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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.

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Details of a ‘multiversity’

But still no word from university

After sending the Forest Service a check for $4.1 million for a 253-acre parcel for a university campus in Payson, Mayor Kenny Evans gave an update on the project Wednesday before a packed house at the monthly Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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University master plan

Contracts for architect, manager signed

The Rim Country Educational Foundation has selected an architect and a project manager to begin detailed work on the design and infrastructure for a 6,000-student university campus in Payson.

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Lawmakers approve school settlement

The settlement of a school funding lawsuit adopted by the Arizona Legislature last week in a three-day special session received mixed reviews this week — with supporters hailing the resolution of a years-long deadlock and critics saying the deal still leaves the state’s K-12 system desperately underfunded.

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Drugs in schools

Concerned about substance abuse and your child?

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Test debate muddled

Students hang on, as officials bicker

The release of national test scores and a “symbolic” move away from national Common Core academic standards this week left Arizona’s school reform movement in a muddle.

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House OKs deal

Payson schools could gain more than $500,000

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a $3.5 billion, 10-year plan to settle a school funding lawsuit. The measure could boost the budget of the Payson Unified School District by more than $500,000 annually.

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PUSD board flips switch on energy savings contract

Sometimes, you’ve got to spend money to make money.

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Forest Service finishes sale of university site

After years of delay and struggle, the Tonto National Forest has accepted a $4.1 million check to hand over title to 253 acres of land on which the Rim Country Educational Alliance will build a 6,000-student university.