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Budding scientists get GEARED UP

Jackie Wallace, GEAR UP coordinator for Payson Unified School District, took 11 students from her cohort to Safford for the GEAR UP Summer Camp of Champions June 13-17.

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Board debates tuition for foreign students

As it does every year, the Payson Unified School District Governing Board reviewed its decision to charge foreign exchange students tuition.

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Get free school supplies

Deserving students in Payson will soon benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

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All Payson teachers (almost) make goals — get pay bump

Payson Unified School District teachers received a performance pay bump – if they reached 80 percent of their goals.

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A passion for education

Roy Sandoval launches county schools campaign advocating change

Longtime educator Roy Sandoval launched his campaign for Gila County School Superintendent with an impassioned call for higher test scores, stronger principals and fewer excuses, speaking this week before the Payson Tea Party.

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SCRUBS camp introduces students to the health field

A sobering taste of blood, guts and needles

It might seem like a good idea to a choose a career in health care, but the reality might not live up to expectations — because, you know, blood, guts and needles are involved.

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Payson schools losing veteran teachers

Music, vocational programs hard hit by loss of teachers

Each May, the list of teachers leaving the district due to retirement, another job, dissatisfaction with the profession, low salaries and other reasons gets longer and longer.

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Tonto Basin hit with huge tax increase

In a unanimous vote this week, the Tonto Basin School Board approved the 2016-17 school year budget, which includes a 75 percent property tax increase.

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Pizza Factory HEROs of Education

The Payson Unified School District board honored Rodney and Gail Dahlman, owners of the Payson Pizza Factory, as HEROs of Education at its June 13 meeting.

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Pine school furor continues

Four seats on the Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District board need filling, but only two people have taken out paperwork for the November general election — incumbents Helen Palmer and Jessica Barnett.

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Inspiring music teachers stage their final Payson High School concert

The Payson High School band, guitar groups and choirs had one last concert for the year.

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School district upgrades textbooks

The Payson Unified School District board voted to purchase new reading textbooks for elementary- through middle school-aged students at its June 13 meeting.

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PUSD improvements funded through energy savings

The Payson Unified School District board will improve the football field and add lights under the terms of a contract with McKinstry Essention.

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Young Payson composer thrills listeners

A surprise awaited the audience of the last Payson High School concert — an original concert band piece composed by junior Colin Nossek.

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Payson’s foreign student program honored

Payson High School recently received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange programs.