District gains 27 students, reversing four-year trend
The anticipated 40th day of instruction attendance numbers brought good news to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) — the district had the first increase in enrollment in four years.
Anyone wishing to serve on the Gila Community College Board who lives in Payson, Pine, Strawberry or several other Rim County communities can fill out an application in the Gila County Schools office.
Volunteer coordinators bring in community members to support students, school staff
Gerald Rutz came to the Oct. 25 Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board meeting a bit disappointed. He had written a letter to the superintendent’s office to offer tutoring in Calculus, but never received a response. “I am disappointed that in five weeks I have not heard anything,” he said. “It means to me you don’t care enough to take care of the kids. (But) I’m still willing to offer help.”
Faced with a liability insurance crisis, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board on Oct. 28 voted to allow only district students and employees to use the ropes course installed with a federal grant.
School department chairs will once again get stipends of $500 a year, now that the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board has adopted new job descriptions and salary schedules.
As Alliance compares sites, FS land sale inches along
The Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) continues to push the purchase of 260 acres from the U.S. Forest Service for a university campus — but also is doing a comparative analysis of other privately owned parcels.
College partners with local health businesses to expand offerings
Gila Community College (GCC) has offered local students an opportunity to earn a nursing degree close to home since 2005, with the help of Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The program has trained 153 skilled nurses.
Director hopes PHS production will impress state judges
Victor Hugo’s novel of a complicated love affair, suffering and redemption spans 1,500 pages, but the Payson High School thespians pulled it off with aplomb.
Fun and reading, plus a pretty impressive cake, were all part of the recent Reading Oasis Scholastic Book Fair at Payson Elementary School. The pyramid cake was made by volunteer Leticia Alatriz, who is pictured giving slices to her son Angel and student Thomas.
One of Rim Country’s longtime educators, Kathe Ketchem, has joined the Arizona Rural Schools Association (ARSA) Hall of Fame.
Parents worried students’ college plans stunted by lack of classes
The Payson school district’s decision not to offer key advanced classes for college-bound students could keep many from getting into top colleges. This year the district cut several advanced placement classes and its calculus class, even though it used earmarked voter-approved budget-override money to maintain advanced classes. Money designated totaled $60,000 last year and $80,000 this year, although the number of advanced classes declined this year.
The Agriculture Department at Payson High School (PHS) will throw open its doors on Saturday to the community. New agriculture teacher David Rutherford hopes to help Rim Country residents who dabble in agriculture with 18 different speakers on topics from worms and landscaping to chickens and welding.
Still short a board member and now coping with the impact of a big tuition cut, the Gila Community College (GCC) board at its last meeting decided to join the Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) and increase payments to Payson for janitorial services.
Four teachers — Donna Haught, Shannon Bielke, Juline Curtis and Julie Davies — used paint donated by ACE Hardware to spruce up the map of the United States on Julia Randall Elementary school grounds during Fall Break (Oct. 7-14).
The Payson High School Marching Band rallied from an early-season setback this weekend at the Ironwood Ridge Invitational in Tucson and scored enough points to march in the State Marching Band Festival on Nov. 2.