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Texting confusion

Schools crisis system flawed

The Jan. 20 Payson Unified School District lockdown exposed a flaw in the district’s communication system the tech department has now fixed — the ability to send out text messages to parents.

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Culinary Arts students receive awards, scholarships

Four Payson High Culinary Arts students received great honors at the recent C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program) awards banquet.

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Rim Country students show a surprising flair for science

Rural regional schools hold their own against Valley competitors

Maybe it’s because we have more streams running through Rim Country than anywhere else in Arizona or maybe it’s because the skies are so clear that every star glows or maybe it’s all the ranches, but this year, Rim Country students flexed their scientific muscles to triumph over many Valley schools in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair.

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Pine 8th-grader sweeps science fairs

Can you correctly pronounce “Algae Amphidinium?”

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Rezone for college

Payson presses Forest Service for land sale

Payson has launched the rezoning of a 253-acre Forest Service parcel on which it plans to build a 6,000-student university. The rezoning would limit use of the land to educational purposes, which would include spin-off facilities crucial to the financing of the campus.

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Gila Community College considers tax hike

Gila Community College’s 2015-16 budget looks better than last year, but the senior dean wants the board to vote to raise the property tax rate to the legal limit to protect programs.

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Exodus of principals, teachers continues

At the April 13 Payson Unified School District board meeting, more names appeared on the agenda as separations from the district.

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Deadline for scholarship applications is April 24

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country is now accepting applications for scholarships from graduating high school seniors.

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Tarzan swings into action

“Tarzan,” the Payson High School 2015 musical, brought laughs, tears and fun to audiences during its three-night run.

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Tragedy’s root

Drugs, alcohol spawn misery and death – especially for kids

In his 26 years as a cop, Joe Leduc has seen it all.

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The drugs that endanger our children

Longtime police officer and drug educator Joe Leduc offered a sobering summary of the drugs available to our children this Saturday at the Payson Unified School District’s Parent University session.

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Schools cut budget

State forces $600,000 reduction

So, the official state budget has been signed and the cuts are in: Payson Unified School District has to peel away services to cover a $600,000 loss, which amounts to 4 percent of its operating budget.

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Schools reach out to parents

Payson district on Saturday will offer free sessions aimed at parents

Last fall, the Payson district launched a program to bring parents, grandparents, guardians and interested community members into the school to educate and address concerns and questions.

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PHS Theatre Troupe offers a flighty sample of the magic of Tarzan

Kathy Siler, director of the Payson High School Theatre Department and director of the upcoming musical Tarzan, thought it would be fun for me to fly with the pulleys and wires the actors will use.

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PUSD performing better than peer districts

Citing only two deficiencies, the Arizona Auditor General presented Payson Unified School District with an exceptional financial performance audit — according to administration.

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