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MCISD Board president resigns

20140813 MCISD Board-Meeting JB 4310Mission School Board President Sonia Treviño resigned from the board Wednesday night after serving nearly seven years. She was just three months into her term as president of the board.

In an interview just after she announced her resignation, Treviño said she decided to step down because her sister had applied for an administrative position with the school district.

“A family member has an opportunity to put her name in the hat, and family comes first with me. I’d like for her to have the opportunity without me being influential in any way, shape or form to the process,” she said. “That’s what I would expect of any board member, because there’s going to be the perception that she’s going to get it because her sister is there (on the board).”

Read more: MCISD Board president resigns

   

City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

20140815 MISSION Sanitation-trucksMission city leaders believe taking over residential trash service will mean the end of broken garbage cans, skipped pick ups and cans thrown in the middle of the street.

The city is set to take over trash service Sept. 8, but sanitation trucks already are hitting the streets as Mission prepares to take over residential trash pick up from BFI Services.

Other than better service, City Manager Martin Garza said residents shouldn’t expect much to change. The city plans to mirror the routes BFI already has mapped out each week.

Read more: City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

   

Council holds public hearing on tax rate

City-of-Mission-logoThe Mission City Council held a public hearing on the proposed 2014 tax rate and unanimously approved the rate, 1 cent lower than the current rate at a Monday meeting.

The proposed rate is $0.5188 per $100 valuation. It includes $0.1076 for debt and $0.4112 for maintenance and operation. The estimated tax levy based on the proposed tax rate will create revenues of $15, 107,149, a decrease of $349,433 from the 2013 tax levy of $15,398,343.

The council voted unanimously for the tax rate decrease.

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Mission business owner a finalist in H-E-B contest

20140813 MISSION H-E-B-Quest-for-the-Best 2716Mission resident Pilar Gonzalez learned to make a variety of dips from her aunt two decades ago.

Today, its possible Gonzalez’s dips could be sold in H-E-B stores across the state through the H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for the Texas Best contest. Gonzalez is one of 25 finalists. She and one other Rio Grande Valley business owner were chosen from 600 entries.

A grand prize winner will be named a “Texas Best” Primo Pick, and three others will win cash and an opportunity to be sold at H-E-B stores.

“I keep pinching myself,” Gonzalez said, adding that she was so excited, “I don’t sleep anymore.”

And she doesn’t expect to get much sleep if she’s named a winner. To get to this point in the competition, candidates had to submit a business plan on how they would meet the demand of each H-E-B. Gonzalez said the winners have 30 days to negotiate with H-E-B and a year to grow into the demand.

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Mission CISD hosts Back-to-School Bash

20140808 MCISD Back To School lg-37It was an event 12 months in the making.

Mission Consolidated Independent School District’s first ever Back to School Bash was an unequivocal success as thousands of Mission, Alton and Palmhurst residents took advantage of the free backpacks and free or reduced cost services being provided to MCISD students Friday at Mission High School’s V.F. Neuhaus gymnasium. According to the school district, 2,000 backpacks were handed out to students.

As the doors opened at 6 p.m. and the first of the hundreds of families lined up outside Neuhaus gym streamed in, volunteers from the school district, local businesses, civic organizations and neighboring towns began handing out backpacks filled with school supplies to any and all MCISD students in attendance absolutely free of charge.

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Mission celebrates 20th National Night Out

20140805 Mission-National-Night-Out KO 6029Mission celebrated its 20th National Night Out on Tuesday at Leo Peña Placita in downtown Mission by passing out school supplies to children and offering a full range of local entertainment for those present to enjoy.

Mission Crime Stoppers and the Mission Police Department sponsored the annual event.

The line waiting for the school supplies stretched from east to west on the south side of the placita with hundreds in line. Diane Hernandez, a volunteer with Mission Crime Stoppers, said there were approximately 1500 bags of school supplies for children. The bags contained a spiral notebook, folders, erasers, pencils, colors and other items children would need for school when they return later in the month.

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Mission CISD proposes three-cent tax increase

MCISDlogoThe Mission CISD Board of Trustees rejected a proposal Wednesday night to increase the district’s tax rate by 5.5 cents as suggested by Superintendent Ricardo Lopez. Instead, the board is considering a 3-cent tax rate increase.

The superintendent recommended the 5.5-cent tax hike this year, followed by a series of 2-cent tax hikes each year until the Interest and Sinking (I&S) Fund tax rate reaches 26 cents.

The district is facing a $5 million shortfall in debt service for 2014-15 unless the budget is reduced or taxes are increased, or a combination of the two.

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Districts face different challenges

20140808 School-BudgetIt’s no secret La Joya ISD is home to some of the most low-income children in the area. Many of the district’s 29,000 students come from homes in the colonias, some without indoor showers.

La Joya Independent School District includes the types of neighborhoods that attract church groups from nearby and afar during the summer and over Spring Break hoping a week of good deeds will mean something to families struggling to make ends meet in the rural western portion of Hidalgo County. Every Christmas, the more blessed of district’s own students come together and campaign to raise presents for their poorer classmates, picking a day to board buses and spread out across the area to deliver their holiday goodies.

Statewide, La Joya ISD ranked in the bottom 20 of Texas’ 1,000 school districts when it came to wealth per weighted average daily attendance, a method the state used to measure the amount of wealth per student using property values, according to the Texas Education Agency. In 2011, the amount of wealth per student in La Joya ISD was $55,569. That was down $6,000 from the year before. In comparison, Mission Consolidated ISD was listed at $79,504 and Sharyland ISD was $192,957.

Read more: Districts face different challenges

   

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