Community Speaks Out

Social media allows Roundup followers to weigh in on school debate

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During the Monday, Oct. 15 Key Club school board candidate forum, the Roundup posted highlights of the discussion to its Facebook page.

When one of the candidates said their student came home with a 20-year-old textbook, the Roundup asked, “How do you think the district could improve? What needs fixing?”

The responses offered insight into what the online community thinks.

Monica Rae Boyd wrote, “We need to treat our teachers better and pay them better. They are shaping our future. One of the MOST important jobs, in my opinion.”

Former student Cheena Vohs wrote, “As a past Payson resident and student, now in college studying education, I have realized how much the state standards were not enforced in lesson planning.

“I think AIMS scores and other assessments could have been met at a better level if the standards were enforced more.

“Also, I really felt like each student’s needs were not met when I was in high school. Given it is definitely hard to do that with budget cuts, but I think a class period should encompass interactive, visual and auditory instruction to meet all kinds of learning styles of the students. Many times I had just lecture classes where I did not encounter any critical thinking or interactive learning. I think I would have learned a lot better if that was taken into consideration.”

Bill Russell said, “Start with going to digital books.”

“Where to begin,” started out Michelle Wintrich. “It’s a huge job. The district needs a lot of help during an unfunded mandate era. Best of luck for certain. I may home school after this year’s experience at Payson High School.”

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