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Foreign exchange student follow-up

Payson families have hosted dozens of foreign exchange students since the EF Foundation started matching families with overseas teenagers in 2004.

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Evans steps away

Says he’ll leave university land purchase to the Alliance board

Assured the Rim Country Educational Alliance has the money to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a university campus, Payson Mayor Kenny Evans has apparently backed away from a plan for the Rim Country Educational Foundation to buy the land.

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Land purchase divides university backers

The festering conflict between Payson Mayor Kenny Evans and Rim Country Educational Alli­ance (SLE) Chairman Steve Drury broke into the open Thursday over contrasting plans for buying 253 acres to build a university campus in Payson.

PHS culinary students meet cooking pros

Appetizer a hit at Phoenix’s Harvest Moon fundraiser

Payson High School Culinary Arts students recently participated in a special fundraiser for the C-CAP (Careers Thorough Culinary Arts Program) organization that proved to be an evening of meeting the pros.

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Can state opt out of Common Core?

The new Arizona Superinten­dent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, ran on an anti-Common Core platform, but would pulling out of the program help or hurt students and schools?

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Longhorn Band places ninth in its division at Super State

All the long hours, behind-the-scenes help and exhausting schedule have paid off — the Pride of Payson Marching Band placed ninth in the state in its division.

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Moving forward

Alliance meeting slated to buy university land

The Rim Country Educational Alliance Board is scheduled to meet on Thursday to consider moving forward to purchase two parcels of Forest Service land totaling some 274 acres — 253 acres immediately and another 21 acres in about a year.

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State still shorting vocational courses

NAVIT adds career courses, but still excludes freshmen

The Northern Arizona Voca­tional Institute of Technology (NAVIT) has trained Payson students in fire sciences, culinary arts, agricultural sciences, auto-shop, business (DECA and FBLA), construction arts, theater technical arts, nursing and medical assistance, and now they have added cosmetology.

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JRE students honor veterans

Julia Randall Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day with a flag raising conducted by 14 veterans in uniform at an assembly held Monday, Nov. 10.

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Teacher hopes residents get on board to help first-graders get SMART board

Stacey Summers hopes Rim Country residents will help her engage her students.

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School district scrambles to adopt controversial test

There’s a new test in town, and its name is AzMERIT — short for Arizona’s Measurement of Educa­tional Readiness to Inform Teach­ing.

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Lessons straight from the front lines

Stacey Summers, a Payson Elementary School (PES) first-grade teacher, has a special place in her heart for veterans, but she had no idea her sympathy would be rewarded.

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Kids face challenges

Superintendent: Students have fierce international competition

In an impassioned speech to the Payson Tea Party, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Greg Wyman explained the 21st century challenges students face and how the district plans to address students’ futures.

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State adopts national test to replace AIMS

The waiting and guessing is over – the Arizona Department of Education on Nov. 3 picked a new test to replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.

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Band, soccer team head to state finals

With the 4:30 p.m. sun in their eyes, the 40-plus member Pride of Payson Marching Band rocked the stadium at the state semi-finals competition at Mesquite High School in Gilbert on Nov. 1.