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High school business club wins top honors

The National FFA Organization recognized the Payson High School FFA chapter in its 2015 National Chapter Award Program at its convention on Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.

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Arizona students struggle with reading

Scores far below national average

Fourth-graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine other states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly, but still falls below the nation’s average.

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Kids impressed by Impressionism

On Nov. 13, Payson High School art teacher George Conley trundled over to Payson Elementary School to teach the children about Impressionism.

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Payson Christian School honors students for character

The Payson Community Christian School honors students each month for showing different types of character for the month.

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Charter plans

School slated to open next August on university site

Builders for the American Leadership Academy’s charter school presented their preliminary design plans to the town Wednesday, saying they hope to open by August of 2016.

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Few at Common Core sessions

Only Gila County staff and Gail Gorry from the Gila County Superintendent’s Office showed up at Supervisor Tommie Martin’s office to make comments on the Arizona State Education Standards on Wednesday.

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Computer club helps students

The Payson Association of Personal Computer User Groups made a much needed donation to the Payson High School Future Business Leaders of America group on Nov. 6.

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Payson’s voter-approved override goes to classrooms

The Payson Unified School District has not wasted the faith and respect shown by Rim Country voters when they supported the override tax — 100 percent of the funds raised have gone to classrooms and salaries, said PUSD Business Manager Kathie Manning.

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State seeking input on math, language standards

The State Board of Education’s Standards Development Committee will hold a public input meeting on Arizona’s Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards in Globe, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 starting at 6 p.m. in the Gila County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room.

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Schools honor Tonto Apache Tribe

The Payson Unified School District honored the Tonto Apache Tribal Council as “Heroes of Education,” for the tribe’s many donations to the district in recent years — including $20,000 to replace the turf on the football field.

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University backers record title to land

No word yet on formal negotiations with university partner

Backers of the plan to build a university campus this week recorded the deed to the 253-acre university parcel on which they plan to build a 6,000-student university.

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Heroes of education honored

The Payson Unified School District honored the Payson Police Department through Chief Don Engler and School Resource Officer Rory Vaughn for the service and protection offered to the district.

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Wyman: A ‘good start, not a solution’

School inflation settlement only enough for 4 percent raise

The much ballyhooed settlement of the school inflation funding lawsuit represents “a good first step, but doesn’t solve the problem of public school funding in Arizona,” Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman told the Payson Rotary Club last week.

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Kids on drugs

Harrowing tale highlights Parent University session

Shane Watson, prevention specialist for the organization notMYkid, started drinking in middle school at the tender age of 12.

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Charter school holds open house

Campus on university site may have big impact on district

Despite freezing rain and sleet, about 50 families attended the first open house of American Leadership Academy held at the Quality Inn on Wednesday, Nov. 4.