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20120120_PrincipalWilsonMISSION — During this week’s board meeting, Sharyland Indepdendent School District trustees hired a new principal for Sharyland High School. Diamantina Chapa retired in December.

Cynthia Sandoval-Wilson, current principal at B.L. Gray Junior High, was selected by board members Tuesday to be the new principal. B.L Gray Junior High recently received a Blue Ribbon Award. Wilson had been a principal at B.L. Gray for nearly seven years. She will start as the new principal on Feb. 1.

Wilson said she looks forward to building a team approach at the high school, but she would also miss B.L. Gray.

“I do see the staff as my family,” she said. “I am looking forward to going to the next level.”

Wilson said she wants to see every student become successful and prepared for post-graduation.


Wilson worked with the Edinburg school district as a teacher and assistant principal before being employed at Sharyland.

In other items, the board discussed the contract with the City of Mission pertaining to the new Bannworth swimming pool.

Jesse Muñiz, superintendent for business and finance, said the preliminary contract did not address giving the school district priority scheduling, something that was previously discussed.

Costs were also a concern with original talks included the city and SISD splitting the costs in half.

The district currently spends about $7,500 a year to swim at the old Boys & Girls Club.

Board President Ricky Longoria said the contract has to make financial sense for the district.

Ramirez agreed with the rest of the board that the district’s attorney and Mission City Council needed to continue negotiating the contract.

In other items, the board was recognized by staff, students and administration as part of School Board Recognition month.

Longoria said the board works together to make the community better and they are humble servants to everyone that lives in the district.

The City of Mission also presented the board with a proclamation recognizing the board and January as School Board Recognition Month.

The board also approved trustee election dates. The district will hold a trustee election on May 12. First day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Feb. 4. Last day to file will be March 6.

Board member Fernando Ramirez and Secretary Suzanne Peña said they would run for re-election. Both said they want to see the building of the new high school to the end.

“It’s very important to stay and see something that we started,” said Peña.

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