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Schools in ‘dire straits’ for lack of state facilities money

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.

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GCC seeks support for equitable workforce funds

Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen is fed up.

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Superintendent blasts logic of proposed cuts

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.

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Gila Community College quest hits setback

Gila Community College hit its first roadblock to crawling out from under its provisional college status and onto the freedom of independence — enrollment.

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She kept the Pine Strawberry School running

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.

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Schools locked down during search for armed robber

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.

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Mind your civics

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.

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District can’t find Spanish teacher

Payson Unified School District board members expressed amazement that the district can’t find a qualified Spanish teacher.

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First-ever, student-run JRE awards assembly

More than 20 students were chosen to greet parents and guests at the first-ever Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) awards assembly in December.

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Alliance signs contract

University plans being drawn up

The contract’s signed — now all they need is money.

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New community college board member faces challenges

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.

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Science sleuths learning lessons

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.

Parent talk

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.

Wala attends Nobel Week in Sweden

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.

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Outburst of Christmas spirit

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.