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Sharyland creates safety committee

20160331 MendiolaIn the wake of several deadly school shootings this year, two of which killed a total of 27 people in high schools in Florida and Texas, the Sharyland Independent School District is being proactive in keeping its students and staff safe from the unthinkable.

Last June, the district’s School Safety and Security Committee, comprised of three school board members and several district administrators, started meeting once a month to discuss school safety and security.

“School safety already was a priority, but with the recent school shootings in Texas and Florida, it’s become an issue where we feel the need to discuss it at a more frequent basis,” Carolyn Mendiola, assistant superintendent for student services and community relations said. “We discuss what’s happening at our district and what we can do to make our schools safer and help our students in need of the social and emotional support to prevent them from getting lost or falling through the cracks.”

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Sharyland ISD, Rio Grande City, mourn the loss of one of their own

20180810 ReyMolinaFor Daryella Gutierrez, having Criminal Justice Professor Reynaldo “Rey” Molina III as her instructor was one of the things she was looking forward to the most in her upcoming senior year at Sharyland High School.

Unfortunately, that won’t come true for her and other students after Molina passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 following a motorcycle accident last month in his hometown of Rio Grande City that affected two others.

“Mr. Molina impacted me a lot this past year,” Gutierrez said. “As an adviser for the criminal justice club, he always supported and believed in me, it was very reassuring for me to see someone in criminal justice-a field I want to participate in-be like that with me.”

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Diamondbacks determined to continue winning ways

20190810 PioneerFootballChange is inevitable, but the Pioneer Diamondbacks are out to prove an offseason of moves won’t stop the team’s winning ways.

Tommy Lee, Pioneer’s athletic coordinator and new head coach, was tabbed to lead the program back in January after former head coach Jason Wheeler was reassigned at the conclusion of last season. With head coaching experience at Mission High from 2003 to 2008, followed by years as an assistant at Sharyland High under his belt, Lee said he’s excited to take over a young, talented Pioneer team with high expectations in 2018.

“I’m excited about the opportunity that was presented to me,” Lee said. “I’m excited about the kids we have; we’re going to be a young team, but it’s going to be a fun team to coach. We have high expectations here in Sharyland, we expect big things to happen.”

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Sharyland ISD raises minimum pay for bus drivers

Sharyland-LogoIn an effort to retain their current bus drivers, and recruit new ones, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees approved a $1 increase in the starting pay for their starting bus drivers.

At their Monday school board meeting, trustees approved increasing the starting pay rate for their drivers from $12.81 per hour to $13.82.

“We’re excited our board was able to do this increase,” district Superintendent Maria Vidaurri said Monday. “Our drivers do such a good job and we want to honor them and make sure we’re competitive with our neighboring districts so they stay with us.”

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Sharyland ISD hoping to retain district bus drivers

Sharyland-LogoTwo months after a one percent pay increase for all their employees, the Sharyland school district is looking into another pay increase for their bus drivers.

Members of the district school board of trustees met Monday at a workshop and discussed increasing the starting pay for school bus drivers by one dollar.

According to the district’s Human Resource Director Deborah Garza, the district recently increased the starting pay for their bus drivers from $12.50 to $12.80
per hour.

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New program will reimburse firefighters for border security calls

When federal agents found a corpse floating in the Rio Grande near Los Ebanos on a recent Friday morning, they called local firefighters for help.

The Palmview Fire Department dispatched an ambulance, a boat and six personnel, who spent hours at the scene June 1. They worked with Border Patrol agents to carefully pull the corpse from the Rio Grande.

“It was a pretty long operation,” said Fire Chief Jerry Alaniz.

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