Medina LISD's newest top cop - Laredo Morning Times by ajizai


									SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2008
                                                                                                        LOCAL                                                                                                           LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 3A

 Medina LISD’s                                                                                                           FUTURE PLANNING                                                                              TAMIU
 newest top cop                                                                                                                                                                                                       June 27
          By TRICIA CORTEZ            reading of a new policy that won’t
        LAREDO MORNING TIMES          allow seniors to cross the stage if                                                                                                                                                    SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
                                      they have not passed all sections
    David Medina, a lieutenant        of the Texas Assessment of Knowl-                                                                                                                                                   The Texas A&M Interna-
with the LISD police force, will      edge and Skills exit level exam.                                                                                                                                                tional University Small Busi-
become the district’s new chief,          In open session, they took up                                                                                                                                               ness Development Center will
effective July 1.                     the Level III grievance filed by                                                                                                                                                hold a free seminar on inter-
    After meeting more than two       Sonia Sanchez, who recently re-                                                                                                                                                 national trade Thursday, June
hours in closed session on sever-     tired from Cigarroa High.                                                                                                                                                       27, from 10 a.m. to noon at
al items, Laredo Independent              Sanchez requested that the                                                                                                                                                  TAMIU’s Western Hemispher-
School District trustees appointed    grievance be aired in public.                                                                                                                                                   ic Trade Center, Room 125.
Medina to the position at their           As per LISD Attorney John                                                                                                                                                       The Import Basics Seminar
Thursday board meeting.               Kazen’s       recommendations,                                                                                                                                                  helps establish a foundation,
    He replaces Juan Garza, who       trustees decided to postpone tak-                                                                                                                                               find a starting point and iden-
submitted his resignation earlier     ing action on Sanchez’s grievance                                                                                                                                               tify the fundamentals, and pro-
this year.                            until next month’s board meet-                                                                                                                                                  vides an overarching view of
    Trustees hired two others.        ing, when he can explain legal is-                                                                                               Photo by Cuate Santos | Laredo Morning Times   the trade arena.
    Veronica Castillon was named      sues for granting retroactive pay.    Blas Castañeda, right, Future of the Region Inc. president, talks with, left to right, Tammye Treviño, Jorge Treviño and Federi-              Guest speaker Minerva
director of communications, re-           In her grievance, filed Sep-      co Zaragoza. They were preparing for a press briefing on the Future of the Region Economic Development Conference on Fri-                 García from the South-West
placing Marco Alvarado, who left      tember 2007, Sanchez is seeking       day morning at La Posada Hotel/Suites.                                                                                                    Texas Border Region SBDC In-
the district in October. Castillon    retroactive pay over a pay in-                                                                                                                                                  ternational Trade Center will
has worked in the communica-          equity.                                                                                                                                                                         cover the following topics:
tions office for 15 years.                Over the past two years,                                                                                                                                                        ! The benefits of importing
    Oscar Perez, principal of LBJ
High School at nearby United
ISD, was named principal of Cig-
arroa High. He replaces Sonia
                                      Sanchez has earned $82,000, al-
                                      most $15,000 less than the other
                                      high school principals.
                                          Her attorney, George Altgelt,
                                                                            Laredo mayor speaks out                                                                                                                       ! Is importing really
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ! Finding qualified suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ! Supplier selection and
Sanchez, who recently retired.        said Sanchez was promised be-                  By ASHLEY RICHARDS                of costs to the city, but also be-              The resolution called for sup-                 management
    Another UISD employee, Di-        tween $92,000 and $99,000 when                LAREDO MORNING TIMES               cause of the drain it is on indi-           port from the U.S. Conference of                       ! Quality control
ana Martinez, was named Zachry        she was promoted by then-Super-                                                  vidual Laredoans.                           Mayors of energy conservation ef-                      ! The importation process
Elementary principal. She was         intendent Daniel Garcia.                 Mayor Raul Salinas helped lead              “We’re trying to encourage              forts, such as government accept-                      ! U.S. Customs
assistant principal at Matias De          Sanchez said she didn’t notice    the fight against skyrocketing gas         people to do the El Metro more,”            ance of telecommuting jobs, alter-                     To register, call the TAMIU
Llano Elementary, and she re-         until last year that she was only     prices at the U.S. Conference of           Salinas said in a telephone in-             native power sources and increased                 SBDC office at (956) 326-2827,
places Rosalinda Castro, who re-      earning $82,000.                      Mayors in Miami this week, speak-          terview before giving his speech            use of mass transit systems.                       e-mail or reg-
tired.                                    Ernesto Guajardo, LISD exec-      ing about how Laredo is combating          at the conference Friday after-                 Salinas also suggested in the                  ister online at
    Lorenia Torres was named J.C.     utive director for human re-          the prices and the more than               noon. “Educate the public to use            resolution that the nation’s may-
Martin Elementary principal. She      sources, said Sanchez received        $800,000 in additional spending            our metro system because it’s a             ors oppose a gas tax holiday,
was assistant principal at Kawas      the proper two-step increase          the city expects as a result.              little bit cheaper.                         which would “have dramatic and
Elementary, and she replaces Vir-     when she went from elementary            In a memorandum sent out                    “I’ve asked people at the               negative ramifications on jobs
ginia Flores who retired.             principal to high school princi-      by City Manager Carlos Villar-             Metro to maybe expand the                   and federal highway funding
    Carlos Cruz was named Chris-      pal, $68,000 to $82,000.              real, City of Laredo employees             routes and maybe expand the                 without any guarantee of sav-
ten Middle principal. Previously          Trustee George Beckelhymer        were instructed to aid in lower-           hours,” Salinas added. “What we             ings to consumers.”
an assistant principal at Cigarroa    acknowledged the pay inequity         ing costs by minimizing overtime           want to do is be facilitators.”                 Also part of the solution, the
Middle, Cruz replaces Yolanda         but asked why it took Sanchez         and banning travel not approved                Salinas said high gas prices            resolution states, are options in
Montemayor who is now princi-         two years to notice the pay dis-      by city management. A hiring               impact cities and citizens na-              addition to increased domestic
pal at Kawas Elementary.              crepancy.                             freeze also was implemented, ex-           tionwide, something he said is              oil drilling.
    They also named three new             Altgelt said Sanchez became       cept for grant-funded positions;           proven here by the South Texas                  Salinas said his audience,
assistant principals: Gerardo Cas-    focused on bringing Cigarroa out      capital outlay was halted, also ex-        Food Bank’s struggle to keep its            made up of newly elected may-
tañeda and Sandra Garcia for          of federal sanctions and on rais-     cluding grant-funded projects;             shelves full, as Laredoans feel             ors, was receptive to his speech
Martin High, and Jesus J. Gonza-      ing the school’s TAKS scores, and     and money from any department              the pain at the pump, impacting             and solutions.
lez for Cigarroa High.                so never “crunched the numbers”       with a surplus budget will go to-          their budgets for the necessities.              “Nobody’s trained as mayors,”
    At the Thursday meeting,          from her pay stubs to determine       ward paying additional gas ex-                 At the conference, Salinas              Salinas said. “It’s kind of like on-
trustees did not act on the lawsuit   how much she was earning.             penses.                                    also presented a resolution to be           the-job training. We’re going to
filed by former Internal Auditor          (Tricia Cortez may be reached        Since then, Salinas has also            sent to the U.S. Congress’ Trans-           share with them some of the ini-
Deyanira Serna.                       at 728-2568 or by e-mail at tri-      pushed for creative solutions to           portation and Communications                tiatives we have taken to address
    They also approved the second                    high gas prices, not only because          Committee.                                  this problem.”

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