School Board Faces Hot Issues

Payson Unified School District Office - South entrance

Payson Unified School District Office - South entrance |

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The two new school board members, Shirley Dye and James Quinlan, will jump into the job with both feet at the Monday, Jan. 14 meeting with contentious topics like the district master calendar and proposals for both the Frontier Elementary School site and the former Payson Center for Success building on the agenda.

“We’ll have an organizational meeting ... where they will select the frequency, times and dates of meetings ... then we will take another swing at approving the calendar,” said Superintendent Ron Hitchcock.

The last meeting the board had on Dec. 17 delayed a final decision on the 2013-14 calendar after setting July 29 as the start date, adding five paid days for teacher professional development and removing the 17 half-days for training.

Hitchcock said principals have discussed the schedule with staff and now support having a one-week vacation in October, three days off for the Thanksgiving holiday, a two-week Winter and Spring holiday and an end to the year before the Memorial Day holiday.

“There will probably be plenty of input on that,” said Hitchcock.

Hitchcock will then present the top proposals for the Frontier Elementary School site and the former Payson Center for Success building located on North McLane Road between the high school and Julia Randall Elementary.

“I don’t think there will be a decision, but that doesn’t mean (we won’t be prepared if there is),” he said. Hitchcock noted that all the proposals for the two pieces of property came from Rim Country entities, despite some interest from the Phoenix area.

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