Payson voters will soon be able to give our young people and interested adults greatly expanded vocational opportunities. We will be asked to vote Nov. 5 to allow Payson Schools to become a member of the Joint Technological District, which now serves Show Low, Holbrook, Winslow and four other northern Arizona towns.
I hope you will support this measure and allow new programs to be created, such as medical assistant, pre-nursing, fire science, hospitality, plumbing, electrical and industrial maintenance. The benefits to our citizens and our entire community would be tremendous.
As a retired electrician, I remember being one of those restless high school students who wanted to obtain job skills and get into the workforce as soon as possible. I did just that and along the journey took vocational courses to improve my skills. It would be great for our young people if they could do that right here in Payson without traveling off to the big city.
As I understand it, classes would be held at both the high school and the community college. They would be open to both high school students and adults. Students would get both high school and college credit for courses taken.
Yes, of course, there is a cost to joining the district. Property owners would pay approximately $5 per $100,000 of assessed value. That would raise about $90,000. But we would receive about $300,000 from the state each year to finance the program. We have to put some up to get more back!
Please join me in voting yes when you are asked to allow Payson Schools to become a member of the Joint Technological District. It would mean a lot to many people and our town to have these new opportunities.
Ken Knapp, Payson