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Pioneer seniors participate in legacy walks

20180530 PioneerLegacyWalkWearing their cap and gowns, Sharyland Pioneer High School seniors returned to their elementary and middle schools Wednesday to inspire the next generation of high school students.

These students participated in Sharyland’s Legacy Walk, a district-wide event where graduating seniors from both district high schools returned to the schools where their journey first began.

For students at Pioneer, the event culminated with a presentation to the seventh graders during an assembly followed by a walk through the halls of the eighth grade classrooms where they had a chance to greet the students and teachers they knew.

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Sharyland Richard Thompson Stadium to receive new scoreboard

Sharyland-LogoDespite having a “tight” budget that forced the Sharyland school board of trustees to only give a one percent pay increase to teachers-half of what they’ve received in the last three years-Sharyland trustees approved the purchase of an $800,000 LED scoreboard to replace the one at Sharyland High School’s Richard Thompson Stadium.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, officials stressed the need for a new scoreboard and said the district is only committed to a fraction of the $800,000.

“The existing scoreboard has been here for more than 10 years and they don’t make parts for it anymore,” exiting district Superintendent Robert O’Connor said Tuesday.
“There’s no option besides going out for another scoreboard and the board made the right choice in waiting until we had sponsors to pay for it.”

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Pioneer, Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy graduating first senior cohort

Sharyland-LogoAfter opening four years ago, Sharyland’s Pioneer High School and Advanced Academic Academy will graduate its first set of seniors next month.

These students are the first full four-year graduating class, meaning they’ve spent all their four years at their respective schools. In total, both schools will graduate around 460 students.

“It really hit me at last year’s graduation ceremony that this next class has students who have been with us since the beginning,” Pioneer High School Principal James D. Heath said. “All they’ve known is they’ve been Diamondbacks these last four years.”

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Sharyland Water Supply celebrates 50th anniversary

When it first opened in 1968, the Sharyland Water Supply Corporation served 700 customers in northwestern Hidalgo County.

Now, 50 years later, the water company has three water plants with the ability to produce a total of 22 million gallons of water per day spread out in their service area that covers 18,000 customers in Alton, Palmhurst, a portion of McAllen and northwestern Hidalgo County.

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Sharyland school board restructures

20180516 SISDBoardThe Sharyland School Board of Trustees has a new president after the board reorganized their officers following the May 5 school board election.

At a special called meeting Wednesday, school board trustees Melissa Smith and Jose “Pepe” Garcia were promoted as board president and vice president, respectively.

Smith ran unopposed in the May 5 election while Garcia beat his opponent, Oton “Tony” Guerrero, with nearly 66 percent of the vote. Julio Cerda served as the board president in the current school year while Smith served as its vice president.

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Sharyland ISD to hold Baccalaureate ceremony next week

Mike-PatinSISD will be holding their 4th Annual Baccalaureate ceremony next Thursday, May 17 at Sharyland Pioneer High School at 7 p.m.

The ceremony, a one-hour religious service to honor the graduating class, has been done in the district since 1995. Then, the seniors of Sharyland High School have been celebrating the Baccalaureate ceremony with seniors from Mission Independent School District. Due to the growth in both school districts over the past 20 years, Sharyland and Pioneer High School started holding their own Baccalaureate ceremony.

This year’s speaker will be Mike Patin, a public speaker who spoke at the district’s first Baccalaureate ceremony in 2015. Patin uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God’s goodness and presence among us while inviting others, and himself, to take the “next step” in the journey with God.

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