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SISD closes in on $3.2 million deficit

sharyland-logo-copy-1MISSION—In a second draft of the budget for the Sharyland ISD 2014-2015 school year, administration presented a $2.2 million deficit. The budget now adds up to $119.4 million, according to Jesse Muñiz, assistant superintendent of business and finance, but he added there are still more items to tweak before the submission of a final draft.

Last month, the board received a presentation at its building operations and finance meeting stating in the first draft of the budget, the district was looking at a $3.2 million deficit.

“Thanks to the team coming together on this, we went back and reviewed the personnel side of it–of course that is where the big bucks are,” Muñiz said. “Going back and looking at payroll, athletics and other miscellaneous adjustments that we made, we were able to knock out about $1,001,793.”

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SISD board rejects proposal to reclassify employees

sharyland-logo-copy-1MISSION—The Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees decided to table the reclassification of eight employees for the 2014-2015 school year in a meeting last week.

The adjustments were projected to cost the district $65,644.

Superintendent Virginia N. Richter explained the human resources department visited each district campus and interviewed the staff. In these interviews, they found mistakes where employees were not under the correct classification or pay grade in six positions.

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Sheriff candidates sound off in forum

20140718 Sheriff-CandidatesThe fate of the office for the top law enforcement officer in Hidalgo County could lie in the hands of 53 people.

It creates a much different challenge for candidates looking to get on the November ballot. Lupe Treviño, former sheriff, who was reelected in 2012, abruptly resigned from office in March and subsequently pleaded guilty to laundering drug money. The commissioners court appointed Pct. 4 Constable Eddie Guerra to the spot to serve until January.

Because Treviño resigned after the March primaries, it’s up to the precinct chairs in a heavy democratic-voting county to choose candidates to run for the seat in the November election.

Read more: Sheriff candidates sound off in forum

Mayor loses battle for commercial zone

City-of-Mission-logoMission City Council rejected a proposed zone change in the Melba Carter Subdivision on Monday that would have changed property use from residential to commercial over protests from Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas.

The proposed business involved a site where storage units, commercial trucks and trailers could be left for periods of time in the subdivision, which sits between Conway Avenue and the Mission Industrial Park south of Expressway 83.

“Some members of the council just do not understand,” Salinas said, “That one business would have provided up to 20 jobs for Mission residents.”

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Most agree on protecting children in immigration debate

20140718 BP-PatrolAs unaccompanied children from Central America continue to flock to the United States, most people on both side of the debate on what to do with them seem to agree on one thing–the children need to be protected.

In a vigil at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, young adults who came to the United States illegally as youths, pleaded the plight of the children, saying their lives had been turned into a political game.

Cristina Jimenez, co-founder of United We Dream, which organized the vigil, came to the United States at the age of 13 with her family as they fled political turmoil in Ecuador.

Read more: Most agree on protecting children in immigration debate

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  20. Mission Parks hosts 7-on-7 football

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