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PUSD Superintendent Ron Hitchcock

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No teacher layoffs

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.

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Board grapples with priorities

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.

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Survey shock

$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.

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Keeping kids safe

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.

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