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Business students inspired by Leadership Conference

In the spirit of educating the future generation in business, the local Payson High School DECA chapter took four students to the Western Region Leadership Conference held in Seattle, Washington.

Big fuss but very little change

Controversial Common Core standards tweaked

Touting the new Arizona English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards as the cure for Common Core, State Superintendent Diane Douglas recently announced the adoption of new standards.

Special ed records headed for shredder

The Gila County School Superintendent’s Office will be shredding special education student records for the Gila County Regional School District #49.

Theater classes at Gila Community College

Tina Ratzken next semester will teach theater at Gila Community College.

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School choirs join forces to celebrate

In his first concert, new choral director Justin Leon showed off all five of his choirs on Dec. 16.

Minimum wage hike will affect schools

The Payson Unified School District board must change its hourly salary schedule to reflect the changes required by Proposition 206.

More help for students

The Aspire Arizona Foundation announced that it has received a grant from the Holbrook Pyle Foundation, a fund of the Arizona Community Foundation, to support the AAF Dual Credit initiative.

Grants help rural schools boost Internet capacity

The state Department of Education is lobbying for reliable high-speed Internet access for rural Arizona students who are without it, through federal Erate funds and state matching funds to build an infrastructure for underserved areas.

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Cosmetology grad credits program

Visit the Borree Spa & Salon in Payson to work with Isabella Barr, a homegrown, home-trained cosmetologist.

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Amazing paraprofessional Lisa Tan honored by Brian Mabb

Brian Mabb, principal at Payson High School, took a moment during the board meeting on Dec. 12 to recognize paraprofessional Lisa Tan.

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Teachers beat average on AzMERIT

The Payson Unified School District board decided to recognize the teachers whose students scored 10 percent higher than the state average on their AzMERIT scores at its Dec. 12 meeting.

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Registration underway for GCC’s spring semester

Registration for the 2017 spring semester is now underway at Gila Community College.

Grant to aid science teaching in county

The Gila County superintendent’s office has won a $401,000 grant to train teachers to teach the physical sciences, one of only three such grants statewide.

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Huff honored by school board

The Payson Unified School District board recognized Brenda Huff of the Payson Water Department as a HERO of Education for her 10-year dedication to putting on AZ Project WET.

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Many Julia Randall Elementary students aced tough, new AzMERIT test

Payson celebrates smart kids

The Payson Unified School District board honored 51 third- through fifth-grade students for performing above expectations on the AzMERIT test at its Nov. 14 meeting.