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Learning to balance in a cooperative manner working as a group to solve problems, as these administration staff discovered, may be more challenging than first anticipated.

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Administrators conquer fear and learn lessons atop a 40-foot pole

Jeez. Running a school district is such a high wire act. Literally. Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O’Brien and a slew of the district’s top administrators spent a couple of hours this week balancing precariously on wires far above the ground, climbing telephone poles and dangling from ropes — all in the name of team building. The afternoon included hooking up to safety harnesses, climbing a 40-foot-tall pole, standing unsteadily atop the pole and then jumping into space to smack a big plastic ball in mid air, trusting that the people on the ground hanging onto the ends of the safety ropes would keep them safe.

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