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Break even budget

With Arizona cutting school budgets, while the governor demands they increase classroom spending, Payson Unified School District came up with a plan: reprioritize.

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School board debates new version of vision

Do we mostly want “productive citizens”?

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Payson may revive online classes

But only 25 percent finish

Last year, Payson Unified School District shelved its online school, Payson Virtual Academy. Now, the district wants to resurrect the program.

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Common Core prompts textbook worries

In a clash between the old and new, the Payson Unified School District board voted on what to do with old, obsolete textbooks and the new online curriculum framework, Beyond Textbooks.

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Schools struggle to cope with drug use

At recent meetings hosted by the Payson Police Department on the heroin problems in Rim Country, members of the public appealed to the schools to provide a solution.

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Fourth-graders learn about Tonto National Monument

Six fourth-grade classes from Julia Randall Elementary School recently got a chance to visit Tonto National Monument, thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation, which paid for bus.

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Payson FFA racks up awards at state conference

Small, but mighty would serve as a motto for Payson High School’s FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) program.

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PUSD board grapples with foreign exchange student tuition

Each year, the Payson Unified School District board mulls over what to do with foreign exchange students — this year, the discussion fell on May 26.

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Bungled state law will punish schools

Districts with charter schools may have to make years of back payments

A mistake in a budget bill could cost districts like Payson with charter schools millions.

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Now, that’s talent

Twenty-one acts took to the gym floor at Julia Randall Elementary the last day of school to celebrate the talent of the student body.

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Homeless, displaced youngsters need a helping hand

Donations key to children’s success

Alarmed by the rising number of teens without enough support to finish their schooling, a collaboration of church leaders and caring Rim Country community members joined together in 2009 to create Payson Assisting Displaced Students.

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Design the Sign Contest for "A University Campus in Payson"

In an effort to get the public involved in plans to build a university, the Rim Country Educational Foundation is sponsoring a contest to “design the sign.”

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Jammin’ with the band – for 18 years

Each year the bands from beginning to advanced set up on the lawn behind the Rim Country Middle School gym to entertain friends, family and the community.

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Teachers honored

Payson Unified School District has initiated a recognition ceremony for those employees that have served for a decade or more.

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Graduates won’t stop believing

It’s not so easy to stand in front of 120 of your classmates who have watched you for 12 years, cry and laugh, goof off and be serious, succeed and fail to share words of wisdom.