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Follow the money - AZ superintendent changes tune

After riding into the state superintendent of education position on one issue — getting rid of Common Core academic standards — Diane Douglas has decided it’s all about the money.

Payson school district ponders specifics of civics test

The Payson Unified School District Governing Board had concerns about the mandatory civics test needed for graduation at its meeting on Nov. 14.

Arizona struggles to replace K-12 teachers, cope with shortfalls

Arizona’s teacher shortage will likely get worse before it gets better, according to a report by AZEdNews.

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Business students serve up a fundraiser

The line of high school students anxious to snarf up Gerardo’s delicious pizza and pasta snaked out the door.

Police investigate school threat

Early on Election Day, Payson High School parents received a call out from Principal Brian Mabb reporting a threat against Payson High School.

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Incumbents and longtime residents win school races

Incumbents and long-time residents had a good night when it came to the elections for school boards in Payson and the Tonto Basin. The Payson Unified School District had three positions to fill.

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Incumbents and longtime residents lead in school board races

Incumbents Barbara Underwood and Shirley Dye appeared to win re-election to the Payson School Board, with newcomer Shane Keith, a 2009 graduate of Payson High School, rounding out the top three finishers, with about two-thirds of the ballots counted.

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RCMS healthy families program wins honors

A Rim Country Middle School program to help keep kids and families healthy won an award from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey — and the Payson Unified School District’s latest “Heroes of Education” award as well.

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College progresses, but still no partner

Architects and planners for a proposed four-year college campus in Payson met with town officials Wednesday to go over preliminary phase I plans.

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Override money goes to teachers

The Payson Unified School District has spent every penny of a voter-approved, $1.2 million budget override on teachers and classrooms, Finance Director Kathy Manning reported last week.

Griffin takes over marketing, public relations for college district

Leitha Griffin, longtime resident of Gila County, will take over marketing and public relations for the Gila Community College District. Griffin moves from her recent position as administrative assistant/student support services.

School locked down after police warning

Woman’s ‘bad day’ spurs action, frightens parents

Teachers at Julia Randall Elementary School rushed to lock themselves and their students in classrooms, the library and other buildings after Payson Police advised the school to go on “lockdown.”

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RCMS honors top scoring students

The Payson School Board celebrated the 63 “highly performing” Rim Country Middle School students, based on scores on the tough AzMERIT test.

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Pride of Payson Competes

Young band with a new director pulls it together

After a rough start to the 2017 marching band season, the Pride of Payson performed its heart out at the ASU Band Day on Oct. 15 — without any trips or starting the music on the wrong measure.

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Payson School Board candidates debate the issues

Religion, home schooling, after-school activities and special education spurred spirited exchange among Payson School Board candidates at a recent Kiwanis-hosted debate.