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MISSION — Sharyland Independent School recognized several retiring employees during a recent board meeting. Most of the employees had been in education for over 10 years.
A high school custodian, Teofilo Fuentes, had been with the school for 27 years. Counselor Adeliza Barrera, had been with the school for 21 years and a total of 30 years in education. Two other counselors, Ollie Salinas and Elvia Ramirez, had been in education for 33 and 31 years respectively. Salinas has been with SISD for 12 years, while Ramirez had been with the school district for a total of 15 years.
Linda West, a librarian at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary retired after 16 years with SISD and 24 years in education. Noe Garza, who worked in maintenance, has been with the school district for 18 years. Custodian Felix Salas had been with the district for 10 years. Andres Muñoz, a bus driver for the district, had been with the school district for nine years, but in education for 15 years.
Sharyland North Junior High teacher Deborah Schuster, retired from the district after 21 years in education, 11 of those years with SISD. Also retiring were Sylvia Guerra after 32 years in education, 11 years with SISD; Leticia Morales after 25 years in education, three years with SISD; and Carlota Rodriguez with three years in education and at SISD.
The school board reorganized voting Ricky Longoria as president, Dr. Noe Oliveira as vice president, Suzanne Peña as secretary and Rolando Peña as assistant secretary.
School board members discussed several construction projects and expenditures, as well.
The board approved the purchase of new pants for the high school’s band uniforms for up to $40,000. The pants will not have to be dry-cleaned or hemmed, saving the district approximately $9,000.
The board decided to wait on a canopy with the courtyard improvements.
The board approved the improvements to the high school bus loop though, adding the expenditure to the current 400 building contract.
The board also discussed farm agriculture improvements. The board wants to add another building to hold animals and reduce crowding in the two current buildings. Parking, cleaning stations, storage areas, restrooms, weigh stations, pick-up and drop-off areas for trailers, and other needed items would also be built on the location of the current ag farm.
All current projects, 400 and AEP buildings and drainage, are on schedule and will be completed during the summer. Science lab renovations were also approved and should be completed before the new school year.
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