Payson superintendent warns board district has no money for repairs
Seems the Arizona Legislature believes school facilities can be kept up simply by magic — or on a wing and a prayer.
Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen is fed up.
With the state about to force big cuts in “non-classroom” spending, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman would like the community to better understand the annual Auditor General’s Report, which details “classroom” and “non-classroom” spending.
Gila Community College hit its first roadblock to crawling out from under its provisional college status and onto the freedom of independence — enrollment.
Licavoli retires after more than a quarter century
The woman who for more than 25 years kept Pine Strawberry School purring along like a fine-tuned V-8 will be stepping down in June.
Parents gave Payson Unified School District decidedly mixed reviews on how it handled communication regarding a lockdown at three of the five district schools on Jan. 20 as police searched the neighborhood for an armed robbery suspect.
State adds graduation test
Proving that it can pass legislation quickly after all, the Arizona Legislature rushed a new high school graduation requirement through in the first few days of the legislative session — the American Civics Bill.
Payson Unified School District board members expressed amazement that the district can’t find a qualified Spanish teacher.
More than 20 students were chosen to greet parents and guests at the first-ever Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) awards assembly in December.
University plans being drawn up
The contract’s signed — now all they need is money.
In January, Jan Brocker will sit for the first time in her official capacity as a GCC board member. She will take over as the Northern Gila County representative for termed-out board member Larry Stephenson.
The students in Andrew Fiala’s Payson High School physics class bent over drops of blood on pieces of paper, delicate rulers in hand. They found themselves mimicking a crime scene from the TV show “Dexter,” who plays a blood spatter pattern analyst.
Schools face challenges
One of the goals of the Payson Unified School District board this year was to improve communications between the schools and parents, but the superintendent admitted to the board the district still must do better.
Ryland Wala of Payson recently attended a special study trip to Stockholm, Sweden as a representative of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) to participate in the annual Nobel Week.
Singing, dancing and instrument playing: the Payson High School Winter Concert
Something magical happens when high school students sing a pop song they listen to all the time — they sway to the music as their eyes shine.