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Can seizing federal lands save state schools?

With the state budget looking grim, talk of wresting land out of federal control to turn it over to the Arizona state land trust has gained traction in the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) boardroom.

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University plan bombshell hits

Contract OK’d as Alliance chair resigns

One bombshell and one move forward.

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Tonto Basin needs school board members

In the Rim Country, Tonto Basin was the only school district with three board members.

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School funds ‘impossible’

The Legislature and school advocates remain far apart when it comes to complying with a court order to adjust school budgets for inflation, according to recent testimony in the state’s appeal of the court order.

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GCC campuses to close for holidays

The campuses of Gila Community College will be closed for the holidays beginning Dec. 19 and will reopen Jan. 5.

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School superintendent isn’t counting on state payments

Payson district relies on override to avert more cuts

Arizona courts have repeatedly ruled that the state must make inflation adjustment payments to schools in accordance with the 2001 passage of Proposition 301, but Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Wyman has little hope of seeing that money.

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Alliance board meets again to consider development contract

The Rim Country Educational Alliance board will meet next Thursday to consider a contract with DCK Global to buy a $4.1 million Forest Service parcel and draw up plans to build a 6,000-student university in Payson, according to Chairman Steve Drury.

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College finally seeking independence

Stephenson retires, leaves legacy

At his last meeting as a board member of Gila Community College (GCC) on Nov. 20, Larry Stephenson received support from the board to launch the school’s bid for independence.

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Crucial help

Donations keep schools afloat

What would a football game be without cheerleaders, the band blaring, banners, uniforms, and posters? A play without costumes? A band without instruments? A school without a sports program?

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GCC students’ outburst of creativity

In clay, cloth, canvas, pixels and stone, the artists of Gila Community College (GCC) presented their 8th Annual Student Art Show and Sale.

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Real world lessons delight students at Tonto Basin ranch

Eager Gila County fourth-graders last week enjoyed the educational events for AG DAZE at H-4 Ranch in Tonto Basin, the fifth year of a program designed to bring “agricultural awareness” to Rim Country kids.

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Safeway golf tournament helps out local schools

Safeway’s ninth annual School Beautification Golf Tournament had an excellent turnout this year, with all proceeds supporting Payson Head Start and local schools.

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Students learn how to be H.E.R.O.s

The energy in the room oozed out of the doors of the Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) gym.

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GCC firefighter training program receives national accreditation

Gila Community College’s Operations class program, offered in partnership with Payson Fire Department, has now received formal accreditation from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

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PES students take field trip to Bar L Bar Ranch

Energized young students from Payson Elementary School (PES) rushed from the busses in their eagerness to spend a big day at the Bar L Bar Ranch.