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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.

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Gila Community College offers Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks

Instructor Debra Speaks will be teaching BUS 205, Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks, beginning Sept. 10 at Gila Community College Payson Campus.

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Banners boost spirits

Turning onto Longhorn Road from Highway 87, you can’t miss them: Bright, shiny faces of Payson High School students from the football and volleyball teams and cheerleading squad peer out from purple banners emblazoned with the Longhorn logo, and the saying “Spark the Future.”

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Payson schools honor teacher at football game

JRE librarian dies after long struggle with cancer

Joanne Clawson, the much beloved Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) Librarian lost her years-long battle with breast cancer suddenly on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 11. The Payson High School football team will honor her at the football game to night, in hopes of raising money to help her family.

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University plan eyed

Forest Service appraisal near, sites compared

The Rim Country Educational Alliance board and Arizona State University are pondering a detailed cost analysis of four sites for a university campus in Payson.

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Businesses can help Pride of Payson

The newly renamed Payson High School Marching Band, now the Pride of Payson, has given Payson businesses the chance to promote business and support the band, through a Pride of Payson Band Shirt advertisement.

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Somber remembrance ceremony at PHS for 9/11

Before the doors opened Thursday for classes at Payson High School, a somber remembrance ceremony for Sept. 11 drew first responders, school officials, staff, the Pride of Payson Band and students to the flagpole.

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Three women hope to serve on Payson School Board

The following story profiles the three candidates vying for seats on the Payson School Board.

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Not many running

Four seats, four candidates as Stephenson retires

After 10 years of service on the Gila Community College (GCC) board, Larry Stephenson has decided to not run again.