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School rating falls

Payson struggles as other districts rise

The just-released Arizona Department of Education school rankings showed 20 schools statewide increased their letter grade, but that did not trickle down to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) schools.

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GCC offers classes in medical coding, billing

Ever thought of changing careers?

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Deadline for School Board Candidates Wednesday, Aug. 6

Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 5:00 p.m., all candidates interested in running for open school board and Gila Community College positions, must have their paperwork filled.

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Students fill tough classes at high school

Advanced classes like calculus and Academic Decathlon had a near-death experience last year, but made it onto the roster this year.

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NAU focusing on 'competency degrees'

Congress considers university as a national model

WASHINGTON – Not only does Phoenix resident Jeremy Dodd expect to be the first in his family to get a four-year college degree – he expects he’ll be able to do it in just 2.5 years. That’s because Dodd is enrolled in a Northern Arizona University program that lets students earn credit by passing tests to demonstrate what they already know, instead of how long they sat in a classroom.

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Ranch hosts community gathering

Picnic kicks off new year at Tonto Basin School

Last year, incoming Tonto Basin Super­intendent Keith Greer hatched the idea of starting a tradition — a picnic to kick off the new school year.

NASA chooses ASU to for Mars 2020 mission cameras

Arizona State University has been selected by NASA to design, deliver and oversee the Mastcam-Z imaging investigation, a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras, on the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020. Jim Bell, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be the principal investigator overseeing the investigation.

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Exchange enrollment drops

Policy change results in only one foreign student

From a high of 16 students to now just one, the foreign exchange student program in Rim Country has suffered a setback due to a policy change at the national level of the EF (Education First) Founda­tion.

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Out in the cold

Payson Education students have nowhere to go now

In May, Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell sadly closed the doors on the Payson Education Center (PEC), leaving around 50 students without a school.

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Site shopping

Alliance studying costs of four sites for university

The Rim Country Educational Alliance has hired the Tetra Tech engineering firm to provide a detailed analysis of four possible university sites, including the preferred 253-acre Forest Service-owned parcel on which the Alliance will get an appraisal in the next few weeks.

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Exchange students reflect on year

Education First (EF), the group that brings foreign exchange students to Payson every year, needs more host families to keep the program going.

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FBLA receives top honors at national conference

Payson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) scored big at their annual National Leadership Conference, competing against more than 10,000 students from around the country.

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All on the line

Payson schools seek voter support to avoid drastic cuts

In a unanimous vote Monday, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board took the plunge and voted to call for an school budget override vote in the November election.

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First day at Payson Elementary School

So much to learn ...

It’s hard to remember how much school teaches until you spend the morning watching kindergartners during their first day of school.

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Classes set to start and Wyman’s the man

New superintendent deftly walking a political tightrope

Ten minutes into the interview, Greg Wyman, new superintendent for the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) had to take a call.