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sharyland-logo-copy-1SHARYLAND—Superintendent Virginia N. Richter greeted local business owners at a State of the District presentation held on April 8.

Richter said she wanted to take the opportunity to get to know members of the business community and update them on current district topics.

The presentation covered academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities and financials.

A feeder pattern was also provided that explained how the district would divide students into Sharyland High School and Sharyland Pioneer High School.

Jensen Elementary, O. Garza Elementary, Wernecke Elementary and Shary Elementary all feed into Sharyland North Junior High. Those Sharyland North students will become Pioneer Diamondbacks.

Meanwhile Martinez Elementary, Bentsen Elementary, Hinojosa Elementary and Shimotsu Elementary students funnel into B.L. Gray Jr. High and move on to Sharyland High School.

The projected enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is 1,891 students at Sharyland HS and 1,473 students at Pioneer HS.

Early College High School

“Next year we will be opening our doors to A3; we are calling it Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy,” Richter said. “That is our early college high school. The 125 students attending that campus will have the ability to graduate with their associate’s degree two weeks before they graduate with their high school degree.”

Each year a batch of 125 students will be added to the campus that will be housed in a building behind Sharyland High School. The campus is targeted at assisting students who are the first generation in their family to attend college.

Drug testing policy

Richter also discussed the drug testing policy that was started in January 2014, which randomly tests students who participate in extracurricular activities. Out of 430 students who have been tested, four students tested positive, she said.

“We know that we have some drugs in this school. We admit it, and any school that says they don’t–they are lying,” Richter said. “We took the attitude…let’s help the kiddos that may have a problem. We are offering counseling to the student as well as the parents.”

Tax rate history

The superintendent said a common misconception of the district is that the tax rate is high. A history was provided of the district’s tax rate, in 2006 the tax rate stood at $1.56 and dropped to $1.18 in 2008. For the 2013-2014 school year, the tax rate is $1.29.

Richter said Sharyland’s rates are in line with neighboring districts. The district’s tax rate is less than Mission CISD, who has a rate of $1.30. And La Joya ISD’s tax rate is $1.31, according to 2013 Region One School Districts’ Tax Rate Survey.

The raise in taxes seen by the community is attributed to the high property values. The last raise in the district’s tax rate history was in 2012 and the raise was $0.0855 cents per $100 property valuation.

FIRST

Scores for the last 10 years were provided for the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. Richter said the program assesses the finances of all school districts.

“Seven out of the ten years we have received a perfect score on our financials done by the state,” Richter said.

The superintendent added between 2008-2010 school years, criteria was made very high by the state and no district in Texas met standards for those two years.

For more information on zoning, or to access the State of the District presentation, visit www.sharylandisd.org.