By the end of the 2014/15 school year, Payson Unified School District will lose 50 percent of its principals — Rob Varner and Asa Hall.
The Payson Town Council replaced outgoing Rim Country Educational Alliance Chair Mary Kastner Thursday with one of their own.
Alliance favors joint land purchase for university site
The Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday agreed to essentially share title to a 253-acre parcel on which it wants to build a 6,000-student university and spin-off facilities.
The Arizona Legislature has launched an all-out attack on Common Core and the AzMERIT test.
The San Carlos Apache Tribe announced its plan to create the San Carlos Apache College by August 2016 to the Gila Community College at its meeting on March 12.
The Gila Community College board debated the cost and safety issues to add lights to the Payson campus staff parking lot at its March 12 meeting — finally approving the additional lighting — pending a clarification of the cost.
Changes could clear way for purchase
The Payson Town Council on Thursday will likely replace Rim Country Educational Alliance Chairman Mary Kastner whose term is expiring with Payson Town Councilor Su Connell.
Payson schools struggle to provide advanced classes
Payson schools were already struggling to provide advanced courses for its hardest working students when the budget blows and teacher shortages hit.
Around the country, school districts face a crisis — a lack of teachers.
Gila Community College finds itself in a Catch 22 in its quest for accreditation and independence, the board learned at its March 12 meeting.
Cody Rislund searched the mass of photos of the face of Mars for his seventh-grade science project.
Superintendent briefs Payson board on losses, gains
Schools avoided big cuts in the just-adopted state budget, but the devil’s in the details and the fine print of the budget provisions, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the school board on Monday.
Payson spent $7,571 per student in 2014 — down slightly from the previous year and a full 41 percent below the national average.
Payson fared well when student AIMS test scores and overall spending trends were compared to either the state average or comparable small districts with high poverty rates in the student population.
The tiny Pine-Strawberry school district earned an A rating in the auditor general’s report — validating research showing that small schools often provide the best education, but at a sometimes steep price.