On Friday, Aug. 16. 15 students from Payson’s Center for Success went on a hike to Fisher’s Point (Arizona Trail #301) off of Highway I40 in Flagstaff.
“Crash! Boom! Bang!” sang rock singer Roxette in 1994. Yes, Roxette, it’s Demolition Derby time here in Payson once again! This Saturday night (7 p.m., Sept. 7) the annual every-man-for-himself, last-man-moving, winner-take-all event will take place at the yearly Northern Gila County Fair at the Payson Event Center.
Advanced topics squeezed out as class sizes rise
Amy Van Zile stood in front of the Payson Unified School Board at a recent meeting and asked why her daughter’s fifth grade classroom had so many students.
Former middle school principal Will Dunman has a grin from ear-to-ear: For the first time in two years, Rim Country Middle School has gone out of the failing range and into the passing range moving from a D school to a B school.
A parent can get to the end of the high school registration process with an amazing dent in the piggy bank — say more than $500 per student.
Leaving no fiscal stone unturned, the Payson School Board revisited their policy on charging tuition for foreign exchange students at its Aug. 26 meeting. At issue is whether to increase the exchange student tuition from $5,000 to $6,800.
Debate about whether administrators should coach provokes name-calling
Like angry villagers waving pitchforks, two dozen supporters of Julia Randall Elementary Principal Will Dunman demanded the Payson School Board drop a plan to prevent administrators from coaching or heading up other extracurricular activities.
Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’ with Rim Country cast
Matthew, 6, and his sister Sierra, 8, came to see “Blackbeard the Pirate” on Friday and Saturday to watch their big brother, Steven Martinez, play Bluebeard, a crew-member on Blackbeard’s ship.
Brittany Staub, a sophomore at Payson High School, won a bronze medal at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference on July 11.
Huge freshman class good news for Payson campus advocates
This fall, Arizona State University welcomes a freshman class that sets new records on many levels.
Arizona State University ranked as one of the most influential universities in the country when it comes to Native American studies and education, according to a national study.
This summer, six Payson students who plan on pursuing careers in the medical field, placed in the top 10 competing against 5,000 other students at the National Leadership Conference of HOSA held June 25 to 30 in Nashville, Tenn.
In an era of penny pinching, the Payson Unified School District school board thoroughly debated its policy allowing non-students to participate in the district’s sports teams.
PHS goes from an A to just barely B in state rankings
Last year, Payson High School (PHS) loudly celebrated its A grade on state ranking. This year, officials scrambled to explain a B grade just a point or two above a C.
School board decides against change in policy concerning when kids can start kindergarten
A surge in kindergarten enrollment has prompted some Payson Unified School District board members to question the policy that parents may enroll four-year-olds in August, so long as they’ll turn five by Jan. 1.