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Barbara Shepherd

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Shepherd quits

County will fill Payson School Board vacancy

With two more years in her tenure, Payson Unified School District board member Barbara Shepherd has resigned from her position.

Senate hopeful’s education plan spurs debate

State legislative forum sparks blunt exchange with school board member about budget cuts

A brief, fierce exchange about whether the Legislature has crippled public schools provided one of the liveliest moments in last week’s appearance of Republican candidates for the state legislative seats that represent Rim Country. The moment came when Payson Unified School District Board Member Barbara Shepherd challenged Rep. Chester Crandell’s plan to dramatically change the way the state funds K-12 schools.

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Voters need to give OK to sell Frontier Elementary

Should the Payson Unified School District sell Frontier Elementary School? That’s the question the district will put to the voters in November as a result of the school board’s action on Monday. The ballot measure will seek authorization from the voters to sell the site closed to save money last year, but that doesn’t mean the district actually will sell the school. Superintendent Casey O’Brien told a reluctant school board that the clearance from the voters would simply give the district the latitude to respond to an offer or changing conditions in the future. State law requires voter approval before the district can dispose of a school site.

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