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Payson Unified School District Office - South entrance

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Board just hoping for a plan

Payson school board worries about rush to add more classrooms without clear growth plan

Like a bikini-clad girl inching into freezing water, the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) Board voted to seek an architect to add several kindergarten classrooms to Payson Elementary School, protesting all the way.

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School staffing shuffles continue

Bracing for feedback from laid-off employees, the Payson Unified School District school board will meet on Wednesday, June 5 at noon for what promises to be another rocky budget session.

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Grading teachers changed

Ever walk into a classroom full of excited, engaged, can’t wait to learn students and wish your child could be there? That’s the feeling the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) hopes to create in every classroom.

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Principals picked promptly

Administrators from Valley to fill top jobs at PHS and PES

Moving quickly to fill the vacant principal slots at Payson High School (PHS) and Payson Elementary School (PES), the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) has hired two Valley men. James Brian Mabb, currently the principal at Paradise Valley High School, will step in as administrator at the high school.

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Payson schools stack up

The Payson Unified School District gets good results at a low cost, according to an Arizona Auditor General’s Report that compares the 2,400-student district to similar districts statewide.

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Principals shuffled

Every school affected by massive reorganization

All four regular schools in the Payson Unified School District will get a new principal in a massive administrative shuffle announced this week as part of new Superintendent Ron Hitchcock’s bid to boost student test scores.

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Schools facing cutback

So, Gila County finally feels some of the effects of sequestration — and what gets hit? The schools.

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Board rejects plea for coaches

Worried about the district’s liability, Payson High School (PHS) Athletic Director Don Heizer recently asked for additional assistant coach positions for softball and baseball — but the request never got to first base.

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Controversy over new classroom process

The Payson Unified School District’s plan to hire a consultant to help teachers engage students has provoked decidedly mixed reviews.

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Students falter

Special education rates high, scores low

A daunting 18 percent of Payson Unified School District (PUSD) students are enrolled in special education classes (SPED), some 10 percent more than the average Arizona districts, said Director Barbara Fitzgerald at the Feb. 25 school board meeting.

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School position filled

Wala now rounds out diverse Payson board

With the appointment of Devin Wala to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board, Gila County Superintendent Linda O’Dell has completed the cast of characters that will lead the district for the next two years.

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Teachers reveal fears about reforms, job security, testing

New system will link teacher pay, promotions to controversial national test

Teacher’s concerns over a new student test, lack of training and a plan to link teacher pay and job security to student test scores dominated a Feb. 5 town hall on the incoming Common Core national academic standards sponsored by Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O’Dell.

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Courts rule in favor of school funding – but that could change

Arizona’s financially strapped schools won a victory in the Arizona Court of Appeals, but Payson’s school administration isn’t holding its breath since the attorney general will appeal the decision.

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School board faces hot issues

The two new school board members, Shirley Dye and James Quinlan, will jump into the job with both feet at the Monday, Jan. 14 .

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School facility fees here to stay

Board reaffirms school fees, despite criticism of impact

Despite claims of coercion, the school board decided Monday night to leave in place fees it charges clubs and organizations to use school facilities.

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Teachers will get federal windfall

Christmas will come early for staff at Payson Unified School District.

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School board candidates blast layoffs

The Reduction in Force (RIF) policy school districts use to lay off staff has proven so controversial that even students have weighed in on the issue.

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Animated debate about weighted grades

Parents urge school board to give students extra grade point credit for taking college vocational courses

Parents will do anything for their kids — even public speaking.

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