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Q: The pump at the well at the high school has been in need of repair since early last summer. Who's responsible for that -- the high school or the town water company?

A: The high school well is the responsibility of the high school, according to town hydrogeologist Mike Ploughe.

"They've had a well there for a number of years," he said. "They used to use it to supplement their irrigation needs."

The reason they don't anymore is because the Northern Gila County Sanitary District was charging the school district for its own water, according to Joe Martin, director of support operations for the schools.

"We took it out of service and it will remain out of service because the sanitary district put a meter on it," Martin said. "We were getting charged for our own well water."

It had to do with water from the well being used to keep the tank holding effluent full -- water that was used to irrigate the high school athletic fields and the golf course at Chaparral Pines.

"Besides, with the water table down like it is, I'm not comfortable mixing potable water with effluent," Martin said.

Q: With the school district's current crisis -- cutting teachers, cutting classes -- why is no mention made of cutting sports? They cost a lot of money and we are an "educational" institution.

A: "Sports are a huge part of the educational process," Payson Roundup sports reporter Max Foster said. Foster also teaches math at Rim Country Middle school and has coached high school football, girls basketball, track and baseball.

"With physical education already being reduced, sports should be the last option," he said.

Athletes do pay a nominal fee to participate in sports, according to Foster, and many of the sports hold fund-raising events to help offset costs.

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