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Former soldier discovers passion for teaching

Gary Fishel, Payson Christian School third-grade teacher, calls himself an idealist.

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Charter school makes pitch to Chamber group

In August, Rim Country will have another education option for parents — the charter school American Leadership Academy.

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Payson schools closed Thursday due to winter storm

Payson may get 8 inches of snow by Friday

Payson Unified School District has called for a snow day on Thursday, Jan. 7 due to a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service.

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Payson High School wins $3,000 healthy living grant

Student advises CEOs on the habits of teens

When Donna Moore, a Payson High School physical education teacher saw the Fuel Up To Play 60 grant sponsored by Domino’s Pizza application in her inbox, she knew exactly who would be the best to apply — Lindsey Wala.

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Still talking

Report: Universities need 60,000 additional students

Arizona’s three universities have announced an ambitious plan to make room for 60,000 more students in the next decade and appealed to the Arizona Legislature for added support.

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Vocational programs at risk

Unless the Arizona Legislature votes to remove four pesky paragraphs from the language in the budget bill it passed earlier this year, statewide vocational educational districts will lose half their funding in January.

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Pint-sized hero of education – Brooklyn Klein

Student raises thousands to help others

Acknowledging that so far the Heroes of Education recognized by the Payson Unified School District have only been adults, Superintendent Greg Wyman couldn’t hide his pleasure as he introduced fourth-grader Brooklyn Klein as this month’s recipient.

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Credit for Kids deadline extended

New for this tax year — an extension on 2015 Credit for Kids tax credits to April 15.

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High school administrator named vice principal of the year

A passing conversation with Payson High School Principal Brian Mabb resulted in a stunning result for vice principal Jeff Simon — the Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

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Help for HS students

Aspire Foundation raising money to cover GCC classes

The recently established Aspire Arizona Foundation has launched its first effort in support of a university campus in Payson — a partnership with Payson High School and Gila Community College to offer dual-credit college courses.

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’Tis the Credit for Kids season!

It’s that time of year for Credit for Kids, the tax credit Rim Country residents may contribute and take directly off of their state income taxes.

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ASU meeting planned

But lease to charter school spurs questions

It was a quick meeting for the Rim Country Educational Alliance Thursday, which worked through its agenda with just a few public comments, most related to plans to put a charter school on part of the university site.

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PHS students to donate 62 gingerbread houses

After attending a present-wrapping get-together with several nonprofit groups in Payson, culinary arts instructor Richard Erskine decided his students could contribute to the families’ Christmas too.

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Legal thicket

Alliance won’t discuss charter lease, but will consider legal structures

The Rim Country Educational Alliance will meet on Thursday to take the first step toward buying another 21 acres for a university campus, but won’t discuss a plan to lease a portion of the 253 acres it already owns to a charter school.

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Tribe donates $77,000 to middle school

The Tonto Apache Tribe made another huge investment in the Payson Unified School District with a $77,000 check to support technology.