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Many Rim Country schools this year had a major change in leadership among administrators and school boards, including Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin. The new leaders will face daunting challenges. The state and federal governments have imposed far-reaching mandates, while cutting funding.

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New leaders must meet heavy mandates with fewer resources

School districts around Rim Country had upheavals in leadership, changing the landscape of the schools — with an mudslide of state and federal mandates and cutbacks moving down the steep slopes of educational reform threatening to engulf them.


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