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Pioneer Cattle Pavilion nearing completion

20180829 AgPavilionThe $1.1 million cattle pavilion at Sharyland’s Pioneer High School is expected to be completed within the next few days, more than four months after its projected completion date.

Last December, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees approved a contract to the McAllen-based NM Contracting LLC to expand the cattle pavilion at Pioneer.

Used by students in the Future Farmers of America club, large cattle are housed in the pavilion and campus officials hope to nearly double the pavilion to store an additional 30 head as well as adding a restroom for students and fans to ventilate the area, Sharyland Times reported when the contract was awarded.

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Sharyland welcomes new superintendent

20180817 VidaurriMeetnGreetThe Sharyland community had a chance to meet the new district superintendent at a meet and greet last week.

Held at the Mission Event Center Friday, Aug. 17, district officials and members of the public were given the opportunity to interact with district Superintendent Maria Vidaurri before the start of the new school year.

“I really wanted it to be that they understand that I am here to serve the community, staff and that I am approachable,” Vidaurri said of the event. “I value their input and together as a team, we will make Sharyland succeed in ways it hasn’t before.”

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Sharyland school board discusses ad campaign budget

Sharyland-LogoAt a workshop for the Sharyland School Board of Trustees, board members discussed the possibility of airing television commercials to promote the school district.

Carolyn Mendiola, an official with the district’s public information department, led a presentation to the school board on Sharyland’s advertising campaign for the 2018-2019 school year at the Monday workshop.

During the presentation, Mendiola showed the board a two-minute commercial and a condensed 30-second commercial created by AIM Media Texas, a McAllen-based communication media company. The commercials, which were made for a total of $2,000 according to Mendiola, were part of a proposal to double the budget of the ad department to include the production of and airing of promotional videos on TV and in movie theaters.

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Musica con Beto en McAllen draws Texas Democrats in the RGV

20180818 STMusicaConBetoHoping to sweep the blue wave across Texas, several candidates including Beto O’Rourke spent the last weekend making stops in McAllen, Brownsville and Laredo leading up to November elections.

Filling the historic Cine El Rey theater in McAllen with people from across Hidalgo County, last Saturday’s Musica con Beto event included live music and the opportunity to hear Democratic nominees for key positions in state government speak about their plans if elected.

Along with O’Rourke, who is running for Senator, Democratic candidates present included Kathy Cheng for Texas Supreme Court Place 6, Roman McAllen for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Miguel Suazo for Texas Land Commissioner, Joi Chevalier for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General, Judge Maria T. Jackson for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Mike Collier for Lieutenant Governor and Lupe Valdez for Governor.

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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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