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Sharyland ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

20180304 Vidaurri-3After months of searching, the Sharyland Independent School District named a lone finalist for the position of district superintendent.

At a special called meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously approved naming Maria Vidaurri, superintendent at Robstown Independent School District, as the lone finalist to replace current district Superintendent Robert O’Connor.

“It’s a great decision by the school board, they really went through all the applicants in search for someone who would be a great fit for the district and move it forward,” O’Connor said Wednesday. “Vidaurri has worked for the district in the past and she brings stability and maturity you see from someone who has been a superintendent for five years.”

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‘Not one more’ Local residents participate in national movement calling for gun reform

20180324 MarchRally 0071Over one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida, millions of people around the world took to the streets Saturday in honor of those victims, and residents here in the Valley participated.

Organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day, the “March for Our Lives” rally showcased teens calling on Congress to enact stricter gun-control laws.

As many publications have pointed out, reactions to the Parkland shooting is different from previous school shootings due to many of the survivors of the shooting speaking out on social media on the lack of any gun-control reform following two decades of school shootings.

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Pioneer High School discusses effects of bullying

20180327 BulyArt 0015When he was 14 years old, a Sharyland Pioneer High School student was shocked to hear of the Orlando Pulse shooting, where a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub and killed nearly 50 people and injured 58 others two year ago.

 

For the student, who will be called Roger to protect his identity, the reaction he saw of the shooting from a friend was almost as horrifying.

 

“She publicly posted on Facebook how she didn’t see the shooting as a tragedy because all the victims were gay people,” Roger said of the post, which he said came from a friend of his mother who attends the same church he and his family go to. “It felt very insensitive and it hurt to see someone proudly proclaiming that the lives of gay people don’t matter, especially coming from an adult I know and respect.”

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Sharyland rezoning two elementary schools

Sharyland-LogoTo combat a projected decrease in enrollment at one of their elementary campuses, the Sharyland Independent School District will rezone the area between two elementary schools.

During their Monday meeting, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees unanimously approved a rezoning between Jessie L. Jensen Elementary School and John H. Shary Elementary School that will send a total of 88 students from Jensen to Shary Elementary in the next school year.

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Sharyland chess teams advancing to nationals

Sharyland-LogoWithin the next few weeks, chess players from six Sharyland campuses will be competing at the national level.

Ivan Karr, chess coordinator for the Sharyland school district, announced that chess players from Pioneer and Sharyland High School, B.L. Gray and Sharyland North Junior High School and John H. Shary and Wernecke Elementary Schools qualified for the national competition after placing in the top two spots in their respective divisions at the State Chess Tournament that was held at Edinburg North earlier this month.

According to Karr, at least 60 students will be competing at the national level. The elementary students will be competing in Nashville, TN from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13. Middle school students will be competing at Atlanta, GA from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8. High school students will compete in Columbus, OH from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.

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Oton Guerrero puts hat in ring for SISD Place 4

otonGuerreroOton J. “Tony” Guerrero has sent out his formal announcement and thrown his hat in the ring for the Sharyland Independent School District Place 4 position.

In the announcement sent to the Progress Times, Guerrero stated he has lived in the Mission/Sharyland area for over 37 years, graduating from Mission High School and then attended Pan American University. He graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.

He is married to Zelda Guerrero. They have two daughters, Dr. Judith Marie Guerrero of San Antonio and Emily Nicole Guerrero, a junior at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

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