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Schools will get federal money

The Gila County Board of Supervisors last week approved distribution of $1.4 million in federal Forest Fee money to local school districts — including $350,000 for Payson.

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Shelby charter school recruiting students for upcoming year

The 2015-16 school year is barely drawing to a close and Shelby School is recruiting for the new year.

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Second-graders return to PES

For the first time in two years, all second-grade students will attend Payson Elementary School.

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Prop. 123 wins by a whisker

Proposition 123 won by a whisker, assuring Payson teachers of an average 4 percent raise after a seven-year pay freeze.

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Payson school enrollment rises

The enrollment for Payson schools is on the rise — but just barely.

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Report to the Regents

ASU said official ‘partner’ for scaled down Payson branch campus plan

Arizona State University has agreed to open a branch in Payson, with a planned first-year enrollment of 300 to 350, Rim Country Educational Foundation President Gary Cordell said during a presentation at the Payson Tea Party this week.

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Business club hosts famous author for its annual banquet

When Future Business Leaders of America advisor Bud Evans asked who had attended the Phoenix Comicon Convention, most of the students in the banquet room raised their hands.

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College will boost its tax rate

Gila Community College is set to increase the property tax rate on Gila County taxpayers, but there still is time to weigh in on the decision.

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Quinlan quits board

With a scant six months left in his school board term, Jim Quinlan announced his resignation at the May 9 board meeting.

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These HEROs mentor other students

The Payson Unified School District board recognized the teachers and students who participated in the Readers Today Leaders Tomorrow pilot program.

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The fine print of Proposition 123

If voters approve Proposition 123, local property taxes will likely increase by about $48,000, due to the complexities of how the state calculates aid to schools, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the Payson Tea Party in a recent appearance.

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FFA: Tradition & recognition

From the moment the Payson FFA chapter banquet started, tradition, respect and camaraderie infused the event.

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Record scholarship payout

In its second year of handing out scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, the Friends of GCC Scholarship Foundation distributed a record amount of money to a record number of students.

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Schools hope for the best

Could be the best of years for Payson schools — raises for everyone (finally), reading specialists for the little tykes, mentors to help teachers boost test scores, a new bus (finally), stipends for coaches and music directors, better computers, new textbooks (finally) and a chance to dig the insurance plan out of a hole.

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Raises for teachers

But only if voters approve Proposition 123

If voters approve Proposition 123, Payson Unified School District employees will get a 4 percent, across-the-board raise — the first in years.