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Schools may get performance grade by state

State superintendent wants Florida-style reforms on a budget

State Superintendent of Education John Huppenthal vows to give every school district in the state a letter grade based on student performance and to embrace comprehensive Florida-style reforms.

Up to 10 more school layoffs coming Monday

The Payson Unified School District will lay off another eight to 10 employees at Monday night’s board meeting, Superintendent Casey O’Brien confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Superintendent explains cuts to school district

The passage of the override averted catastrophic cuts to our district, but it has not fully resolved our budget dilemma.

Putting a bull’s-eye on Payson schools’ budget

For the last two fiscal years, developing a school district budget with recommendations for Payson Unified School District’s Governing Board has been an exercise in hitting a moving target. As a Navy pilot, I got pretty good at delivering ordinance on practice targets that were fixed. Trying to get close to something on wheels was a whole different challenge. The actions and/or inactions of our state government are reminiscent of my old flying days. Those were practice targets though and our budget has real consequences for our students.

Elected school board members muzzled

Members of the Payson Unified School District board will no longer accept questions from community members or from the media outside of a public meeting in a new unwritten rule that appears to directly violate the district’s own policy manual.

Good news and hard times in Payson district

There are some good things to share about PUSD this week. Our Credit for Kids campaign was very successful. We took in just shy of $262,000. I wish to thank all of Payson for your generous support.


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