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Students shine at Gila County Science Fair

Darby McFarlane figured she could revolutionize egg laying. So the Rim Country Middle School student set up an experiment for the Gila County Science Fair that involved feeding one group of chickens a high-protein, high-carb diet.

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Sandoval seeks job as county schools superintendent

Roy Sandoval has entered the race to replace retiring Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell.

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Payson graduates’ college attendance rate low

Only about 38 percent start and fewer than 20 percent finish

Payson students attend college at a far lower rate than students statewide, according to figures compiled by the Arizona Board of Regents.

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University tuition rises as regents plead for support

State support has dropped 60 percent since 2008

Arizona State University wants to raise tuition by $200 annually for residents and $1,100 for foreign and out-of-state students, the latest in an inexorable string of increases that has boosted tuition from amongst the lowest in the nation to roughly 25th.

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Payson schools hope to cut energy bills by 10 percent

Energy audit pinpoints savings by controlling off-hour temperatures

The Payson Unified School District can cut its $650,000 annual energy bill by 10 to 15 percent, mostly by upgrading heating and cooling systems to operate only minimally in the evening when the buildings are closed, a team of consultants reported to the Payson School Board this week.

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Schools now free to pick their own tests

Gov. Doug Ducey this week signed a bill that could both streamline and upend school efforts to adopt a common test to measure student progress.

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Protecting special kids in a disaster

Ray Morris thinks about some interesting stuff, such as, what would he do with his severely mentally disabled son or physically disabled father if there were a major disaster or emergency?

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ALA School confirms delay

In a letter to prospective parents, the American Leadership Academy administration said it has delayed building a campus in Payson for at least a year due to low enrollment and lack of a lease for land on which to build a campus.

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ALA charter school blasts coverage

The American Leadership Academy letter to parents cited alleged inaccuracies and misrepresentations made by critics of the charter school and reported in a series by Roundup reporter Michele Nelson.

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Empowering parents to be teachers

Talking to toddlers said key to success

The 3-year-old and his mother move down the aisle in Walmart in a staccato rattled of imperatives. “Get down!” she snapped. Then, “Shut up! Stop that!” The burst of commands have little effect. The boy pulls items from the shelf, tugs on the feet of his infant sibling, “Quit it!” she orders.

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Weak schools = Weak economy

Expert lauds local effort to boost college attendance

Years of state cutbacks have weakened the educational system on which Arizona’s prosperity depends, according to Evelyn Casuga, with the Center for the Future of Arizona.

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Students value community college

Congressman talks about student debt

Congressman Paul Gosar this week met with the Gila Community College board and a few students to talk about what college had done for them.

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Longhorn concert band makes state finals

Musicians qualify for second time in school history

For the first time since 2013, the Payson High School band will perform at the Arizona state competition and the audience at the spring concert got to hear why.

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Test furor continues

Parents can’t opt out, but districts might

The state Senate this week killed a bill that would have allowed parents to prevent their children from taking standardized tests designed to compare student performance to national standards.

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School Ag program selling compost

Come on out to collect compost for your garden and help the Payson FFA chapter at the same time, March 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.