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Superintendent to retire at end of school year

After five years with the Payson Unified School District, Superintendent Casey O’Brien announced Thursday he would retire at the end of the school year. O’Brien, 56, said he plans to travel more with his wife Priscilla and spend time with their parents in southern Arizona, where he has a home. O’Brien has served with the district through one of the worst budgetary periods for school districts in years. While finances have languished, O’Brien helped launch new programs, build and upgrade facilities and keep the district largely a float. But decisions weren’t always easy, he admits. The district has gone through two years of substantial cutbacks. The district closed Frontier Elementary School, increased class sizes and reduced the number of teachers and staff members to save money.


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