Monday, July 16, 2018
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Jose-Pepe-GarciaIn a press release sent to the Progress Times, Jose “Pepe” Garcia made an official announcement seeking re-election in his Place 4 seat on the Sharyland Independent School District board (SISD).

Garcia said, “It has been an honor to serve as a trustee where our current members and I have worked as a team to ensure Sharyland ISD is as one of the most successful school districts in the state of Texas. As part of the current school board, we have proven our commitment to our community through our continued focus on educational opportunities for all our students and stewardship of our district resources.”

Looking to the future, Garcia noted, “With the upcoming search of a new superintendent, this is the right opportunity to move forward and continue being a part of a great team of visionaries for Sharyland ISD. Serving on the Sharyland ISD school board has allowed me, in collaboration with the team and the superintendent, to support the district’s projects and goals.”

For the accomplishments Garcia feels the school district has achieved during his term on the board, he listed the monetary benefits and increase in pay staff, minimum wage employees and bus drivers have received; providing pay raises; increased UIL academic stipends from elementary to secondary campuses and TMSCA.

He highlighted SISD clean financial audits and balanced budgets with exemplary financial ratings and the development of a five-year strategic plan.

Educational improvements Garcia felt the district has achieved during this term include providing a stable environment for teachers and students to teach and learn, attaining the district’s first Regional UIL academic championship, holding the highest academic ratings in the Rio Grande Valley and development of an aligned curriculum across the district.

He also noted the adding of additional security measures across the district, improving air conditioning and roofing needs across the district, improving facilities at Sharyland High School and building a new cattle facility at Pioneer High School.

Garcia noted the 20 years of experience as an educator he brings to the table is an asset.

“I have been a teacher, instructional supervisor, assistant principal and now a middle school principal. I bring an insider’s expertise that will help the board navigate through the vital instructional and curricular issues it will face over the years to come,” he said.
He concluded, “By coming together, we pledge our commitment to educational excellence and value the existence of Sharyland ISD. Let us keep ‘Excellence is our Tradition’ at Sharyalnd ISD.”