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MISSION—Sharyland ISD (Independent School District) has narrowed its search for a new superintendent to just one finalist—Dr. Virginia Richter.

Richter has been working for the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district for 24 years serving as an area administrator for over 15,000 students. Before working for PSJA, Richter worked at Mission Consolidated Independent School District for two years.

School Board President Dr. Noe Oliveira said the board spent countless hours searching and reviewing applications for a new superintendent before coming to this decision. The school district started looking for a new superintendent in February when then superintendent Scott Owings resigned. The district had the help of George McShan from a local consulting agency.

“We’ve now come down to this day, this morning, this point,” said Oliveira at an early Thursday morning meeting where the decision was announced. “The board is incredibly confident and unanimous in our decision to hire Dr. Virginia Richter as our superintendent of schools.” Richter being a part of the community is a tremendous asset, he added.

A resident of Sharyland, Richter said she is happy to be coming home. She said she thinks her personal experience with being a part of the community will make the position, and her decisions, mean more.

“It means a lot more when you live where you can make a difference,” said Richter, adding she has a son that graduated from Sharyland High School last year.

About being the lone finalist, Richter said, “I’m excited. I’m ready for the challenge and I’m ready to help move this community forward.”

By law, Richter has to be known to the public for 21 days prior to entering into any contract negotiations. Those 21 days began Thursday. The district will enter contract negotiations before the end of June.

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