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Principal's Message



Dear Payne Community,


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I write this letter with enthusiasm and pride as I take on the role of Payne Principal of our National Blue Ribbon School.  We will all miss having Cathy Bailey at Payne and wish her well on her new adventures!

When Dr. Going asked if I would accept the role of Principal, my first words were, “How could I say no?”  I immediately thought of the faces that make Payne the award-winning school it is: the talented and dedicated staff, the hard-working and fun-loving students, and the many community and family members who do so many things every day to bring Payne to life.  I look forward to working with all of you, learning from your experiences, and sharing excitement over new ideas. I anticipate another amazing year to come at Payne!

I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our Assistant Principal, Chelsea Armann.  Chelsea is coming to Payne with a lot of experience from throughout the district, most recently as Assistant Principal of Country Lane, and will be a true asset our Payne community.  Welcome, Chelsea!


The start of a new school year is always a special time. No matter what age you are, there is a sense of a new beginning and great possibilities ahead; I have that feeling more this year than ever!


With gratitude,

Katie Berg