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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.

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Community college to up property tax

At its work session on April 14, the Gila Community College discussed the proposed property tax increase of 2 percent for the 2016-17 school year.

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Group raises $10,000 for scholarships

The Friends of Rim Country GCC received a generous donation of $10,000 from Dr. Alfonso and Sue Munoz to help nursing students.

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Students get down to business at conference

The Payson High School (PHS) Information Technology Academy (ITA) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter came home from the Arizona FBLA State Leadership Conference (April 4-6) in Tucson with plenty of gold.

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Payson district approves online classes

The Payson Unified School District board voted to add Mesa Distance Learning to the mix of options available to students at PUSD.

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Musical triumph

Students’ staging of ‘Meet me in St. Louis’ earns ovations

Lavish costumes, sets and even workable trolleys that wandered up and down the aisles filled with the huge cast of 40 marked the Payson High School musical, “Meet Me In St. Louis.”

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Who knew fertilizer could be so interesting?

With a bouncy personality and passion for the subject, Kylee Egbert and her partner Rylie Chapman stood at the head of the classroom in the Agricultural Building on the Payson High School Campus to talk about fertilizers.

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Musical’s a blast from the past

This year, the Payson High School Theatre decided to dip into the past for its musical by presenting Meet Me In St. Louis.

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Gail Gorry runs for superintendent

Longtime educator wants to head county schools

Gail Gorry has spent her life in education — starting in the fifth grade — always striving to have an impact on more and more students.

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Edie Miller honored as ‘Hero of Education’

Edie Miller, has dedicated the last few years to expanding the cultural awareness of Payson High School students and the Rim Country community by finding homes for foreign exchange students to attend the high school for up to a year.

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Gov. Ducey plugs proposition in Payson

On Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey held an education summit in Payson to push Proposition 123, before heading over to speak at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Luncheon.

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First Payson High band musician makes All-State Band

For the first time in Payson High School history, senior band member Sabrina Bonn will play in the All-State Concert Band.

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School board questions AG’s report

The Payson Unified School District board wished it could ask the Auditor General’s office why it fails to do a direct apples-to-apples comparison when analyzing how district schools spend money.