Athletic Director Shifting

Don Heizer

Don Heizer Photo by Andy Towle. |

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The Payson School Board on Tuesday decided not to renew Payson High School Athletic Director Don Heizer’s administrative contract, but Heizer will actually continue to direct the athletic program under the terms of a teaching contract instead.

Next school year, Heizer will receive a certified contract similar to what he had as a longtime counselor at the high school. He currently operates under an administrative contract that he received last year when he was hired as the high school’s AD.

Heizer said the change was made to clear the way to hire a Payson High School assistant principal.

Principal Anna Van Zile last year pushed for Heizer to get the second administrative slot for the high school, offering to do without a vice principal for a year. She had hoped that the high school would have the money this year to return to having three full-time administrators on the high school campus, including a vice principal and an administrator in charge of all the extracurricular activities — including athletics. Those programs now all depend on community donations.

Heizer says his duties and responsibilities will remain the same and his goal to “culturally restructure the athletic department” will continue.

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