Payson Seems To Have More Conflict Than School Districts Twice The Size



Why does there appear to be so much conflict and consternation in our Payson Unified School District (PUSD)? Superintendents leave and/or are removed in midyear, the contracts of popular principals are not renewed, athletic directors are re-assigned halfway through the school year, coaches resign or are asked to resign in the middle of their seasons, and longtime, effective teachers are either pressured to retire or are marginalized via district decisions.

PUSD is not a large school district, but it seems to have more personnel problems than districts two to three times its size. The only time it seems that the governing board, district administrators and teachers/coaches appear to be in harmony is when a bond or override election is requested. Then, all parties appear to be "on the same page" and collectively pulling for the betterment of education for our young people.

Past and present PUSD governing board members seem to be the main culprits in this continuing saga of "As the PUSD District Turns." We would do well to elect future governing board members who appear to not have personal, personnel or professional agendas on their minds, once they become educational leaders in our community.

Richard K. Meszar, Ed.D., Payson (Whispering Pines)

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