Frontier, Bonuses Crowd School Agenda

Frontier Elementary School

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Now that voters have approved Payson Unified School District’s (PUSD) plans to turn Frontier into an asset rather than a drain, the school board can take the next step.

Superintendent Ron Hitchcock said at this meeting the board will approve moving forward on the project.

“It really is an open call to any and all interested members of the community to buy, lease or exchange the property,” he said.

Although the board has not agreed to anything yet, Hitchcock hopes to have the fate of Frontier decided by the beginning of the year.

Before any decisions are made, however, Hitchcock wants to interview potential tenants and conversations with the neighbors surrounding Frontier and the PARC building.

The board Monday will also discuss the distribution of federal forest fees to staff.

For years, PUSD employees have not received a raise or bonus. To boost morale, the school board and Hitchcock decided to distribute the windfall to the staff.

“This was a long time in the works and will hopefully be a morale booster,” said Hitchcock.

Along those lines, the school board will possibly vote on increasing the salary of teacher’s aides. With a 40 percent turnover rate last year, the board hopes to stop the trend. “Aides are the lowest paid in the district,” he said, “We hope to stop the revolving door.”

Hitchcock will wrap up the meeting with his superintendent’s report.

“It will have broad brushstrokes regarding the challenges the district faces with Proposition 204 going down in flames,” he said.

He will compare and contrast the revenue and expenses and point out things being put in place, such as the new parent advisory group.

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