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High school adds industrial gates

Cracks down on student ids, visitor’s passes

Two days after parents and students wandered the campus for an open house, Payson High School (PHS) installed black, industrial-strength gates covering up the Longhorn welcome sign.

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Judge: Pay up

State vows appeal of order to fund inflation for schools

On Friday, Aug. 22, traffic on Airport Road in Payson had to divert around a broken down bus — one of a rash of breakdowns for 8-year-old buses approaching 200,000 miles on the odometer, according to a Payson Unified School District (PUSD) mechanic on the scene Friday.

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PHS grade: Silver lining of a dark cloud

GEAR UP impacts add points to otherwise bleak high school grade

The good news about Payson High School’s (PHS) report card for 2014? The graduation rate increased by 4 percent, while the drop-out rate decreased by 4 percent.

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Moment of truth

Alliance to decide next month on where to build university

The Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) board hopes to pick a site for a university at a scheduled Sept. 18 meeting, said board chairman Steve Drury.

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Record 82,000 students choose ASU

Enrollment jumps 8 percent, transfers up 13 percent

Arizona State University’s enrollment jumped 8 percent this semester to a record 82,000 students. Kent Hopkins, ASU Vice Provost for Enrollment Services said, “The Sun Devil family grows stronger every year and we are looking forward to seeing what our students envision and accomplish.”

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Payson vocational teacher honored

Parone named Arizona Marketing Educator of the Year

Five years after establishing a business training program at Payson High School, teacher Joe Parone was honored as the Arizona Marketing Educator of the Year at the Arizona Career and Technical Education (ACTEAZ) Summer Conference.

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Test scores crash land in middle school

Payson struggles to explain drop on AIMS, school grades

A sobered Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board heard a report on declining school grades and AIMS scores from Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case.

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P/S School goes from a C to a B

Pine Strawberry Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow attributes a share of the school’s rise from a grade of C to a grade of B on the state’s rating system to a small school population.

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JRE students learn lesson in character

Arizona State University mascot Sparky came to Julia Randall Elementary School Aug. 13 to talk about what it takes to have good character.

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Board struggles

Stakes high for Payson schools

How do you predict disaster without sounding, well, negative?

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‘Just absentee brain-wise’

Board member blasts parents

Calling the federal food program enabling for parents, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board member Shirley Dye voted against participating in the free and reduced lunch program, which includes about 70 percent of the parents in the district.

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No one’s running

School board elections draw only a handful of candidates

Only the Payson Unified School District will stage a contested school board election in November, with three candidates running for two slots.

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Back to school costs give families harsh lesson in economics

Cost of supplies, school fees rising inexorably

Chandler mom Lindsay Barnes already knows what the National Retail Federation is reporting in a recent study – it costs a lot to send kids back to school. The federation said this month that families will spend an average of $101.18 per student for school supplies alone, a 12 percent increase from last year. When clothes, shoes and electronics are included, the tab runs to $669.28 per family with kids in kindergarten through high school, its data showed

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School rating falls

Payson struggles as other districts rise

The just-released Arizona Department of Education school rankings showed 20 schools statewide increased their letter grade, but that did not trickle down to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) schools.

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GCC offers classes in medical coding, billing

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