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Mission CISD Board of Trustees approves contract for new superintendent

20130719 Ricardo-Lopez-headshotThe Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) Board of Trustees has approved a contract with Ricardo Lopez to serve as the district’s new superintendent. Lopez was approved as the lone finalist for the position in July. He will officially begin his duties, on site, on August 12.

“I am very excited to make the move to Mission and to begin the process of becoming an active part of the community,” said Ricardo Lopez. “I have already begun the process of getting to know the district and its programs. This process will continue once I arrive. The big goal is to work with the board of trustees, our instructional leaders and the community to continue to move Mission CISD forward; with students being put in the forefront of anything the district does.”

Lopez, has 18 years of experience in the field of education, starting off as a classroom teacher and leading to his most recent position as an area associate superintendent for Ysleta ISD in El Paso. As an area associate superintendent, Lopez has been in charge of 25 schools serving 17,000 students in grades PK-12. Lopez said he has handled the same responsibilities as a regular superintendent. This includes: construction, instruction, finance, and operational aspects of elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.

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Home invasion victim arrested

Mission-PDMISSION — A home invasion victim was arrested last week for allegedly hiding a kilogram of cocaine, said local authorities.

Video surveillance from the home invasion showing five men breaking into the home two weeks ago also revealed Marvin Douglas, 32, handing his wife a brick of something white, said Mission Police spokesperson Cpl. Manuel Casas. The wife left the house with the item and returned before they called the cops.

Douglas was arraigned Wednesday and charged with a felony drug possession for the kilogram of cocaine. His bond was set at $550,000.

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Mission CISD tour educates new teachers on student home life

20130805 MCISD-New-teacher-district-tour AF  0023MISSION—Early Monday morning, new teachers to the Mission Consolidated Independent School District toured the Mission and Alton area by bus as part of their New Teacher Orientation Training.

The two-week training program covers everything from district curriculum for secondary and elementary levels to gifted and talented training and classroom management. For the first time, a district bus tour was offered to teachers in the hopes of building a foundation for a stronger teacher-student relationship.

One of the hosts of the training session was Executive Director for Secondary Education Maria Del Carmen Garcia who explained to teachers the theme for 2013-2014 was relationships to create success. She added if the teachers were able to see where their students come from, they could understand how to relate with their classroom.

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La Joya ISD approves services for Community Safe Shelter

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA – A $2.4 million project that La Joya Independent School District approved late last year, is finally going to the next phase. The school district approved engineering, material and civil services and an architect last week so construction of the building could proceed.

La Joya ISD partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after being awarded funds to build a community safe room in December 2012.

The project cost is paid mostly by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. La Joya ISD will be paying 25 percent of the cost.

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Houston Astros begin a new era

20130723 Baseball Astros vs Athletics lg-32 featureA new era has begun in Houston. After 51 years in the National League, the Houston Astros have made the jump to the American League (A.L.). More specifically, the A.L. Western Division, which includes the Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Angels, the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics (A’s).

While the inter-league move means a new start for a major league baseball franchise that has yet to win a World Series, the Astros have not exactly taken the American League by storm thus far this season. After last week’s series against the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston is firmly entrenched in the A.L. West Division’s cellar with a 35-69 record, 26.5 games behind the division leading A’s and 13.5 games behind fourth place Los Angeles with 55 games left to play.

Nevertheless, the young and eager-to-impress Astros players are providing their fans plenty of entertainment for the dollar and a sneak peak at what lies ahead for a franchise whose front office has made it no secret that they’re sacrificing the present in order to build for the future.  

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Mission plans annual National Night Out event

20130802 Mission Night OutMISSION – Mission Police Department and Mission Crime Stoppers will host their 18th Annual National Night Out on August 6. The event will be held at Leo Pena La Placita Park, across from H-E-B on Conway at Bus. 83, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This year is the 30th anniversary of National Night Out events across the United States.

The event will feature food, entertainment and information from local non-profit organizations such as Women Ministries, Food Bank RGV, Mission Food Pantry and Mujeres Unidas/Women Together. Mission Crime Stoppers and MPD’s victim assistance representatives will also be at the event. The police department and Crime Stoppers will be handing out free school supplies to the children.

Other area police departments will also sponsor and participate in the event, including Palmview, Peñitas, Sullivan City, La Joya, La Joya Indepdent School District, Alton and Palmhurst. Other participants include the Department of Public Safety, Border Patrol, FBI, Mission CISD, Sharyland ISD, Mission Fire Department, CASA, American Cancer Society and many more.

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Two arrested in connection with home invasion

20130802 MPD ArraignmentMISSION – Two men have been arraigned in connection with a home invasion that occurred on Monday, July 22. Officials are still looking for three more suspects.

Last week, during a home invasion on Mayberry Road, four men barged into a house, one of them brandishing a shotgun, yelling, “police” and asking for drugs and money.

Through tips received, police were able to track down the vehicle seen at the home. The first suspect was arrested shortly after finding the vehicle last week and was arraigned last Friday.

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La Joya ISD holds public hearing to discuss budget

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA – La Joya Independent School District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss their proposed budget and tax rate. The meeting will be held at Central Administration at the Nellie Schunior Staff Development Center, 200 W. Expwy. 83.

The board will discuss budget proposals including a district natatorium and salary increases.

The proposed natatorium would be 37,500 square feet and include three separate bodies of water with an eight-lane competition pool, a competition diving well with two one-meter diving boards, and a shallow learn to swim pool. Plans also include a location for a future three-meter diving platform. The building would also include a spectator area, offices, classroom, student locker and changing areas, storage areas, weight room, training room, first aid room and public restrooms. The district is looking at bidding out on the project in August 2014. Preliminary estimates put the anticipated project cost at about $9.5 million. The construction schedule would take 12 to 14 months after school board approval and awarding of the bid.

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