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20120706 SISD-Superintendant-VirginiaRichterSISD Superintendent Virginia Richter. Courtesy PhotoMISSION – With a starting contract date of July 1, Dr. Virginia Richter is ready to move forward and develop goals for the district as the newly named superintendent for Sharyland Independent School District.

Richter was named as the lone finalist during a late May school board meeting and was officially hired last week. Richter has signed on with the district for three years. She will receive an evaluation every year.

Even though her first official work day is July 11, Richter said she has been taking time to interview each board member this week to find out the inside of the district and what their goals are.

“Although I have been a part of the community, I have not been privy to all the inside information,” said Richter.

Richter said she has done research pertaining to the district, but she wants to make sure she is right about what she thinks the district needs to focus on and goals that need to be set.

Next week she will be meeting with senior staff to get their ideas and listen to what their goals are for the district.

Richter is moving to SISD after working for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district for the past 24 years. For the past four year, Richter had served as an area administrator for PSJA, being a supervisor to the district’s principals. She was a teacher in Mission before working for PSJA.

She has been a resident of the SISD area for over 25 years. Her son also graduated from Sharyland High School.

SISD had been searching for a new superintendent since February when then Superintendent Scott Owings resigned because of allegations that he sexually harassed two female school officials at a Texas Association of School Administrators conference.

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