Discussion With Payson High Athletic Director On School Board Agenda Monday

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New high school Athletic Director Don Heiser will present an update on the athletic department and credit for kids donations at the school board meeting on Monday, Sept. 24.

“When Anna asked for this position, the board wanted to know how that is working,” said superintendent Ron Hitchcock, “This will be a report and time for the board to ask questions...”

Also on the agenda, a discussion scrutinizing the fees charged for facilities such as the high school auditorium, cafeterias, gyms, and fields often rented by local groups.

Currently, the district lets non-profits and service organizations use facilities for free, but charges for-profit companies and organizations different fees.

“We’ll ask the board, are you comfortable with that?” said Hitchcock, hoping to wrap up the decision on fees before the weather increases demand for the covered facilities.

Hitchcock said he and the board had hoped to make one of the meetings every month solely a work-study session, but the board must make certain business decisions at this meeting.

The will vote on a new job description for a position at the middle school in a classroom that addresses behavioral issues following the departure of a counselor.

“When a position is vacated, its time to look at it as an opportunity to address needs and tools for change,” he said.

Hitchcock will also ask the board to vote for a part-time teacher’s aide to the Payson Center for Success (PCS), the alternative charter high school in town.

He rising PCS enrollment requires an aide during the cross over period when the morning and afternoon students arrive.

“For one and a half hours a day, everybody is together – that’s almost 60 students,” said Hitchcock.

The state allows PCS to add another teacher when enrollment hits 60 students. Hitchcock said PCS hits that enrollment, it can hire a full-time teacher and phase out the aide position.

The board will also consider a new teacher evaluation process.

“To adopt a plan, we need a formal action by the board,” he said.

At meetings in November, the board will discuss how incorporating state and federal teacher evaluations. At that time, the public may make comment.

The meeting will adjourn after the board concludes a closed executive session on a personnel matter.

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