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Looking back: The top 10 stories for the Sharyland Times

Dr-Robert-OConnorWith the start of a new year comes a lot of reflecting on what the previous year has brought to us.

 

For us at the Sharyland Times, 2017 saw a variety of news to bring to you which brings us to this post.

 

Below is a list of the 10 most popular stories we’ve printed this year. All 10 of these stories were selected through a combination of the number of pageviews they’ve received on our site and how they impacted how we covered news this year. Here’s to hoping 2018 brings more excellent coverage from your beloved community newspaper.

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Sharyland school board approves new press box for Richard Thompson Stadium

New-SISD-logoTo avoid further repairs on the press box at Sharyland High School’s Richard Thompson Stadium, the Sharyland school board of trustees has awarded a bid to a Florida-based company to construct a new press box.

 

During its Monday meeting trustees awarded a $251,130 contract to GT Grandstands of Plant City to build the new press box and add 600 bleachers to the stadium.

 

“The press box is as old as the stadium and it’s outdated and in need of major repairs,” the district’s maintenance director, Mark Dougherty, said of the 20-year-old press box. “It’s time for a new one or the alternative is to keep repairing it like we’ve been doing every year. It needs a lot of work with its exterior, new paint job, paneling and roof work.”

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TEA: Sharyland ISD earns postsecondary distinction for 4th consecutive year

New-SISD-logoOnce again the Sharyland Independent School District has been rated among the top school districts in the state by the Texas Education Agency.

 

The district announced last month that only 58 school districts in 2017, including the Sharyland Independent School District, received a “Met Standard” rating for postsecondary readiness out of over 1,200 districts in the state.

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Pioneer HS media club takes top honors at local film race

20171208 Cinesol WinnersIn its fourth year competing Pioneer High School’s media club was awarded the top prize at  a local film festival last month.

 

The competition, in which filmmakers had 36 hours to write, film and edit a five to 10 minute long film, was part of the 24th annual Cinesol Film Festival and screened in McAllen’s Cine El Rey theater, said festival director Henry Serrato.

 

Pioneer High School’s Dream Team Cinematography took home six awards - the most of any film - including the best film award, said the club’s advisor, Charles Brenner, who serves as the school’s theatre director.

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From resilience to opportunity: SHS grad among Forbes’ 30 under 30

20171201 AlbertoAltamiranoWhen he was a senior at Sharyland High School, Alberto Altamirano’s father was deported.

 

“It was during my final semester of school and I found out his visa was being revoked and he could no longer spend time in the country,” Altamirano recalled. “He said I should still believe in the American dream and in myself, because that was the only way to embrace life, learn from its ups and downs, and move forward. That was a turning point for me where I knew I had to focus on what I wanted to do and leave the days as a young, irresponsible kid if I was to contribute to the household.”

 

A decade later, Altamirano, 28, has used his father’s words as his main motivation to get involved in politics and community engagement. From those interests, Altamirano co-founded Cityflag, a tech startup that has developed a mobile application that can be used by residents as a 311 service to report problems such as potholes, graffiti and broken streetlights to their local government.

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SISD’s Superintendent O’Connor announces resignation

Dr-Robert-OConnorNext August the Sharyland Independent School District will begin the school year without its current superintendent or human resources director.

 

At the Nov. 27 SISD Board of Trustees meeting, citing health reasons Superintendent Robert O’Connor announced he is resigning from his position before the start of the next school year.

 

The board also approved the resignation of Rosa O’Donnell, the district’s human resources director, effective at the end of the school year.

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