February 5, 2013
PUSD Superintendent Ron Hitchcock
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The Payson School Board Monday night approved a passel of new administrative contracts as well as 128 teacher contracts that will mark the first time in three years the district has avoided teacher layoffs.
Proposed budget system uses funds in areas to boost student achievement
An intent Payson School Board struggled most of Saturday to understand the far-reaching implications of Superintendent Ron Hitchcock’s priority-based approach to the district’s budget.
$20,000 survey takes issue with policies, teaching
For $20,000, the Payson Unified School District learned that students work diligently at their desks on the state standards, but don’t actually understand those standards and don’t generally work on higher thinking skills.
Schools want grants to put officers back on campus
Hoping to avoid the unspeakable tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary, Governor Jan Brewer this week promised money for the lagging School Resource Officer (SRO) program, which puts an armed police officer on campus to provide both protection and education.