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A passion for education

Roy Sandoval launches county schools campaign advocating change

Longtime educator Roy Sandoval launched his campaign for Gila County School Superintendent with an impassioned call for higher test scores, stronger principals and fewer excuses, speaking this week before the Payson Tea Party.

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SCRUBS camp introduces students to the health field

A sobering taste of blood, guts and needles

It might seem like a good idea to a choose a career in health care, but the reality might not live up to expectations — because, you know, blood, guts and needles are involved.

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Payson schools losing veteran teachers

Music, vocational programs hard hit by loss of teachers

Each May, the list of teachers leaving the district due to retirement, another job, dissatisfaction with the profession, low salaries and other reasons gets longer and longer.

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Tonto Basin hit with huge tax increase

In a unanimous vote this week, the Tonto Basin School Board approved the 2016-17 school year budget, which includes a 75 percent property tax increase.

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Pizza Factory HEROs of Education

The Payson Unified School District board honored Rodney and Gail Dahlman, owners of the Payson Pizza Factory, as HEROs of Education at its June 13 meeting.

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Pine school furor continues

Four seats on the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District board need filling, but only two people have taken out paperwork for the November general election — incumbents Helen Palmer and Jessica Barnett.

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Inspiring music teachers stage their final Payson High School concert

The Payson High School band, guitar groups and choirs had one last concert for the year.

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School district upgrades textbooks

The Payson Unified School District board voted to purchase new reading textbooks for elementary- through middle school-aged students at its June 13 meeting.

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PUSD improvements funded through energy savings

The Payson Unified School District board will improve the football field and add lights under the terms of a contract with McKinstry Essention.

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Young Payson composer thrills listeners

A surprise awaited the audience of the last Payson High School concert — an original concert band piece composed by junior Colin Nossek.

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Payson’s foreign student program honored

Payson High School recently received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange programs.

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Legal wrangles tangle up Prop. 123 money for schools

Questions remain about distribution of $230 million to schools in June

Voters approved Proposition 123’s boost in school funding, but controversy persists.

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Jim Quinlan named Hero of Education at final board meeting

At Jim Quinlan’s last board meeting, Superintendent Greg Wyman recognized him as a true HERO of education. “We appreciate you making the difference for the kids, community and most importantly our staff,” he said.

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P/S Elementary School loses superintendent, board members

Pine Strawberry Elementary School District Superintendent/Principal Cody Barlow resigned last week, accusing board member Margaret Parker of bullying and nepotism.

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GCC to increase property tax rate

The Gila Community College Governing Board voted to increase property taxes 2 percent.

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