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Sharyland offering free after school care at select elementary schools

Sharyland-LogoNext month, the number of campuses at Sharyland ISD offering after school daycare will double.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, Olivero Garza Sr. Elementary School will stop accepting payments for their after school daycare program offered to its 640 students.

Instead, the campus will begin offering an “accelerated learning” program.

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Sharyland ISD to honor AP scholars

20190826 SISDScholarsWith 176 students out of 857 successfully being named AP scholars in the previous school year, the Sharyland Independent School District is recognizing these individuals for their achievements.

During their previous school board meeting, Sharyland trustees congratulated 176 students from all three of their high schools. According to Jennifer Martinez, district director of assessment and advanced academics, this is the highest number of Sharyland students recognized as AP scholars in the last five years.

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables students to pursue college-level courses while still in high school for college credit, according to Collegeboard, the non-profit organization that provides AP programs.

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Sharyland ISD approves lower tax rate

Sharyland-LogoIn a move similar to what school districts across the state of Texas are doing, the Sharyland school board of trustees voted unanimously in lowering the tax rate.

During Monday’s school board meeting, Ismael Gonzalez-assistant superintendent for business & finance-presented to the board the new proposed tax rate of $1.29.

This is eight cents lower than the current tax rate which was approved in 2016. The tax rate was increased from $1.33 to $1.37 for more capital improvement projects.

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Sharyland approves $115M budget, pay increases for all staff

Sharyland-LogoNearly one week since Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation to reform school finance, increase teacher pay and provide property tax relief, the Sharyland school district took advantage of that new legislation to reward their teachers.

During Monday’s school board meeting, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees approved a new compensation plan that saw pay increases for staff members across the district.

“House Bill 3 signed by the governor required districts to utilize 30 percent of the gain in foundation school programs to give compensation packages to all employees,” Ismael Gonzalez, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and finance explained. We went above that to ensure we are rewarding teachers and staff for all the hard work they do at Sharyland.”

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Sharyland district schools named 2018 – 2019 Honor Roll and One of Six districts in Texas named Honor Roll District by Educational Results Partnership

Sharyland-LogoSharyland ISD has been named to the 2018 - 2019 Honor Roll for its high achievement in student success.

The program, presented by Educational Results Partnership, is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.

Sharyland ISD is one of 6 public school districts in Texas to be recognized and one of only 3 to have received the honor all four years since the inception of the award for Texas in 2015-2016.

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Texas Tribune holds McAllen screening of border documentary

20190610 BorderHustleScreeningSTWhen Texas Tribune Investigative Reporter Jay Root interviewed a Honduran man named Carlos at an immigrant detention facility last summer, Root found a much bigger story to tell.

Root was covering the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy that reportedly saw more than 3,000 children be forcibly separated from their parents and placed into shelters or foster care-while their parents were prosecuted for entering the country illegally.

Though the administration initially reported 3,000 children were separated from their families, a January 2019 article from the New York Times reports that the actual number is unknown due to a lack of a coordinated tracking system between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security.

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