Sharyland Independent School District, Texas

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Sharyland Independent School District
Hidalgo County, Texas
Sharyland ISD logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Virginia Richter
Enrollment:9,978 students
Number of schools:11
Budget: $101.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Fernando Ramirez
Board members:7
Term length:3
Sharyland Independent School District is a school district in Texas that serves parts of Hidalgo County. It is the 103rd-largest school district in Texas, serving 9,978 students in 11 schools.[1]

About the district

Sharyland Independent School District is located in Hidalgo County, Texas
Sharyland Independent School District is located in Hidalgo County, Texas. The county seat of Hidalgo County is Edinburg. The county's population was 774,769 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Hidalgo County (%) Texas (%)
White 97.2 80.6
Black or African American 0.8 12.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.0
Asian 1.1 4.2
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.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5]

School board

The Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.[6]

Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees
Member Role Term Ends
Fernando Ramirez President 2015
Noel O. Garza Vice President 2016
Ricky Longoria Secretary 2017
Rolando Peña Member 2016
Eddie Montalvo Member 2015
Noe Oliveira Member 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

See also: Sharyland Independent School District elections (2014)

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.[7]

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. [8]

—Sharyland Independent School District's website, (2011), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Sharyland Independent School District:[1][10]

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
2013-2014 $54,171,304 54.7% $15,362,415 15.5% $11,267,730 11.4% $10,192,106 10.3% $8,072,217 8.1% $99,065,769
2014-2015 $47,908,345 47.1% $3,429,498 3.4% $9,718,519 9.6% $0.00 0% $40,560,197 39.9% $101,616,559
Averages: $51,039,824.5 51% $9,395,956.5 9% $10,493,124.5 10% $5,096,053 5% $24,316,207 24% $100,341,164

Teacher salaries

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.[11]

Schools in Sharyland ISD


Sharyland Independent School District serves 9,978 students. Sharyland Independent School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[12]

District schools

Sharyland Independent School District operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Sharyland Independent School District Schools
School Name
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

Academic performance

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:[14]

Performance Index Summary, 2012-2013
Category Points earned Maximum points Index score Target score
Student Achievement 18,746 21,864 86 50
Student Progress 1,103 2,600 42 21
Closing Performance Gaps 1,005 1,200 84 50
Postsecondary Readiness 745.6 800 93 75

Contact information

Sharyland ISD logo.jpg
Sharyland School Board
1106 North Shary Road
Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 580-5200

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