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Payson Unified School Board Chairman Barbara Underwood (left), Superintendent Casey O’Brien and board member Rory Huff listen somberly to reaction from parents to a plan to close Frontier Elementary School to help close a projected $871,000 budget deficit caused by dwindling state and federal support and a declining enrollment.

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Closing Frontier: The ‘lesser of evils’

Closing Frontier Elementary School and letting class sizes rise throughout the district represents the lesser of three evils the Payson Unified School District must face if it is to close a projected $872,000 deficit, school board members told a packed special board meeting on Wednesday.

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