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Sign contest yields a winner

Archaeological field work reportedly completed

Beautifully ambiguous.

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Classes dwindle

No AP physics, chemistry again

For the second year in a row, Payson High School will not offer Advanced Placement physics —nor will it offer AP chemistry. The reason?

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GCC inching toward accreditation

Independence could take five years and $12 million

At its first-ever board retreat on March 27, Gila Community College board member Jerry McCreary agreed to create a new committee to win independent accreditation.

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Gila Community College needs new lobbyist – again

Barely a year after hiring the lobbying firm, Polito, the Gila Community College board will seek a new firm.

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College ponders how to keep more students

GCC studies free tuition for seniors

The Gila Community College board has decided to research how to find, keep and support students at the community college — even retirees.

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Plans to help Payson Kids Read

The Read On Gila County Stakeholders will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, July 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Payson Library to continue to help children in the County read.

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School tempest

Much ado about curriculum, texts

Three years ago, the Payson Unified School District adopted Beyond Textbooks.

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Payson schools struggle to juggle online classes

Board approves plan to improve completion rate, pay

On June 18, the Payson Unified School District board voted to change the name of Payson Virtual Academy to Payson Center for Success Online.

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GCC offers photography

This fall, acclaimed photographer Randy Hust will teach Beginning Digital Photography, ART 128, at Gila Community College.

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Banner/MHA complete $40 million merger

The Mogollon Health Alliance and Banner Health on Friday completed their merger, with enormous implications for health care in Rim Country, the Payson university project and educational and health care charitable initiatives.

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Kinder, gentler school board

‘We’re in transition out of chaos and crisis’

The Payson Unified School District board at its retreat on June 27 admitted the reverberations of the last two years still haunt them, but have faith the new administration is guiding them through the maze firmly and calmly.

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Exchange program honors principal

The EF High School Exchange Program relies on the support of the school districts and high schools that host the students each year.

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Charter school due

Could impact Payson district

American Leadership Academy, a multi-campus charter school from the Valley, announced it will open a K-12 campus in Payson by 2016, an announcement with potentially serious consequences for the Payson Unified School District.

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Community theater group gives ‘Pity Party’

Performing “Pity Party” in the cozy Black Box Theatre behind the Payson High School Auditorium provides a personal feel.

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New charter school coming to Payson

Rim Country will have a new option for its kindergarten through high school students by August of 2016 - the charter school American Leadership Academy.