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Police arrest former Sharyland ISD custodian accused of soliciting students for sex

Manuel Martinez HCSO Booking Photo Front 040219 via OdysseyInvestigators arrested a former custodian at Sharyland North Junior High last week after students said he offered to pay them for oral sex.

Two boys said that custodian Manuel Martinez, 56, of McAllen touched them inappropriately and offered to pay them for oral sex, according to court records. A third boy witnessed the incidents.

Investigators assigned the boys pseudonyms — Carlos, Austin and Roy — to keep them anonymous. The boys confronted Martinez on March 5, minutes after he touched Carlos in the cafeteria.

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Sharyland ISD in support of HB 3

New-SISD-logoA local school district has become the first in the Valley to complete a resolution that supports a house bill that requests $9 billion in additional funding to Texas public schools.

On Monday, the Sharyland Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of House Bill 3 which is being discussed in the current Texas legislative session.

The bill, which was introduced earlier this month by Houston Representative Dan Huberty, would increase the amount of money school districts receive per student from $5,100 to $6,030, raise the minimum salary for teachers and let school districts dip into a $140 million fund for teacher recruitment and retention.

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Mission holds groundbreaking ceremony for Bannworth Gym expansion project

20190322 BannworthGroundbreakingSTKids in the Sharyland area will be getting an updated gym that includes classrooms after the expansion project is complete.

Last Friday morning, the city of Mission held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Boys & Girls Club gym at Bannworth Park. The project was approved by city council in order to better serve the growing population of children participating at the Mission Boys & Girls Club.

“We’re extremely excited with everything going on,” Juan Arevalo, the Boys & Girls Club of Mission Director, said. “We have four gyms, we’re servicing four different after-school sites, we have the educational enrichment programs.”

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Local author recognized by New York book club

20190315 FrankBrewsterSTA local author whose books promotes bilingualism has been recognized by the New York Latina Book Club-again.

Frank Brewster III, Mission native and the owner of Brewster’s Guacamaya Enterprises, had his poetry book “Del Corazon” ranked as one of the 50 best books of 2018 in their 6th annual best of the year list.

The book club seeks to promote Latino authors and literacy by reading at least one Latino book a month so that readers can embrace their Hispanic heritage, according to its website.

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Sharyland Pioneer High School holds Courts in Schools program

20190222 CourtsinSchoolSTDesirae Lynn Vasquez had no idea that spending the night at a friend’s place would result in her arrest.

Vasquez, 18, was at a party with classmates last April and decided to spend the night there, she said. However, police arrived to the party in response to a noise complaint leading to the arrest of Vasquez and other individuals after police found cocaine at the scene.

“It was terrible, I went to bed thinking I’d wake up in that bed but instead I spent three days in jail,” Vasquez said. “I was the only person my age there, and I was terrified I’d be in jail for years.”

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Sharyland ISD, City of Alton cancel elections

Sharyland-LogoDue to a lack of opposing candidates, the Sharyland school district and city of Alton cancelled their upcoming May 4 election.

The Sharyland school board of trustees cancelled their election during their Monday meeting. As previously reported, Trustee Noel O. Garza declined to file to run for re-election after 12 years on the school board.

“I thought it was a good time to get off while the district was at its peak,” Garza said. “This board has had multiple successes throughout the years and I am confident the board and superintendent will continue to do great things.”

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