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Staff parking lot at college approved for lighting

The Gila Community College board debated the cost and safety issues to add lights to the Payson campus staff parking lot at its March 12 meeting — finally approving the additional lighting — pending a clarification of the cost.

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Alliance shakeup

Changes could clear way for purchase

The Payson Town Council on Thursday will likely replace Rim Country Educational Alliance Chairman Mary Kastner whose term is expiring with Payson Town Councilor Su Connell.

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Help for the best and brightest

Payson schools struggle to provide advanced classes

Payson schools were already struggling to provide advanced courses for its hardest working students when the budget blows and teacher shortages hit.

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Teacher shortage hits Rim Country

Around the country, school districts face a crisis — a lack of teachers.

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GCC quest dealt setback

Gila Community College finds itself in a Catch 22 in its quest for accreditation and independence, the board learned at its March 12 meeting.

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Teen discovers crater, and a cosmic mystery

Cody Rislund searched the mass of photos of the face of Mars for his seventh-grade science project.

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State budget will have deep impact on Rim Country schools

Superintendent briefs Payson board on losses, gains

Schools avoided big cuts in the just-adopted state budget, but the devil’s in the details and the fine print of the budget provisions, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the school board on Monday.

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School districts grapple with auditor report

Payson spent $7,571 per student in 2014 — down slightly from the previous year and a full 41 percent below the national average.

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Payson schools ponder impact of ‘classroom’ dollar decline

Payson fared well when student AIMS test scores and overall spending trends were compared to either the state average or comparable small districts with high poverty rates in the student population.

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Schools confront declining classroom budget trend

The tiny Pine-Strawberry school district earned an A rating in the auditor general’s report — validating research showing that small schools often provide the best education, but at a sometimes steep price.

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Satire offers a biting message

When Payson High School senior Steven Martinez stumbled across the play, “Supermodels in Jeopardy,” he knew he had a winner.

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Speaker urges students: Be true to yourself

Justin Boudreau figures he’s addressed more than a million students and teachers in his 13 years as a motivational speaker.

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GCC students awarded top honors

Two Gila Community College students will compete on the 20th Annual All-Arizona Academic Team, an honor recognized by newly elected Governor Doug Ducey.

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Looking pretty: GCC’s new cosmetology program

Gila Community College aims to train more beauty makers at its Rim Country Cosmetology Academy — and the community can help.