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Credit for Kids deadline extended

New for this tax year — an extension on 2015 Credit for Kids tax credits to April 15.

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High school administrator named vice principal of the year

A passing conversation with Payson High School Principal Brian Mabb resulted in a stunning result for vice principal Jeff Simon — the Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

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Help for HS students

Aspire Foundation raising money to cover GCC classes

The recently established Aspire Arizona Foundation has launched its first effort in support of a university campus in Payson — a partnership with Payson High School and Gila Community College to offer dual-credit college courses.

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’Tis the Credit for Kids season!

It’s that time of year for Credit for Kids, the tax credit Rim Country residents may contribute and take directly off of their state income taxes.

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ASU meeting planned

But lease to charter school spurs questions

It was a quick meeting for the Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday, which worked through its agenda with just a few public comments, most related to plans to put a charter school on part of the university site.

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PHS students to donate 62 gingerbread houses

After attending a present-wrapping get-together with several nonprofit groups in Payson, culinary arts instructor Richard Erskine decided his students could contribute to the families’ Christmas too.

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Legal thicket

Alliance won’t discuss charter lease, but will consider legal structures

The Rim Country Educational Alliance will meet on Thursday to take the first step toward buying another 21 acres for a university campus, but won’t discuss a plan to lease a portion of the 253 acres it already owns to a charter school.

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Tribe donates $77,000 to middle school

The Tonto Apache Tribe made another huge investment in the Payson Unified School District with a $77,000 check to support technology.

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Payson schools face daunting challenges

The Payson Unified School District may be perched on the edge of disaster, Superintendent Greg Wyman told staff and faculty in two special meetings on Wednesday.

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Alliance adopts plan for university site

The Rim Country Educational Alliance on Thursday approved a master plan for the development of a 6,000-student university and support facilities on a 253-acre parcel it bought from the U.S. Forest Service for the purpose.

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Students struggle on test

Fewer than 1/3 pass as Payson lags behind state

Sure enough, Rim Country students struggled to pass the new, AZMerit test.

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Middle school musicians win honors

Rim Country Middle School music teacher Daria Mason rounded up 28 band and choir middle school students to perform at the Arizona Music Educators Northeast Region Honor Festival at St. John’s High School on Nov. 18.

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Educator’s first lesson involves character

David Callahan now running Payson Community Christian School

David Callahan, the new administrator for the Payson Community Christian School has a cherubic face with eyes that twinkle.

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Education top issue for voters

Arizona voters would rather pay higher taxes than cut school funding and 56 percent support a plan to take money from the state land trust to provide an infusion of cash for K-12 schools, according to a Morrison Institute poll.

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Payson High School students need your vote

With just a click of their mouse, Rim Country residents can help Payson High School students eat healthy snacks.