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Payson High School Assistant Principal Anna VanZile and Superintendent Casey O’Brien cross each other as they attempt to traverse the high wire cable during their training on the Project Adventure rope course. See story on page 7A.

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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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