Payson Schools Superintendent Greg Wyman received the call before the Sept. 22 board meeting —the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant is back on.
$4.1 million for Forest Service parcel
An independent appraiser put the price of a 253-acre Forest Service site for a planned 6,000-student university at just $4.1 million — well below expectations.
Students under the voting age of 18 may still experience the excitement of voting through the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) program on Oct. 30.
A mounting body of research shows that extracurricular activities can significantly boost student achievement, but many Payson programs may wind up on the chopping block if voters reject continuing a 10 percent budget override.
Volatile student test scores dropped at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) from last year, perhaps reflecting administrative upheaval.
Override failure may force cuts
With a yes vote on the Payson Unified School District override in November, Rim Country residents can offer direct support to local teachers.
College cosmetology building nearly done
Gila Community College (GCC) has just put the finishing touches on the cosmetology building and hired an instructor.
Curious first-graders from Mrs. Summers’ class at Payson Elementary School (PES) last week got hands-on experience on how to turn wheat into flour.
Parent: ‘This was amazing’
Dozens of concerned parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members gave up their Saturday morning to find out about their student’s homework, well-being and how the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) works.
Students sing anthem and tell of its origin
Payson Elementary School (PES) participated in the 200th birthday of the National Anthem by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” again and again.
Michele Davidson, the Payson High School (PHS) librarian, hopes the community will help the PHS library purchase new books through an online fundraising push from Sept. 15 to Oct. 10.
Instructor Debra Speaks will be teaching BUS 205, Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks, beginning Sept. 10 at Gila Community College Payson Campus.
Turning onto Longhorn Road from Highway 87, you can’t miss them: Bright, shiny faces of Payson High School students from the football and volleyball teams and cheerleading squad peer out from purple banners emblazoned with the Longhorn logo, and the saying “Spark the Future.”
JRE librarian dies after long struggle with cancer
Joanne Clawson, the much beloved Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) Librarian lost her years-long battle with breast cancer suddenly on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 11. The Payson High School football team will honor her at the football game to night, in hopes of raising money to help her family.
Forest Service appraisal near, sites compared
The Rim Country Educational Alliance board and Arizona State University are pondering a detailed cost analysis of four sites for a university campus in Payson.