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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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Sharyland ISD bids farewell to district retirees

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*Note: The following story has been amended to correct the name of Frank Perez. We apologize for the error*

After years of working with the district, a total of 23 staff members from the Sharyland school district-ranging from custodians, teachers and even its district superintendent-will be leaving the district at the end of the school year.

These 23 individuals were recognized by the district at its 3rd Annual Teachers of the Year and Retirees Luncheon-held Thursday, May 3 at Balli’s Social Event Center.

The luncheon recognized all the retirees as well as the teacher of the year from each of the district’s 13 campuses. Each of these teachers received a $500 check from the Sharyland Education Foundation and from there, the foundation will select the elementary and high school teacher of the year at the next school board meeting scheduled for May 29. Both of those teachers will receive a check for an additional $250.

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Sharyland school board incumbents retain their seats

20180505 SISDBoardWith nearly 66 percent of the votes, Sharyland School Board Trustee Jose “Pepe” Garcia secured a second term on the school board Saturday.

Garcia, a principal at the La Joya Independent School District, received 975 votes, handily beating his opponent Oton “Tony” Guerrero who received 505 votes.

Current school board member Melissa Smith ran unopposed and also secured another term on the school board.

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