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Sharyland Water Supply Corporation sends out notice on water contaminant

sharyland water supply corp logoThe Sharyland Water Supply Corporation was following protocol when they sent out a notice last month warning customers of a contamination level for chlorite in the water.

The letter, dated March 22, advises customers that an amount of chlorite-a chemical used to clean water- was found in the drinking water of the Sharyland WSC that exceeded the regular contaminant level.

“Some infants and young children who drink water containing chlorite in excess of the MCL could experience nervous system effects,” the letter states. “Similar effects may occur in fetuses of pregnant women who drink water containing chlorite in excess of the MCL. Some people may experience anemia.”

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McAllen Memorial High School celebrates student expression

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Librarians Lupita Nava and Tracy Frey have been trying to make A Starry, Starry Night happen for a long time.

Last Thursday evening the Vicki Stroud Library at McAllen Memorial High School, in collaboration with Communities in Schools and the McAllen Independent School District Parental Involvement Program, celebrated student art, music and poetry by showcasing their work for parents throughout the campus. With the library decorated and lit in deep blues and yellows as their centerpoint, parents and students alike gathered for A Starry, Starry Night, a poetry slam and open mic night.

At the same time, the McAllen Memorial mariachi, jazz band and orchestra serenaded attendees as they made their way through the halls, observing the paintings, sketches and sculptures from everyday students on display.

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Sharyland student diagnosed with rubella

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UPDATE: Monday, April 8, 2019.
In a statement released Sunday evening, the Sharyland school district retracted their statement of a student diagnosed with rubella and clarified the initial diagnosis was a suspected case and that the unidentified student did not have the infection.

“Sharyland ISD has been working with the Hidalgo County Health Department on a reported case of rubella at one of our elementary schools, a statement from the district states. “They have clarified through their investigation that the initial information we received was a suspected case and blood tests received today have confirmed it was not rubella.”

A spokesperson with the district said the initial letter to parents that was sent out last week was sent out as a precaution.

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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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