Now that the band has finished its marching season, it’s time to move on to its concert season and beyond.
PHS students deliver goosebump-producing performance at band festival in Gilbert
As the sun set, the Payson High School (PHS) Marching Band settled into position on Williams Field in Gilbert during the Nov. 2 ABODA State Marching Band Festival.
Recently the Kiwanis Club hosted a breakfast for all the exchange students currently attending Payson High School. The students introduced themselves, spoke about their countries, their schools, hobbies and why they chose to be an exchange student.
Hitchcock launches changes, but quits after just 18 months
Barely 18 months into his tenure, Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Ron Hitchcock will seek approval to resign from the school board tonight at its Nov. 12 meeting.
The Rim Country Middle School library buzzed with nervous twitters and fidgeting; spread out in a circle, tri-fold cardboard displays showed Christina Cleary’s sixth grade science class projects on weather topics from tornados to lightning.
But need for help still exists
The number of homeless and displaced students in Payson has plunged by 47 percent from a high of 589 in 2012-13 to 313 this year — a 47 percent drop.
On Oct. 29, Payson High School inducted the largest group of National Honor Society students it has ever had, said advisor Laura Blocher.
Representative Paul Gosar (R-Prescott) visited the students at Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) on Monday, Nov. 4 to meet the students and answer questions.
District gains 27 students, reversing four-year trend
The anticipated 40th day of instruction attendance numbers brought good news to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) — the district had the first increase in enrollment in four years.
Anyone wishing to serve on the Gila Community College Board who lives in Payson, Pine, Strawberry or several other Rim County communities can fill out an application in the Gila County Schools office.
Volunteer coordinators bring in community members to support students, school staff
Gerald Rutz came to the Oct. 25 Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board meeting a bit disappointed. He had written a letter to the superintendent’s office to offer tutoring in Calculus, but never received a response. “I am disappointed that in five weeks I have not heard anything,” he said. “It means to me you don’t care enough to take care of the kids. (But) I’m still willing to offer help.”
Faced with a liability insurance crisis, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board on Oct. 28 voted to allow only district students and employees to use the ropes course installed with a federal grant.
School department chairs will once again get stipends of $500 a year, now that the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board has adopted new job descriptions and salary schedules.
As Alliance compares sites, FS land sale inches along
The Rim Country Educational Alliance (SLE) continues to push the purchase of 260 acres from the U.S. Forest Service for a university campus — but also is doing a comparative analysis of other privately owned parcels.
College partners with local health businesses to expand offerings
Gila Community College (GCC) has offered local students an opportunity to earn a nursing degree close to home since 2005, with the help of Payson Regional Medical Center (PRMC). The program has trained 153 skilled nurses.