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GCC students display their artwork

Folk outsider art among the highlights

Art comes in lots of forms. For proof, consider the wonderful variety of art on display during the Payson Campus of Gila Community College Seventh Annual Student Art Show and Sale on Dec. 6.

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School cutbacks

PHS extracurricular programs must be self-sufficient in the fall

After years of scrambling to raise money to support extracurricular programs, the struggle will likely get worse next year.

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PHS: Few finish university

Report: Just 15 percent of Payson High graduates finish at a university in six years

Only 15 percent of Payson High School graduates earn a college degree within six years compared to 18.6 percent of students statewide.

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Board pays off superintendent

School district buys out $58,000 contract; seeking interim chief starting Jan. 1st

Payson Unified School District (PUSD) will spend $58,000 to buy out Super­intendent Ron Hitchcock’s contract and seek an interim superintendent to take over by Jan. 1.

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Principals tackle school crowding

Principals Rob Varner, Will Dunman and Asa Hall met with many parents in the past month to hammer out ways to relieve overcrowding at Payson Elementary School.

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Student of the Month

The Rim Country Rotary-Payson honored the November Student of the Month Jennifer Labadie-Bailey at the club’s Nov. 21 meeting with a Certificate of Merit and a check for $50.

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Breaking up is hard to do

How things went wrong for the school superintendent and board

The end of any relationship causes pain, confusion and heartache, but it’s no good staying together “just for the kids.”

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Regent’s president appeals for university support

Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein has called on lawmakers and community members to bolster the state’s economy by supporting its universities.

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They made it!

GCC’s gamble on tuition cuts seemingly paying off

After the Gila Community College (GCC) board sharply lowered tuition and reinstated free classes for seniors, everyone held their breath to see if the college would make it.

Final GED testing in paper format Dec. 13-14

People can get the equivalent of a high school diploma if they pass the GED test, which will be administered in Payson on Dec. 13-14. The Gila County Schools office offers the test, as well as a course to prepare people to take it.

Important information meeting scheduled for nursing students

Students wishing to pursue a career in nursing are invited to attend an important informational meeting about the EAC/ASU nursing program at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Payson campus of Gila Community College, Room 111.

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Children in crisis

District hopes to renew grant to boost graduation rate, scores

“Never is (education) all about academics,” said Kristi Ford, GEAR UP Grant coordinator and teacher. “It’s children first, subjects second.”

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PUSD to apply for Gear Up grant again

Kristi Ford’s voice cracked and she held back tears as she talked to Academic Decathlon students, a program funded by the Gear Up grant, on Saturday, Nov. 16.

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Turning telescopes to the sky

Teachers put equipment to good use

On a Tuesday evening after school, the Payson High School baseball field crawled with students, their parents, three teachers and lots of telescopes in all shapes and sizes.

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Principal hopes to see how great PHS can be

Payson High School (PHS) Principal Brian Mabb has two goals for the high school and its students: 1) Inspire students to stay in Payson to work, live and raise families. 2) Create a school the community can proudly support.