School districts throughout the state once more lurched into the school year with the nation’s worst ratio of counselors to students.

State lawmakers this year approved an extra $6 million to hire school counselors and police-officer school resource officers, but the state department of education held up distribution of the money for lack of an application process.

Arizona has one counselor for every 903 students, more than twice the national average of 455. The American School Counselor Association recommends one counselor for every 205 students.

Payson School Board member Joanne Conlin at a recent meeting asked newly hired Superintendent Stan Rentz to schedule a work session on district goals, including ways to bolster counseling for students. “I do

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