Predc Endorses Jted Initiative

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Editor:

To Arizona Rim Country Residents:

On Nov. 5, voters living in the Payson School District will be asked to approve a plan to allow the district to join the Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) and thus become part of a Joint Technological Education District (JTED). Many districts of this type have been successful throughout Arizona and this region already has members in Heber, Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville, Winslow, Holbrook, St. Johns and Joseph City.

The local high school, in cooperation with the community college will be able to offer additional programs in the high school in studies to be determined through surveys of local residents and businesses. Training to be offered will likely include programs such as medical assistant, pre-nursing, hospitality, fire science, plumbing and industrial maintenance, to name just a few.

The cost to the local taxpayer will be 5 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation to their property or $5 for a home with a $100,000 assessed valuation.

These new vocational programs will certainly reduce the number of dropouts and will allow students to begin to receive college credit. Adults (who must pay tuition) as well as students in charter and private schools, can also become part of the program. In addition to helping students, this change will likely provide better qualified and better trained employees for local business and economic development and provide residents improved services such as improved healthcare, enhanced fire safety, etc.

For the average investment of about $5 per household, it is estimated that the program may receive a projected $390,000 in vocational funds $300,000 of that from the state. The program pays for vocational training for Payson School District students who would otherwise have to leave the area and pay for their own training.

The PREDC endorses this action and encourages voters to support this move that will benefit our youth and the health, safety and progress of our community in general.

The PREDC Board of Directors, John Schulz, Don Curtis, Judy Miller, Rick Croy, Phyliss Windle, Ray Schum, Andy Kaiser

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