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Payson schools struggle to juggle online classes

Board approves plan to improve completion rate, pay

On June 18, the Payson Unified School District board voted to change the name of Payson Virtual Academy to Payson Center for Success Online.

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GCC offers photography

This fall, acclaimed photographer Randy Hust will teach Beginning Digital Photography, ART 128, at Gila Community College.

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Banner/MHA complete $40 million merger

The Mogollon Health Alliance and Banner Health on Friday completed their merger, with enormous implications for health care in Rim Country, the Payson university project and educational and health care charitable initiatives.

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Kinder, gentler school board

‘We’re in transition out of chaos and crisis’

The Payson Unified School District board at its retreat on June 27 admitted the reverberations of the last two years still haunt them, but have faith the new administration is guiding them through the maze firmly and calmly.

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Exchange program honors principal

The EF High School Exchange Program relies on the support of the school districts and high schools that host the students each year.

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Charter school due

Could impact Payson district

American Leadership Academy, a multi-campus charter school from the Valley, announced it will open a K-12 campus in Payson by 2016, an announcement with potentially serious consequences for the Payson Unified School District.

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Community theater group gives ‘Pity Party’

Performing “Pity Party” in the cozy Black Box Theatre behind the Payson High School Auditorium provides a personal feel.

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New charter school coming to Payson

Rim Country will have a new option for its kindergarten through high school students by August of 2016 - the charter school American Leadership Academy.

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Break even budget

With Arizona cutting school budgets, while the governor demands they increase classroom spending, Payson Unified School District came up with a plan: reprioritize.

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School board debates new version of vision

Do we mostly want “productive citizens”?

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Payson may revive online classes

But only 25 percent finish

Last year, Payson Unified School District shelved its online school, Payson Virtual Academy. Now, the district wants to resurrect the program.

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Common Core prompts textbook worries

In a clash between the old and new, the Payson Unified School District board voted on what to do with old, obsolete textbooks and the new online curriculum framework, Beyond Textbooks.

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Schools struggle to cope with drug use

At recent meetings hosted by the Payson Police Department on the heroin problems in Rim Country, members of the public appealed to the schools to provide a solution.

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Fourth-graders learn about Tonto National Monument

Six fourth-grade classes from Julia Randall Elementary School recently got a chance to visit Tonto National Monument, thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation, which paid for bus.

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Payson FFA racks up awards at state conference

Small, but mighty would serve as a motto for Payson High School’s FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) program.