April 20, 2012
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American spirit lives on at Payson school
For those fearing that the revolutionary spirit of our American forefathers wanes, Payson High School students boldly braved the wrath of administrators to protest the dress code on Tuesday this week. The teens organized over Facebook creating a dress code protest page, which has since been taken down. A little more than two-dozen students showed up for school wearing tank tops, pajama bottoms, no shirts, holes above the knee jeans, sheer shirts and mini skirts, said Tyler McMinimy, a senior at PHS. Administrators met the protesters at bus stops and entrances to the school. Student protesters who did not have dress code appropriate clothes to change into were sent home, said Kathe Ketchem, PHS principal. Jacob Chamberlain, a sophomore, got away without wearing a shirt under his old marching band uniform jacket until he arrived at his second period class with science teacher Beverly Adams.
Kathe Ketchem resigns
On July 1, an era will end: After 41 years in education, Payson High School Principal Kathe Ketchem will retire. Family is her primary reason for retiring, said her husband John. She will not be alone in her retirement, director of Career Technical Education Wendell Stevens, guidance counselor Judy Michel, and Payson Center for Success math teacher Dan Alm will all retire at the end of the year. The flurry of retirements touched off rumors among the faculty that the district may move to a fresh round of layoffs, in anticipation of added state budget cuts and the impact of declining enrollment.