School Briefs


School to hold sales tax information session

Payson schools will hold an information session Wednesday on the local reductions to occur if May’s statewide sales tax election fails. State lawmakers have already approved the education funding reductions that would take place.

The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in the Payson High School auditorium.

Payson KEY Club rocks at D-con

Payson KEY (Kiwanis Educating Youth) Club was represented at the Southwest District convention April 9-11 in Tucson by Janine Tantimonaco, current president, and Kelsie Owen, current secretary, of the Payson High School KEY Club.

Payson KEY Club won third place for their year-long club achievements, a banner ribbon for early bird dues, and a “Serve-a-Thon” banner ribbon for helping the Salvation Army with the bell ringing before Christmas. The club took first prize for the Single Service Award for their work collecting food for St. Vincent DePaul’s Food Bank.

D-con was very inspirational for the girls. Kelsie is planning to run for president of the club next year.

Janine was voted in to be the lieutenant governor of the Mogollon Rim Division coordinating events and information between the district board and KEY clubs in seven schools. Both girls, as well as all the PHS KEY clubbers are service minded and ready for action.

The PHS KEY Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country and the members are thankful for their support as well as the support of their teachers and the Payson community.

Gifted showcase

The second annual gifted and talented showcase will take place Thursday, April 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School gym.

Performances include music by the Payson High School Jazz Band, a ballet performance, and a dramatic performance.

Technology presentations include video gaming with scratch and a day in the life photo presentation.

Middle school students who recently took pictures of Mars will give a presentation, and other students will present information about countries around the world and political cartoons. A teacher information booth will explain how the gifted mind works. The Payson Area Association for the Gifted and Talented will offer information about summer programs for gifted students, fund-raising opportunities, and upcoming parent confer


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