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SISD, LJISD miss mark for AYP scores

MISSION – School districts recently received their preliminary 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress scores. With higher standards this year, fewer schools and districts met requirements. Sharyland and La Joya Independent School Districts struggled this year with both districts missing their AYP in reading. LJISD also missed their AYP in math.

To meet AYP standards this year, school districts were to have 87 percent or more of their students passing the state reading test, 83 percent in math, and have either a 75 percent graduation rate or 90 percent attendance rate. According to the Texas Education Agency, only 28 percent of Texas school districts met these new standards.

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MCISD poised to miss AYP targets

Raw Adequate Yearly Progress testing data is beginning to paint a tough picture for Mission Consolidated Independent School District as 14 schools will not meet testing targets, and the district — overall — will miss targets in reading and math for all students. The final results are released by the Texas Education Agency in November or December.

“As the raw testing data began to come in, it helped us begin to identify the areas of need even though we won’t know until the spring where we stand regarding state accountability standards,” said MCISD Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez in a press release. “We have been spending the summer tweaking improvement plans for our schools and the district, as well as fine tuning our curriculum implementation.”

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Mission approves controversial permit

MISSION — A conditional use permit to allow the construction of an events center along East Griffin Parkway was approved by Mission city leaders this week despite opposition from business owners in the area.

Aaron Balli, who owns and operates Balli's Social & Event Center at 1620 E. Griffin Parkway, submitted a permit request to construct a new building for a nearby dance hall on portions of two lots in the same commercial subdivision. The proposed building would also take in a smaller lot shown on plats as a 12-foot wide “common area,” which is situated between two lots that Balli now owns. The common area apparently was designated for a possible future sidewalk when the subdivision was originally platted. However, Balli said he now owns that lot, along with the two lots adjacent to it where he plans to construct his building. The proposed building would be over 7,000 square feet, plus a second floor.

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Proposed road dissects future Sharyland high school

MCALLEN — After more than an hour of executive session Tuesday, Aug. 7, McAllen city commissioners adjourned with their sleeves rolled up and without a decision.

The meeting was held to consult with the city attorney regarding legal aspects of the transportation plan and discussion of the economic development project “Echo.”

The agenda listed a possible action item relating to setting a public hearing regarding 6 ½ Mile Road, which as it stands cuts directly through the proposed site for a new Sharyland high school.

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John Calvillo Named Pharmacist of the Year

20120810 john calvilloJohn P. CalvilloThe Texas Pharmacy Association named Mission’s John P. Calvillo, owner of Med-Aid Pharmacy, as Pharmacist of the Year.

According to the association, Calvillo possesses a record of unquestionable integrity, outstanding service to the local or state association and a personal record of exemplary service to the pharmacy community.

“As part of our process, TPA asks for nominations from the field for each of our ten awards,” said Texas Pharmacy Association Chief Executive Officer Joe A. DaSilva. “Pharmacist of the year is one of the two most prestigious recognitions. Our awards committee reviews the nominations, considers others that were not nominated and makes a selection based on the subjective parameters noted above.”

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Bats roosting under Mission highway

20120802 Mission -Bats lg-1 WEBThousands of bats spend the daylight hours “crevice packed” along the north walls of the overpass at Expressway 83 and Conway Ave. in Mission. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraMISSION — As Mindy Schroeder was driving over the Conway and Expressway 83 overpass August 6 she drove into a cloud of what she thought were birds. But it was dusk and most birds were already roosting.

The animals avoided her car with the acrobatic excellence of an Olympic gymnast. And Schroeder said there were thousands of them. To clarify, there were thousands of bats that found a home in a niche in the overpass where a small eve overlaps the decorative rock.

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Paul Rodriguez appointed to STC Board of Trustees

MCALLEN — The South Texas Board of Trustees unanimously selected on July 24 Valley Land Title Company president and CEO, Paul R. Rodriguez, to replace the late Michael Allen, who died after a long battle with cancer in 2010.

Allen represented south McAllen, southwest Pharr, Hidalgo, Sharyland, southeast Mission and Granjeno in District 3 since May 2004. Rodriguez will serve out Allen’s term, which ends in May 2016.

Rodriguez said he appreciates the board’s confidence in him.

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MCISD discusses 4.5 percent increase in insurance rates

MISSION — Representatives from Humana presented Mission Consolidated Independent School District trustees and staff with an insurance plan that includes a 4.5 percent increase in rates along with a wellness plan to reward healthy living.

The increase would be an across-the-board increase, with no change in benefits offered. In response to concerns about the plan’s fourth tier, which resulted in higher costs for people who had serious health problems like cancer or multiple sclerosis, a $100 co-pay cap was added to it, which would result in an across the board $5 dollar increase in co-pays. In the current plan, people facing this situation would have to pay up to 25 percent up to $2,500.

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