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Regional Teacher of the Year goes to MCISD

20140822 MCISD-3-Peat-Regional-Teacher-of-the-Year featureHumble beginnings have helped educator Jesus Razo, 38, strive for excellence. That excellence is now being recognized.

Region One Education Service Center has named Razo, a math teacher at Mission Jr. High School, as Regional Secondary Teacher of the year. It’s the third year in a row Region One has selected a teacher from Mission CISD. This is also the fourth time in five years a teacher has been selected from the district.

Ada Castillo, principal at Mission Jr. High, is honored to have Razo as an educator at her school.


Businesses win through Ruby Red Ventures

20140819 MISSION Ruby-Red-Ventures 2989Parking will expand at Jitterz Coffee Bar after owners received a $10,000 grant through Mission’s Ruby Red Venture program.

It was one of five grants adding up to $50,000 announced by the Mission Economic Development Corporation at Tuesday’s meeting. Through the program, the corporation hands out up to $100,000 annually in two rounds to encourage entrepreneurial ventures.

Since the program started, the city has handed out $182,000 to local business owners. In this round, grants went both to new entrepreneurs as well as established businesses in Mission.


Mission School Board reorganized

20140822 Patricia-OCana-OlivarezAfter accepting the resignation of school board President Sonia Trevino last Wednesday, the Mission CISD board of trustees elected new board officers. Patricia O’cana-Olivarez was named board president, Patty Bazaldua, vice president, and J.C. Avila, secretary.

In addition, Veronica Rodriguez-Mendoza was appointed to fill the board vacancy created by Trevino’s resignation. Mendoza was immediately sworn in and took her place on the board.

Trevino stepped down from the board so her sister, Leticia Ybarra, could be hired by the district in a newly-created position as Coordinator for Physical Education and Health. Following the reorganization of the board, Ybarra was approved for the new position in a 7-0 vote.


City works to balance business, beautification

City-of-Mission-logoA move to allow more signs along the Mission highway was met with protest from local government watchdog Virginia Townsend at a recent city workshop.

As Planning Director Daniel Tijerina went over proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance, which would allow more billboards along U.S. 83, Townsend tapped him on the shoulder and asked if she could speak.

“How does having more signs enhance our community? What is good about having more? What is pretty about it? Why do we want to make it less stringent than what we have?” Townsend asked. “I certainly don’t think there’s anything great about allowing more signs.”


Bryan Elementary student drop-off changes to improve traffic safety

20140822 MCISDL Bryan-Drop-off-changes-2014Parents of Bryan Elementary School students are being alerted to changes in the traffic patterns for students at the school beginning this year. The change is occurring because of the increased traffic along Bryan Road due to the construction of the new WalMart neighborhood grocery store on the property just south of the school.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 25, access to Bryan Elementary School and Elm Street from Bryan Road will be limited during school drop off and pick up times. Elm Street will be closed at Bryan Road from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 4:30 p.m. each school day. All access to the school during these times will be made by approaching the school on Elm Street from the east coming from Stewart Rd. and then exiting back on Elm Street in the same direction towards Stewart.

The decision to make these changes was made during a meeting between Mission Consolidated Independent School District administration and the Mission Police Department.


MRMC to celebrate 60th anniversary

20140815 Mission-Municipal-Hospital 0367 featureMission Regional Medical Center celebrates its 60th anniversary Aug. 15.

In six decades, the organization has evolved from a small community hospital with only 40 beds to a large medical facility with 297 beds and the latest technology that medicine has to offer. The anniversary will be celebrated with the unveiling of the hospital’s new Journey Wall to be placed across from admissions in the lobby of the medical center.

In 1954, Mission was a small town with leaders that recognized the need for a community hospital that could provide extended medical care for its citizens. The Mission City Council led the journey to open a hospital to serve the needs of Mission’s citizens along with neighboring communities to the west, extending into Starr County. Members of the council at that time were Logan Duncan, mayor; commissioners A.J.W. Armstrong, Ramon L de la Garza, M.W. Held, Joaquin Martinez; secretary V.D. Anderson.


MCISD Board president resigns

20140813 MCISD Board-Meeting JB 4310Mission School Board President Sonia Treviño resigned from the board Wednesday night after serving nearly seven years. She was just three months into her term as president of the board.

In an interview just after she announced her resignation, Treviño said she decided to step down because her sister had applied for an administrative position with the school district.

“A family member has an opportunity to put her name in the hat, and family comes first with me. I’d like for her to have the opportunity without me being influential in any way, shape or form to the process,” she said. “That’s what I would expect of any board member, because there’s going to be the perception that she’s going to get it because her sister is there (on the board).”


City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

20140815 MISSION Sanitation-trucksMission city leaders believe taking over residential trash service will mean the end of broken garbage cans, skipped pick ups and cans thrown in the middle of the street.

The city is set to take over trash service Sept. 8, but sanitation trucks already are hitting the streets as Mission prepares to take over residential trash pick up from BFI Services.

Other than better service, City Manager Martin Garza said residents shouldn’t expect much to change. The city plans to mirror the routes BFI already has mapped out each week.


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