Sharyland Independent School District, Texas
|Sharyland Independent School District|
|Hidalgo County, Texas|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Virginia Richter|
|Number of schools:||11|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Fernando Ramirez|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Sharyland ISD
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtHidalgo County, Texas. The county seat of Hidalgo County is Edinburg. The county's population was 774,769 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Hidalgo County underperforms in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 15.6% of Hidalgo County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 26.3% rate for the state of Texas. Hidalgo County had a median income of $33,218 in 2010 compared to $51,563 for Texas. The poverty rate for Hidalgo County was 35.0% in 2010 compared to a 17.4% rate for the rest of the state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Hidalgo County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||0.8||12.3|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.5||1.0|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0||0.1|
|Two or More Races||0.4||1.7|
|Hispanic or Latino||90.9||38.2|
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
The superintendent of Sharyland Independent School District is Dr. Virginia N. Richter, who was appointed to the position in June 2012. Prior to her current role, she served in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District as an educator for 24 years. She has been a resident of the Sharyland district for 25 years. Her son graduated from Sharyland High School.
Sharyland had been searching for a new superintendent since its last, Scott Owings, resigned in February 2012 due to allegations that he sexually harassed two female school officials at a Texas Association of School Administrators conference.
The Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.
|Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees|
|Noel O. Garza||Vice President||2016|
|Juan F. Zuniga||Member||2017|
Note: Ricky Longoria is running for Place 1 and Juan Zuniga for Place 2. Place numbers for the remaining five members have yet to be named; see second paragraph of School board elections below.
School board elections
Members of the Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees are elected to three-year terms. Two seats were up for election on May 10, 2014; incumbents Ricky Longoria and Juan Zuniga were re-elected to Places 1 and 2, respectively. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015.
In April 2014, Sharyland ISD's election system was changed to electing members by place with no majority-vote requirements when more than two candidates are running for the same place. Presently, only two of the seven places are named — Places 1 and 2, which were on the ballot in May 2014. The remaining places will be named over a three-year period, with board members who are up for re-election filing for the place they wish.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2011:
As long as the requirements of the Open Meetings Act are satisfied and the right of citizens to apply to the Board for redress of their grievances is not abridged, the Board need not provide a public forum for every citizen wishing to express an opinion on a matter. Reasonable restraints on the number, length, and frequency of presentations are permissible. The Board may limit the number of persons it will hear on a particular subject and the frequency with which they may appear, so long as the regulation does not abridge constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of speech and to petition nor unfairly discriminate among views seeking expression. 
—Sharyland Independent School District's website, (2011), 
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teachers in Sharyland Independent School District with no experience and a Bachelor's degree start out earning $44,500 and max out at $61,851. Stipends of $1,000 are given to those with Bilingual/ESL or Special Education endorsement. A $4,000 stipend is given to those with a Master's degree in their current area of teaching and $2,500 to those with a Math and Science composite.
Schools in Sharyland ISD
Sharyland Independent School District serves 9,978 students. Sharyland Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Sharyland Independent School District operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Sharyland Independent School District Schools|
|B.L. Gray Junior High School|
|Donna Wernecke Elementary School|
|Harry Shimotsu Elementary School|
|Jessie Jensen Elementary School|
|John H. Shary Elementary School|
|Lloyd and Dolly Bentsen Elementary School|
|Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy|
|Sharyland Alternative Education Center|
|Sharyland High School|
|Sharyland North Junior High School|
|Sharyland Pioneer High School|
The Texas Education Agency issues an annual accountability report for each school district in the state. This rating determines if district schools fulfill expectations in four categories of educational achievement during a particular school year. The following terms explain these categories:
- Student Achievement: Measures student performance on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test.
- Student Progress: Measures student performance in reading, math and writing courses at the district level.
- Closing Performance Gaps: Measures year-to-year performance among students in the lowest-performing demographics.
- Postsecondary Readiness: Measures student readiness for college, employment or military service after graduation.
Sharyland Independent School District received a Met Standard designation on the state's 2013 report. District schools met 95 percent of indicators set forth by state education officials and all four assessment categories. The following table details the district's accountability report during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013|
|Category||Points earned||Maximum points||Index score||Target score|
|Closing Performance Gaps||1,005||1,200||84||50|
- School board elections portal
- Sharyland Independent School District elections (2014)
- Texas school districts
- List of school districts in Texas
- Sharyland Independent School District, "2013-2014 Approved Budget, "accessed November 27, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Hidalgo County," accessed March 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- [http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=770663#.Uz7ela1dWLE Joey Horta, Valley Central, " Sharyland ISD’s new superintendent an outsider," June 28, 2012]
- Carina A. Brunson, Progress Times, "New superintendent official for SISD," July 6, 2012
- Sharyland Independent School District, "Sharyland ISD School Board," accessed April 4, 2014
- Sharyland Independent School District, "Election Notice: Sharyland Independent School District Adopts New School Board Election System," April 4, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Sharyland Independent School District, "Public Participation," May 1, 2011
- Sharyland Independent School District, "2014-2015 Official Adopted Budget," accessed December 15, 2014
- Sharyland Independent School District, "2013-2014 Teacher Salary," accessed April 4, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- Sharyland Independent School District, "Sharyland ISD Schools," accessed March 13, 2014
- Sharyland Independent School District, "Accountability Summary 2013," accessed June 24, 2014