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20111020_SISD_SecondHighSchool_Site_CAB_0046MISSION — Last week Sharyland Independent School District board members, along with an architect and engineers, visited the site of the proposed second high school on 6 ½ Mile Line and Shary roads to allow trustees to see land and ask questions on where buildings were going to be and what needed to be done to prepare for construction.

The land, more recently being used as agricultural property, will need to be raised nearly 36 inches to be higher than Shary Road. Water and sewer lines will also need to be established. Board members are waiting to see if the City of McAllen will annex the property so they can be tied into the city for sanitary lines, or if other options will work.

Proper drainage for the property was also looked at while on the premises. Board President Ricky Longoria said he wants to make sure the students will not be walking through water when getting from one class to another.

SISD Superintendent Scott Owings said the board tries to plan ahead before making final decisions. This is done so they can be ready to tackle the project or have alternate plans in place, he said.

Owings and members of the board and staff have already met with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Sharyland Water Supply, public utilities and others in making sure the district is considering all possibilities and costs involved with the project.

“We’re just trying to be prepared,” said Owings.

Trustee Fernando Ramirez said the district needed a number of additional options in case the others fall through.

With the concern of traffic, the campus will have two entrances on Shary Road and an entrance on Stewart Road, as well. TxDOT plans to widen Shary Road within the next few years. A future meeting with TxDOT, board members plan to discuss if lights will be installed at any of the entrances into the high school or at 6 Mile Line Road.

The campus will also be fenced in and have all of the same facilities as the current high school, with the exception of a football stadium.

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