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MCISD approves superintendent finalist

20130719 Ricardo-Lopez-headshotMISSION—After months conducting a search for a new superintendent of schools, Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a lone finalist at a special meeting Tuesday in a 4-3 split vote.

Finalist Ricardo Lopez started his career in education in 1995 as a history teacher at Ranchland Hills Middle School with Ysleta ISD, in the El Paso area. He climbed the ranks to become assistant principal and principal of three different high schools within the district.

Currently, Lopez serves as one of three area associate superintendents, for Ysleta School District. He supervises 25 schools and the 17,000 students that attend them.

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Palmview man sentenced after crashing checkpoint

doj logoCORPUS CHRISTI— United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on July 11, Nelson Alanis-Alanis, 29, of Palmview, has been sentenced following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute approximately 96 kilograms of marijuana. Alanis-Alanis pleaded guilty on April 19, 2013.

Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head handed Ramirez a sentence of 135 months in federal prison to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release on July 11, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas.

At the hearing, Judge Head heard testimony from Border Patrol agents that Alanis-Alanis drove a 2004 Freightliner tractor-trailer into the Falfurrias U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on March 12, 2013.

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Mission CISD earns state’s highest fiscal accountability rating

MCISDlogoMission Consolidated Independent School District has received preliminary ratings information under the Texas’ Schools Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) financial accountability rating system.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will announce official ratings in early August.

According to the preliminary release, MCISD has earned a rating of “Superior Achievement”. The rating is the highest, demonstrating the quality of MCISD’s financial management and reporting system. The district has received the Superior Achievement rating every year since the rating system was introduced ten years agoThe Schools FIRST was developed by the TEA in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.

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Mission Historical Museum will hold ribbon cutting

20130712 MHM MissionHistoricalMuseum-LandscapeProjectCompletedMISSION—Mission Historical Museum will hold a ribbon cutting for its completed landscape project on July 19, at 9 a.m. The community is invited to the event at the museum located at 900 Doherty Avenue.

“We are excited to present our latest accomplishment to the community and those who helped bring this project to fruition,” said Luis Contreras, museum director.  “The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mission Historical Museum marks the launch toward a new identity for the museum.”

Construction on the $250,000 landscape project started in late February. The first phase of the project covered demolition, fencing around the museum and hardscape work.

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Shary Road improvements to begin soon

City-of-Mission-logoMISSION—A number of major road construction projects are currently underway or in the pipeline in the Mission area. While work on the Anzalduas Highway is rapidly nearing completion, construction of other projects is expected to begin in the near future. One of these projects is designed to provide relief for the most congested intersection in Hidalgo County – Shary Road and Expressway 83.

A $592,000 Traffic Operational Improvement Project for Shary Road, completely funded by the Texas Department of Transportation, is scheduled to go up for bids in August according to Mission Interim City Manager Martin Garza.

“The project is going to assist in traffic control, and it is a combination of (installing raised) medians on Shary between Colorado (Street) and Victoria (Street),” Garza said. “We believe this…will reduce the amount of accidents that we’ve had in that intersection.”

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Sharyland students get hands on education

20130708 SharyNorthJrHigh GTAcademy CAB 0007 featureSharyland Independent School District students investigated a mock crime scene during a Summer Gifted Academy this week for students in the gifted and talented programs at their schools. Students also learned about aerodynamics, architecture and experimented with bubbles. The purpose of the camp was to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Gail Roman, a teacher that designed the program this year, said it was little difficult and different, letting the students loose a bit and letting them make a bit of a mess on Tuesday when her students played with bubbles.

In previous years, the district had people from out of the district come in and direct the program. This year, she coordinated the program, receiving help from a couple of other teachers. She said it was more like what she was to from when she taught in Ohio.

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Three arrested after drive-by shooting

Mission-PDMISSION — Three people were arraigned Tuesday after allegedly taking part in a drive-by shooting Sunday morning. Authorities said the shooting was in response to a home invasion that occurred Saturday evening that the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Mission Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez said a home invasion occurred at the home of Robert Anthony Cantu, one of the individuals arrested. In response, Cantu and two others participated in a drive-by shooting at a home believed to be occupied by a person that Cantu thought to have been responsible for the home invasion, said Dominguez. A family was currently living at the residence was not home at the time of the shooting.

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VMHS band introduces drum majors for next year

20130705 VMHS-drum-majorsVeterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Patriot Band has introduced its drum majors for the 2013-14 school year.

Benjamin Garcia is an oboist, who would like to become a clinical and anatomical pathologist. He also aspires to play the oboe professionally in a world-renowned symphony or quintet. Garcia is also an active member of the VMHS Health Occupations Students of America.

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