morgan, Relics & Rods; Connie Hogard, principal of Smoketree Elementary; Diana Asseier, superintendent of Lake Havasu Unified; and Jo Navaretta, president of the Lake Havasu Unified governing board.

Ginny Sautner named National Rural Teacher of the Year

Mrs. SautnerLake Havasu High School teacher Virginia Sautner has been named the Monsanto Fund National Rural Teacher of the Year. (press release)

Mrs. Sautner has been with Lake Havasu Unified since 2005, and teaches freshman honors English and Student Government (Advertising and Public Relations). She is an advisor to the her school's Student Government, National Honor Society, Distributive Education Clubs of America, and Renaissance. She took one year off from Havasu several years ago to participate in a teacher exchange program, spending a school year teaching in the Czech Republic. She has been recognized nine different times at the annual K-12 Foundation Academic Recognition Banquet (where top Lake Havasu High School students name the teacher who most influenced them).

An exceptional teacher. Read related newspaper story...

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