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Payson McDonald’s offering free breakfast for students during AIMS testing

Arizona McDonald’s restaurants are inviting third- through eighth-grade students taking Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) tests to a free breakfast on April 7 and 8, the first two days of the test.

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He’s worth the wait

College finally gets new board member

The Gila Community College board (GCC) has patiently waited nine months for a new board member to replace Tom Loeffler, but the wait for the newest member to the family was well worth it.

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Lessons from the grocery store

Grocery store shopping: Everyone does it, but not everyone knows what goes on behind the scenes.

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Payson DECA successful at state conference

Winners to compete in Atlanta at DECA Interna­tional Career Development Con­ference in May

Payson students won 24 awards in a statewide competition that drew 2,200 students from business clubs from throughout the state March 2 through March 4 in Phoenix.

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Auditor: Classroom spending dwindling

Payson schools have less money to spend on each child than in 2008, but the district has a B grade overall, mostly because students continue to do better in math, reading, writing and science than either comparable districts or the average student statewide.

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Students off to state science fair

Five Payson students will represent the school district at the Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair, March 31 through April 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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Schools running on empty

PUSD has no money for buildings, buses

The state Legislature has made it all but impossible for Payson schools to repair buildings, update facilities, keep up with technology or even replace aging school buses, the school board learned last week.

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College board still grappling with tuition dilemma

For the second month in a row, the Gila Community College Board (GCC) has punted on deciding whether to raise tuition, despite vigorous support from senior dean Stephen Cullen.

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Enrollment rises, but schools still $1 million short

No layoffs, but tough choices for board

Despite a rise in enrollment and a tiny increase in basic state aid, the Payson Unified School District could face a million-dollar shortfall in the upcoming budget, the weary school board learned this week.

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PHS thespians to compete at state

It’s said that 97 percent of people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy at a funeral. If that’s true, the Payson High School (PHS) thespians deserve kudos for getting up on stage this weekend to compete at the state regional festival this weekend.

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Around the World in 8 Plates is match made in culinary heaven

“This is Payson’s Epcot,” said Sharry Jarrell as she sat down in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria to enjoy a helping of broiled asparagus wrapped in Canadian bacon and cheese sprinkled with breadcrumbs paired with an herbed white fish spread on toast from Denmark.

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GCC to add more vocational classes

Gila Community College Dean Stephen Cullen announced two new vocational classes for Payson students at the board meeting on Feb. 20: cosmetology and medical billing.

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Open enrollment deadline March 31

Payson Unified School District would like parents of second-grade students to know they may apply for open enrollment, but must do so before March 31.

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PCS students see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at ASU Gammage

Most people know the story of “The Wizard of Oz,” with Dorothy getting sucked up into a tornado and landing in the land over the rainbow.

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GCC moves forward

United board seeking accreditation

After years of struggle, the Gila Community College (GCC) board voted Thursday to cut the check and approve the vast amounts of information collected to start the accreditation process.