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LJISD approves raises, supplemental pay

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA – Amid school budget strains and cuts, La Joya Independent School District (LJISD) has found the means to give its employees a raise and supplemental stipend pay. These two items are costing the district $6 million. The district approved the raise and stipend during a May 28 special meeting.

At the special meeting, the board approved a $400 supplemental retention stipend for all employees, with the stipulation that the employee must come back to the school district next year. The stipend pay will cost the district approximately $1.6 million.

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Shindig at MHM celebrates opening of “That’s Entertainment!”

20120608 MHM Mario-SaenzThe Mission Historical Museum is hosting a not-so-traditional shindig this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. for the opening of their newest exhibit, “That’s Entertainment! Movies, Music and More from the Past in Mission.”

The special party features live music by Trio Nuevo Amanecer, Carlos Guzman and renowned singer and musician Mario Saenz. The nostalgia will be sprinkled with popcorn and Cokes at throwback prices, food vendors and a preview tour of the new exhibit designed by Maria Hurtado.

“In a time before computers, video on demand, or MP3 players, the citizens of Mission had to leave their homes to find entertainment,” said Casandra Karl, MHM director. “Although…a small community at that time, venues for movies, music and other diversions were prolific, and people had a lot to choose from when it came to entertainment.”

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Teaching at a place they call home

20120608 MCISD Aaron-Clemons Teaching HomeFor a small group of teachers in Mission Consolidated Independent School District, their very first day of work may have given them a sense of déjà vu because while they are walking the hallways as teachers now, they once walked the same hallways as students.

More than 40 teachers responded to an email earlier this school year indicating they are now teaching at a school they once attended as a student. The responses to the email are a testament to the heart and commitment of all Mission CISD educators. The responses are also more than we should include in one story and so the decision was made to create more than one story — of their stories. We will begin with the Mission CISD high schools.

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We Remember: Mission reflects on fallen soldiers

20120528 MEMORIAL DAY Service Jose Lopez DiegoMontoya JB  0051-nodataA standing room only crowd of family, friends, veterans and a police honor guard gathered on Memorial Day to pay honor to Mission’s sons who lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. They filled Leo Peña Placita Park nestled in the heart of downtown Mission to hear words of remembrance, gratitude and honor.

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Sharyland Leo Club serves community

20120512 Leos PET Workday lg-15MISSION — There is always a cause to be addressed within the community, and when the need is there, a Mission-based organization is prepared to assist.

“When there is injustice, we will be there. When there is a hungry mouth to feed, we will be there. There is always a cause,” said Sharyland High School English teacher and Leo Club sponsor Julissa Sanchez. “That’s why I say that Leos never sleep.”

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SISD names lone finalist for superintendent post

MISSION—Sharyland ISD (Independent School District) has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to just one finalist—Dr. Virginia Richter.

Richter has been working for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district for 24 years serving as an area administrator for over 15,000 students. Before working for PSJA, Richter worked at Mission Consolidated Independent School District for two years.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church begins expansion

20120525-Lady-of-Guadalupe-Church-Remodel-001Parishioners enter ‘new house of worship’ this weekend

MISSION — After a decade of fundraising and seeking approval to expand the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, work has begun and starting last weekend, Mass will be held in the church hall for the next nine months.

Last week, Rev. Roy Snipes stood inside the 85-year-old church as workers removed several church artifacts like the pulpit, saint statues and the Stations of the Cross.

“I’m too sentimental for this stuff,” Snipes said. “If anybody gripes at me I’ll be sure to understand.”

The expansion, which will move the walls on the east and west sides by 30 feet, will allow the church to welcome more of its parishioners inside for Sunday Mass. At the height of the winter months, Snipes said there could be 1,000 people attending church.

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Children enjoy UVAL Fine Arts Fair

20120525_UVAL_JSL_ChildrensArtFair_JB10Leon Villarreal patiently helped his four-year-old son Diego with the paintbrush as he experienced water colors at the Upper Valley Art League’s Children’s Fine Arts Fair last Saturday, May 19.

“We wanted to come show the kids how much fun it is to be creative,” Leon said. “We wanted them to experience it and just spend some time with the family on Saturday morning.”

Nearly 100 children, ages 4-12, enjoyed a range of activities giving them an opportunity to have fun with art at the children’s fair sponsored by the Junior Service League of Mission.

“We did the story telling where we learned about the Native Americans, which is really cool, and we did the artwork. It seems like he’s getting the grasp of it, so we are really excited about that. He’s having fun,” said Villarreal.

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