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Sharyland school board restructures

20180516 SISDBoardThe Sharyland School Board of Trustees has a new president after the board reorganized their officers following the May 5 school board election.

At a special called meeting Wednesday, school board trustees Melissa Smith and Jose “Pepe” Garcia were promoted as board president and vice president, respectively.

Smith ran unopposed in the May 5 election while Garcia beat his opponent, Oton “Tony” Guerrero, with nearly 66 percent of the vote. Julio Cerda served as the board president in the current school year while Smith served as its vice president.

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Sharyland ISD to hold Baccalaureate ceremony next week

Mike-PatinSISD will be holding their 4th Annual Baccalaureate ceremony next Thursday, May 17 at Sharyland Pioneer High School at 7 p.m.

The ceremony, a one-hour religious service to honor the graduating class, has been done in the district since 1995. Then, the seniors of Sharyland High School have been celebrating the Baccalaureate ceremony with seniors from Mission Independent School District. Due to the growth in both school districts over the past 20 years, Sharyland and Pioneer High School started holding their own Baccalaureate ceremony.

This year’s speaker will be Mike Patin, a public speaker who spoke at the district’s first Baccalaureate ceremony in 2015. Patin uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God’s goodness and presence among us while inviting others, and himself, to take the “next step” in the journey with God.

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Sharyland ISD bids farewell to district retirees

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*Note: The following story has been amended to correct the name of Frank Perez. We apologize for the error*

After years of working with the district, a total of 23 staff members from the Sharyland school district-ranging from custodians, teachers and even its district superintendent-will be leaving the district at the end of the school year.

These 23 individuals were recognized by the district at its 3rd Annual Teachers of the Year and Retirees Luncheon-held Thursday, May 3 at Balli’s Social Event Center.

The luncheon recognized all the retirees as well as the teacher of the year from each of the district’s 13 campuses. Each of these teachers received a $500 check from the Sharyland Education Foundation and from there, the foundation will select the elementary and high school teacher of the year at the next school board meeting scheduled for May 29. Both of those teachers will receive a check for an additional $250.

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Sharyland school board incumbents retain their seats

20180505 SISDBoardWith nearly 66 percent of the votes, Sharyland School Board Trustee Jose “Pepe” Garcia secured a second term on the school board Saturday.

Garcia, a principal at the La Joya Independent School District, received 975 votes, handily beating his opponent Oton “Tony” Guerrero who received 505 votes.

Current school board member Melissa Smith ran unopposed and also secured another term on the school board.

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Letter to the editor

otonGuerreroSharyland ISD taxpayers:

I read an article in the Friday April 20th issue of Sharyland Times, it referenced a workshop, and a decision about the possibility of naming either a football field at Richard Thompson Stadium, or the stadium at Pioneer High School after a sitting member of the present Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees.

I asked WHY? I questioned a LEGACY? Defined as 12 years on the board......

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Sharyland ISD hires new superintendent

20180430 VidaurriSigningNearly eight years since she left the district, Maria “Mimi” Vidaurri is officially coming back to Sharyland as its new superintendent.

Last month, the Premont native was selected by the Sharyland Board of Trustees as the lone finalist for the district superintendent position and during Monday’s meeting, Vidaurri’s hiring was unanimously approved.

“It feels like I came home, it’s such a privilege and honor to be serving such an incredible community,” Vidaurri said. “I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

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