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    SISD discusses construction following lawsuit

    sharyland-logo-copy-1Work at Pioneer High School is down to minor details that need to be completed, but the district is working out how to get it all finished because of a lawsuit that was filed by the contractors March 3.

    “The expectation is still that it will be completed,” said Interim Superintendent Filomena Leo. “Whatever happens, regarding any question (the contractors) may have, we still expect that the work will be completed to quality standards.”

    At the March 24 board meeting, Director of Maintenance Jesse Muñiz said that the project was “basically” complete. There were still a few items up for discussion, but the board did so in executive session because of the pending litigation with Texas Descon. With the exception of some pending air conditioning unit issues, Muñiz said he is satisfied with the issues that have been in discussion for the last few months.

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    Women’s History Month: Sharyland High staff tells their stories

    20150327 Women-in-HistoryEven though Pamela Buentello never met her tia Tina Garcia, she was the first person that came to mind when asked about a female role model in her family.

    In the morning hours of Nov. 1, 1976, the 49-year-old Garcia and her younger relatives became victims of a home invasion. While attempting to defend her family against the burglar, Garcia was shot and killed in Indiana.

    Buentello came to admire her great aunt through stories told by her mother who was there to witness the death. Although her role in the family consisted of cooking and housekeeping, Garcia had a business degree and was a foreman alongside her husband.

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    Youngs find love and a daughter in what was once a warzone

    20150327-Trang-Adoption-001Vietnam is where Doug and Cindy Young fell in love more than 40 years ago, and it was Vietnam where they met the daughter they never knew they needed – 31-year-old Trang Phan – 10 years ago.

    The family made it official in an adoption ceremony March 4, but the feeling has long been mutual.

    Ten years ago, Trang was a junior at Hue University, where the Youngs taught English. Most of the students had never spoken with a native English speaker, and they’d come over to the Youngs’ house after school for English Club or to visit or watch an American movie. Trang and then freshman Aí Nhân Ngo were regulars at the Youngs.

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    Healthcare bill rises from ashes of hospital district

    healthcare-costsIf approved, a bill authored by State Rep. Bobby Guerra would not create a healthcare district he emphasized repeatedly in a committee hearing last week.

    It would lower the tax rate cap from 75 cents to 25 cents, he said. Voters still must petition Hidalgo County Commissioners Court to call for another election to create the district.

    “I just want to make sure that in the event the county does decide that it wants this that we have these safeguards in place,” Guerra told the County Affairs Committee, later adding, “I don’t know that a healthcare district is going to be formed or an election is going to be called.”

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    Pioneer High’s Winfree brings home the gold

    20150324 Powerlifting SPHS Girls-04At first glance Sharyland Pioneer High student Alexandra Winfree is your typical teenage girl. Knowing she was about to have her picture taken during first period Tuesday, she applied her makeup and fixed her hair just like any other teenage girl would. However, there is something about Winfree that makes her unlike any other girl at Pioneer High and unlike pretty much any other girl in the state. Winfree is a two-time powerlifting state champion.

    Winfree is just one of eight Lady Diamondbacks that qualified for the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association’s (THSWPA) state meet in Corpus Christi last week. While winning a gold medal was what each of the 212 competitors at the state meet were out to do, Winfree was out to do something that has never been done before – win back-to-back state powerlifting championships in two different weight classes and for two different schools.

    As a junior last year, Winfree won the first girls powerlifting state gold medal in Sharyland High School history when she squatted, bench pressed and deadlifted a total of 800 lbs. to not only take the gold medal but to also tie the state deadlifting record in the 123-lb. weight class by lifting 365 lbs.

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    2. UTPA FESTIBA rescheduled for today, March 27
    3. County appoints interim Community Service Agency director
    4. SISD sued by Pioneer contractors
    5. Rene Lopez Jr. officially sworn in as Fire Chief
    6. SISD chess teams advance to nationals
    7. Sharyland sweeps boys, girls 5A district titles
    8. Get your feet wet on a “Pelagic Birding Trip”
    9. Board reviews superintendent applicants
    10. Sharyland ISD School selected as Top 10 for the 2015 National Excellence In Urban Education Award
    11. County CSA director resigns after reports that $3 million for indigent went unspent
    12. ‘Paint the Town Purple’ with American Cancer Society
    13. Sharyland High School FCCLA members attend Region V Conference
    14. Sharyland ISD campuses and offices to be closed during Spring Break
    15. Lady Rattlers shut out Lady Diamondbacks
    16. Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail launched
    17. Martinez Smith brings education, business experience
    18. Sparks aims to tackle SISD issues
    19. SISD celebrates grant giveaways
    20. D’backs rally to defeat Sabercats

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