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State schools superintendent gets a Payson earful

Local officials urge end to flip-flopping chaos of change in standards

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas on her “We are Listening” tour, got an earful when she stopped in Payson recently.

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Dig into gardening class

Gila County Community College and University of Arizona Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 “Gardening and Landscape” class at the Payson campus this fall semester 2016.

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Prepared for the worst

Schools update disaster planning

Once again, Susan Campbell, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Payson Unified School District, has presented better emergency plans for the district.

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GCC hopes dwindle with its enrollment

The $6 million question for Gila Community College — can it run independently? And will $6 million even suffice for the provisional college district in the face of plunging enrollment?

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Irate residents prompt Tonto Schools to back off tax hike

Residents say district should ask for help before hiking tax rates

Outside the Tonto Basin Elementary School District, temperatures soared past 100. Inside, tempers sizzled even hotter as residents gathered to protest a proposed boost in their property taxes.

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Payson’s got Oscars of our own

Each year, after all the productions have ended and the auditorium prepares for a quiet summer, the Payson High School Drama Department gathers for its own version of the Oscars: The Thespies.

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Why did Payson teachers quit?

This year, not only did Payson Unified School District make full disclosure on how many employees left the district, but the district also reported reasons they left.

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School registration upon us

It’s that time of year again — if you can believe it — for school registration and open house. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 1.

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Gorry: Empower teachers

Seeks election as Gila County superintendent of schools

For Gail Gorry, the August primary will make it or break it for her in the Gila County school superintendent’s race.

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Arizona’s students bomb AzMERIT test

At the end of June, the Arizona Department of Education released state level results of the AzMERIT test. The state won’t release school and student results until August.

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Schools graded

Parents give a thumbs up; students rate a raspberry

Braving feedback from parents, teachers, staff and students, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman found the results pleasantly positive.

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Budding scientists get GEARED UP

Jackie Wallace, GEAR UP coordinator for Payson Unified School District, took 11 students from her cohort to Safford for the GEAR UP Summer Camp of Champions June 13-17.

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Board debates tuition for foreign students

As it does every year, the Payson Unified School District Governing Board reviewed its decision to charge foreign exchange students tuition.

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Get free school supplies

Deserving students in Payson will soon benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

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All Payson teachers (almost) make goals — get pay bump

Payson Unified School District teachers received a performance pay bump – if they reached 80 percent of their goals.