What professional educator would want to be an administrator, teacher or coach in the Payson Unified School District (PUSD)? Seemingly indiscriminate terminations, reductions in force, and now transfers that are difficult to justify and/or understand, undermine the morale of employees. Our local school district seems to constantly be in turmoil. The blame for this incessant strife seems to emanate with the governing board, passes through whoever is the current superintendent and winds up adversely affecting PUSD staff and students.
Residents and taxpayers of PUSD cannot escape some blame for this situation. We continue to elect senators and representatives from our area and send them to Phoenix where they are not financially supportive of public education at the best or hostile to public education at the worst.
Sanity and improvement in our local school district will probably not occur until we allocate additional resources to our schools via the miserly Legislature and when the local governing board realizes that the group second in importance (after the students) to success in PUSD is the dedicated and hired staff that interacts with students each and every day.
Don’t bet the farm on either of the above occurring any time soon.
Richard K. Meszar