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School board cracks down on public comments during meetings

The Payson School Board agreed to crack down on a once open-ended meeting style, which included few rules on when people in the audience could chime in.

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Board postpones decision on proposal to hire firm to update, maintain facilities plan

The Payson School Board this week indefinitely postponed a proposal to hire a private firm to update and maintain the district’s capital improvement plan.

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School offers free parent sessions on crucial topics

Worried about people bullying your kid at school?

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GCC to get solar panels

Get ready for shady parking at the Gila Community College (GCC) parking lot.

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Young thespians have instant success

Students stage masterful version of ‘Rapunzel’ with just a week to rehearse

The Missoula Children’s The­atre (MCT) this weekend brought a riotously warm-hearted staging of “Rapunzel” to the Longhorn Theatre Company, with a happy cast staging a colorful play with just a week’s rehearsal.

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JRE students win national fitness title

Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) School physical education students rocked the national Operation Tone-Up (OTU) Competition by winning the national title against three-time national winners from El Monti, Calif. in May.

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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.