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Edie Miller honored as ‘Hero of Education’

Edie Miller, has dedicated the last few years to expanding the cultural awareness of Payson High School students and the Rim Country community by finding homes for foreign exchange students to attend the high school for up to a year.

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Gov. Ducey plugs proposition in Payson

On Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey held an education summit in Payson to push Proposition 123, before heading over to speak at the Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Luncheon.

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First Payson High band musician makes All-State Band

For the first time in Payson High School history, senior band member Sabrina Bonn will play in the All-State Concert Band.

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School board questions AG’s report

The Payson Unified School District board wished it could ask the Auditor General’s office why it fails to do a direct apples-to-apples comparison when analyzing how district schools spend money.

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Schools rated

Auditor General looks at costs, scores

Compared to similar districts statewide, Payson spends more on teachers and gets better test results — despite having larger class sizes, according to this year’s Arizona Auditor General’s report.

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GCC students honored at state event

Two Gila Community College students were honored on March 3 at the All-Arizona Academic Team luncheon in Mesa, along with 73 other students from Arizona’s community colleges.

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County seeks Teacher of the Year nominations

The Gila County Schools Office has extended the deadline to submit nominations for the Gila County Teacher of Year.

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Packets now available for school, college governing board candidates

Gila County residents interested in making a difference for local schools are invited to consider running for a school district governing board seat or a seat on the Gila Community College (GCC) Governing Board.

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College courses for high school students covered

Ever wanted your high school student to take a community college course, but couldn’t afford the tuition?

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Students shine at Gila County Science Fair

Darby McFarlane figured she could revolutionize egg laying. So the Rim Country Middle School student set up an experiment for the Gila County Science Fair that involved feeding one group of chickens a high-protein, high-carb diet.

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Sandoval seeks job as county schools superintendent

Roy Sandoval has entered the race to replace retiring Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell.

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Payson graduates’ college attendance rate low

Only about 38 percent start and fewer than 20 percent finish

Payson students attend college at a far lower rate than students statewide, according to figures compiled by the Arizona Board of Regents.

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University tuition rises as regents plead for support

State support has dropped 60 percent since 2008

Arizona State University wants to raise tuition by $200 annually for residents and $1,100 for foreign and out-of-state students, the latest in an inexorable string of increases that has boosted tuition from amongst the lowest in the nation to roughly 25th.

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Payson schools hope to cut energy bills by 10 percent

Energy audit pinpoints savings by controlling off-hour temperatures

The Payson Unified School District can cut its $650,000 annual energy bill by 10 to 15 percent, mostly by upgrading heating and cooling systems to operate only minimally in the evening when the buildings are closed, a team of consultants reported to the Payson School Board this week.

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Schools now free to pick their own tests

Gov. Doug Ducey this week signed a bill that could both streamline and upend school efforts to adopt a common test to measure student progress.