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Agony of defeat

Override failure would cause loss of 15% of teachers

If the override extension fails, 15 percent of Payson Unified School District (PUSD) teachers could lose their jobs. Each school site would be affected.

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Powell Place seniors earn college credit

Gila Community College gives seniors at Powell Place (formerly known as Powell House) the opportunity to earn college credits for a cake decorating class. At the end of the semester, GCC will present seniors with a special certificate of completion.

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Upping the spirit game for Homecoming Week

The student council (STUGO) huddled in sponsor Anna Van Zile’s room, planning every detail of a Homecoming Week celebration designed to bust out all over with spirit.

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Middle school mentors make all the difference

Forty-two eighth-grade students have volunteered to make Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) a warmer, fuzzier, more comfortable place for incoming sixth-grade students.

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GEAR UP grant back

Payson Schools Superintendent Greg Wyman received the call before the Sept. 22 board meeting —the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant is back on.

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University Site Appraisal Thrills Alliance

$4.1 million for Forest Service parcel

An independent appraiser put the price of a 253-acre Forest Service site for a planned 6,000-student university at just $4.1 million — well below expectations.

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Mock election materials available free to schools

Students under the voting age of 18 may still experience the excitement of voting through the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) program on Oct. 30.

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Override loss may threaten ‘extras’

A mounting body of research shows that extracurricular activities can significantly boost student achievement, but many Payson programs may wind up on the chopping block if voters reject continuing a 10 percent budget override.

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School AIMS scores drop in 3rd-5th grade

Volatile student test scores dropped at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) from last year, perhaps reflecting administrative upheaval.

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Schools turn to community

Override failure may force cuts

With a yes vote on the Payson Unified School District override in November, Rim Country residents can offer direct support to local teachers.

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Vocational program ready

College cosmetology building nearly done

Gila Community College (GCC) has just put the finishing touches on the cosmetology building and hired an instructor.

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Students get lesson in turning wheat into flour

Curious first-graders from Mrs. Summers’ class at Payson Elementary School (PES) last week got hands-on experience on how to turn wheat into flour.

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Back to school

Parent: ‘This was amazing’

Dozens of concerned parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members gave up their Saturday morning to find out about their student’s homework, well-being and how the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) works.

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‘Star-Spangled Banner’ birthday celebrated at PES

Students sing anthem and tell of its origin

Payson Elementary School (PES) participated in the 200th birthday of the National Anthem by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” again and again.

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High school library hopes to upgrade 1986 book collection

Michele Davidson, the Payson High School (PHS) librarian, hopes the community will help the PHS library purchase new books through an online fundraising push from Sept. 15 to Oct. 10.