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Payson schools excel in report

District costs low, but students do well on AIMS

Payson schools have seen better student achievement with fewer dollars than comparable school districts, according to the annual report card of Arizona’s school districts released last week by the Auditor General’s Office.

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Culinary Arts students learn how to make healthy tasty

Devon Wells plopped a huge cookie sheet down on the counter.

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It’s elementary: Jump Rope for Heart!

This week, both Payson Elementary School and Julia Randall Elementary held their annual Jump Rope for Heart event.

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Theater teacher reaches students with Renaissance Fair

Nick Pfeifle waited with Payson High School theater instructor Kathy Siler for the rest of the students at the gates of the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

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PHS band strong in regionals

The marching band uniforms might be put away, but the competitions continue.

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Schools fear impact

Board worries bills will hurt students

After listening to an alarming summary of new laws likely to cut funding and increase demands on public schools, newly elected Payson school board member Angie Prock asked a pointed question.

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Payson student wins county spelling bee

Rim Country seventh-grader sweeps 2015 competition

Rim Country Middle School student Colton Justice triumphed over students from school districts around Gila County to take first place at the 2015 Gila County Spelling Bee on Friday, Feb. 20.

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Governor signs law ending AIMS test in schools

On Friday, Feb. 20 AIMS (Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards) breathed its last breath.

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Pledges revive university land purchase plan

Foundation, Alliance will cooperate to buy 253-acre parcel by July

As backers work to heal recent rifts, the way has opened once again to buy a 253-acre Forest Service parcel for a 6,000-student university in Payson.

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Payson business program wins awards

Thirty Payson High School DECA students came home with awards from the AZ DECA Central District Conference held in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 13.

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Students offer teacher a fascinating lesson in role-playing

Alas, poor Pinland learns the bitter lessons of World War I

Payson High School history teacher Chad Gower admits he’s much more comfortable teaching from a strict lesson plan, but decided to color outside the lines to teach World War I. He ended up learning right along with his students.

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Chaos engulfs testing requirements for local schools

Schools plow ahead despite confusion

Payson Schools continue to doggedly overhaul testing for this year and next despite the chaos that has engulfed state education policy.

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All-day kindergarten touted

Bill would earmark court-ordered inflation money to restore funding

Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) this week toured a Phoenix kindergarten class to highlight her bill requiring schools to offer all-day kindergarten if they get money from a settlement with the state concerning illegally withheld inflation funding.

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Crush of bills will weigh on Payson schools

Superintendent Wyman details possible impact of new laws

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman on Monday offered the school board a quick survey of a host of bills racing through the Legislature that could have a big impact on schools this year — quite aside from the enormous potential impact of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget.

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Payson hosts successful academic decathlon

Its takes a village to put on a regional academic decathlon competition and the village of Payson responded to the need on Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7.