June 26, 2012
“It really is a crock. I had granddaughters in (the Achieve Hour). The kids felt it was good class.” Barbara Underwood School board president
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State: middle school class isn’t really a class
The Payson school district has agreed to return $210,000 to the Arizona Department of Education for a program that district officials say helped students but that state officials didn’t count as a class. Auditors from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) decided Payson schools state money spent on an innovative class that helped children who fell behind in school didn’t qualify as a class under state rules. “This began a little over a year ago when auditors from the ADE came to look at attendance issues,” said Superintendent Casey O’Brien.
After spirited discussion, board postpones vote on allowing spouses to work on same campus
The Payson School Board Monday after a spirited debate voted to drop a political hot potato in the lap of incoming Superintendent Ron Hitchcock. The issue centers on a proposed change in the district policy about letting husbands and wives work at the same school, a perhaps surprisingly common situation in small rural schools like Payson. Outgoing Payson High School Principal Kathe Ketchem, whose husband at one time also worked at the same school site, said a rural district couldn’t afford to drive off families in which both the husband and wife worked in education.