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MCISD approves salary raises for all staff

MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees last week approved five out of the seven recommendations made by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for staff pay raises. Mario Solis, the assistant superintendent for human resources and student services, explained he would like to hold two items for further scrutiny.

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MCISD names interim superintendent

MCISDlogoMISSION—At an early morning special meeting held by the Mission Consolidated Independent School Board on Tuesday, the board approved an interim superintendent. Current MCISD Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez is leaving to take the post as executive director of Region One Education Service Center.

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City of Palmhurst, Mission discuss Taylor Road expansion

City-of-Palmhurst-LogoPALMHURST—The City of Palmhurst discussed the widening of Taylor Road as part of a construction project spearheaded by the City of Mission. Palmhurst City Manager Lori A. Lopez explained the city had received a letter from Mission Mayor Norberto "Beto" Salinas on Tuesday.

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MCISD Board President refuses to sign ERO contract

MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board held a special meeting on June 4 discussing the status of the long-delayed contract for the Mission High School Phase III renovation project with ERO Architects.

Over the last few months there have been ongoing discussions over the status of the contract between the district and ERO.

In March, the board decided to not enter negotiations over the high school project due to a payment for a baseline study of just over $634,000, which, according to Board President Dr. Sonia M. Treviño, was not approved by the board.

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Mission Schools to spend $1.8M on Google Chromebooks, wireless upgrades

20130614 Samsung ChromebookMISSION—With a vision to provide all Mission CISD ninth graders and K.White Jr. High sixth graders a Google Chromebook, the school board recently approved the 1 to 1 Technology Pilot Project. The Chromebooks will provide students access to digital textbooks, and can be used for note taking and completing assignments.

The total cost of the shift to Chromebooks is estimated at just over $1.8 million, including the devices and the technology upgrades needed to provide wireless access at the three campuses affected.

The Google Chromebook is a new device based off of the Google’s “cloud” operating system, which allows students to access documents anywhere at any time, according to Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations Lucio Mendoza.

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Texas A&M Agrilife tackles water conservation

20130610 Agrilife-water-irrigation-Enciso AF  9050MISSION—Since the early 1900s, farmers have always had an abundance of cheap water, according to Rod Santa Ana, communication specialist for the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. Since that time, flood irrigation has always been commonplace, but at the same time very wasteful, he said.

In times of drought, water shortages present problems for farmers and their crops. Texas A&M Agrilife has worked with farmers for years, providing research and better methods for delivering life-giving water to sun-baked fields in South Texas.

Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension are both housed in Weslaco but handle two separate jobs. While research studies agriculture, extension disseminates that research information to the public.

With the current drought conditions in the Rio Grande Valley, not only are residents in municipalities affected, but farmers and their crops are threatened as well. Santa Ana said this year farmers would see the smallest crop of cotton in years.

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Lions get down and dirty for charity

20130608 Mud Volleyball Tourney lg-06 featureThe Mission Lions Club held its First Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday, June 8 in Alton. With hundreds of players falling, jumping and diving into the slippery, sloppy mud throughout the day, there were plenty of smiles and laughs from participants and spectators alike as over 40 teams of six to 10 players each took to the mud and competed in the first event of its kind ever held in the Rio Grande Valley.

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MPD coordinates search efforts for missing man

20130613 MPD Search MissingPerson CAB 0008 featureMISSION, June 13, 2013 – “Our search efforts continue,” said Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez as a multi-agency command center was setting up at 2 Mile and Los Ebanos Roads today to coordinate search efforts for missing 70-year-old Modesto de la Rosa.

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