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