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GEAR UP grant back

Payson Schools Superintendent Greg Wyman received the call before the Sept. 22 board meeting —the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP grant is back on.

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University Site Appraisal Thrills Alliance

$4.1 million for Forest Service parcel

An independent appraiser put the price of a 253-acre Forest Service site for a planned 6,000-student university at just $4.1 million — well below expectations.

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Mock election materials available free to schools

Students under the voting age of 18 may still experience the excitement of voting through the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) program on Oct. 30.

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Override loss may threaten ‘extras’

A mounting body of research shows that extracurricular activities can significantly boost student achievement, but many Payson programs may wind up on the chopping block if voters reject continuing a 10 percent budget override.

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School AIMS scores drop in 3rd-5th grade

Volatile student test scores dropped at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) from last year, perhaps reflecting administrative upheaval.

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Schools turn to community

Override failure may force cuts

With a yes vote on the Payson Unified School District override in November, Rim Country residents can offer direct support to local teachers.

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Vocational program ready

College cosmetology building nearly done

Gila Community College (GCC) has just put the finishing touches on the cosmetology building and hired an instructor.

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Students get lesson in turning wheat into flour

Curious first-graders from Mrs. Summers’ class at Payson Elementary School (PES) last week got hands-on experience on how to turn wheat into flour.

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Back to school

Parent: ‘This was amazing’

Dozens of concerned parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members gave up their Saturday morning to find out about their student’s homework, well-being and how the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) works.

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‘Star-Spangled Banner’ birthday celebrated at PES

Students sing anthem and tell of its origin

Payson Elementary School (PES) participated in the 200th birthday of the National Anthem by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” again and again.

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High school library hopes to upgrade 1986 book collection

Michele Davidson, the Payson High School (PHS) librarian, hopes the community will help the PHS library purchase new books through an online fundraising push from Sept. 15 to Oct. 10.

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Gila Community College offers Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks

Instructor Debra Speaks will be teaching BUS 205, Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks, beginning Sept. 10 at Gila Community College Payson Campus.

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Banners boost spirits

Turning onto Longhorn Road from Highway 87, you can’t miss them: Bright, shiny faces of Payson High School students from the football and volleyball teams and cheerleading squad peer out from purple banners emblazoned with the Longhorn logo, and the saying “Spark the Future.”

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Payson schools honor teacher at football game

JRE librarian dies after long struggle with cancer

Joanne Clawson, the much beloved Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) Librarian lost her years-long battle with breast cancer suddenly on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 11. The Payson High School football team will honor her at the football game to night, in hopes of raising money to help her family.

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University plan eyed

Forest Service appraisal near, sites compared

The Rim Country Educational Alliance board and Arizona State University are pondering a detailed cost analysis of four sites for a university campus in Payson.