Voters of Payson, Parents and Grandparents:
On Nov. 5 you will be asked to vote for our future. Payson Schools has the opportunity to join Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT), which is an established Joint Technological Education District (JTED).
The JTED will allow Payson High School and Pima Community College to enhance their vocational programs. Not everybody wants to continue on to a two-year or four-year college or university. NAVIT will give our high school students and others in the community including our seniors an opportunity to learn a working trade or gain new knowledge in a field. They will graduate with the ability to support themselves in a profession that they have learned to enjoy. Successful graduates will also have the confidence that they can continue with further education.
Other communities in the state, including Show Low, St. Johns and Snowflake, have already approved and joined NAVIT. Those communities are offering courses that include computer technology, child education, fashion design, cosmetology/nail tech, certified nursing assistant, plumbing and electrical. The list could go on. If the measure passes, there will be a questionnaire that will ask the people of Payson what courses they would like to have offered.
Property taxes would increase an average of $5 on $100,000 assessed value to fund the JTED but the rewards will be a higher value for the town of Payson and northern Gila County, with better educated workers and lower unemployment.
Please come out and vote. I feel that a "yes" vote will be a win/win for Payson, and all of our population from our youth to our seniors. Thank you.
Eileen Daniels, Payson