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Dr. Ryan Senters Appointed to Governing Board

ryansenterslaveen214x300Dr. Ryan Senters has been appointed to Laveen’s Governing Board by the Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent.

Dr. Senters is a Laveen parent, local educator, and foster care advocate. He has six children, four of whom attend Laveen schools.

He is a residential faculty member at South Mountain Community College where he teaches developmental psychology, statistics, and research methods.

Dr. Senters is the founder of Ohana AZ, a social service agency that provides residential and social services for foster children and adults with disabilities. He also founded Anchor House Mission, a South Phoenix non-profit that provides housing and support for aged out foster children and young women who are victims of sex-trafficking.

A Laveen businessman, Dr. Senters owns Sky Zone Laveen, a trampoline park, and F45 Laveen, a fitness training facility.

Dr. Senters has a Ph.D in Psychology and master’s degrees in Christian Leadership and Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Senters fills the Governing Board seat held by long-time board member Susan Sanborn who passed away in February.

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Hybrid Learning Resumes March 1

Students who selected the Flexible Learning Option (Hybrid) will return to on-campus instruction beginning March 1. 

The local Laveen community is still experiencing substantial spread of the virus. The district has reviewed and updated the mitigation strategies and believe we have strong practices to prevent the spread of on campus. However, we are dependent on our families to help ensure these practices are followed so that our schools may remain open.

Most importantly, we ask you to keep your child home if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. Properly-fitting masks, that cover both the nose and mouth, must be worn while on campus. And, students are asked to be mindful of social distancing.

As a reminder, all students returning on-site must have a signed COVID Acknowledgement Form on file. Parents may sign this form through their ParentVue account.

Laveen has established school-based metrics to determine if a classroom or campus must transition to virtual learning. These metrics, as well as other information related to the return to hybrid learning may be found on our website,

A few additional reminders for your child’s return:

  • Students returning to campus should bring their charged Chromebook and reusable water bottle with them on March 1.
  • Students who will be utilizing bus transportation must be registered for bus service through our Transportation Department. Students who were registered last semester do not need to register again.
  • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served free to all students for the rest of the school year, thanks to a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



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Governing Board Clerk Susan Sanborn Passes Away

With great sadness,  the Laveen School District announces the  passing of long-time Governing Board member and current Board Clerk, Susan Sanborn.  Since her death, Superintendent Sprout has been in contact with Susan’s family and, on their behalf, would like to share the following with the Laveen community.

Susan was born on March 25, 1942, in Pasadena, California, and passed away on February 12, 2021, just days after her husband, Jon, due to complications from COVID-19.

Susan and Jon lived in Laveen for over 15 years. Susan served on the Laveen Governing Board during most of that time and held the positions of both Board President and Clerk. You could not find a more devoted advocate for Laveen’s children and our District’s employees.

She was an Art Education Major and retired from teaching in California. She also taught in the Phoenix Elementary School District.

Susan’s passion for art led to her being involved in the Laveen Art League, where she served as Vice President. It brought her great joy to see Laveen students discover their art skills, and the League often supported after-school art clubs and annual art shows.

Susan was also actively involved in her neighborhood HOA, the Laveen Village Planning Committee, the Arizona Clay Association, and Arizona Art Education Association.

She and Jon, 84, were married for 41 years before his passing due to the same illness. Jon was her constant companion and could often be seen alongside her participating in various district events – most notably serving as Santa Claus at the District’s Winter Festival.

The Sanborns leave behind five children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

We will be remembering and honoring Susan at the March 4 Governing Board meeting.

Cards may be sent 5023 West Pedro Lane, Laveen, AZ, 85339.  Funeral services are pending.

Please join us in keeping the Sanborn family in your thoughts and prayers.


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Laveen Seeks Interest in Opening Laveen Online Academy

Over the last year Laveen has found the online learning option to be a popular choice among families. In an effort to continue to meet this need, the Laveen School District plans to open a full online school, Laveen Online Academy, beginning with the 2021-22 school year. To help guide our planning, we are gauging the interest level of families in utilizing the online school, pending its availability.

Visit our Laveen Online Academy page for more details and to complete the interest survey.


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Donate to Laveen schools and claim a credit on your 2020 taxes.

You can reduce the amount you owe in taxes by making a donation to Laveen schools through Arizona’s Public School Tax Credit Program. Tax credit contributions may only be used to support character education and fee-based extracurricular activities such as after-school tutoring and clubs, academic enrichment, field trips, fine art programs, and athletics.

For every dollar you donate, the amount you owe on your Arizona taxes will be that much less. This means you can reduce the amount you owe before the deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2020. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities. For example, if a single person owes $300 on their state taxes for 2020 and donates the maximum amount of $200, they will then only owe the state $100.

Couples filing jointly may donate any amount up to $400. Individuals may contribute up to $200.

The deadline to donate and claim a tax credit on your 2018 taxes is May 17, 2021.

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