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Published weekly in Rio Grande City, Texas every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
Vol. 81, No. 11, Thursday , March 18,1993
Two Ringgold Elementary Odyssey of the Mind teams, coached by Elias Saenz and
Rosa Vela, are pictured above. These two teams, along with several other Odyssey
teams from the Rio Grande City CISD, have qualified to advance to the state
competition scheduled April 3 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. (See Page 4 for
related article and picture).
Rio trustees focus on
accreditation followup report
At their regular monthly meeting
on Ttiesday night, March 9, the Rio
Grande City CISD board of trustees
focused on the accreditation
followup report from the TEA visit
of November 1992, with the district
receiving favorable reviews in most
This board meeting was held at
the La Union Elementary
Cafetorium. Mrs. Felicia Gar/a,
Principal, welcomed the board
members, superintendent and ail
otliers attending to the school.
Students Cindy de la Cruz and
Jaime Ramirez, kindergarten, and
Pamela Alaniz, first grade, led the
Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs.
Gregorio Guerra, Instructional
Specialist at La Union, gave the
The trustees reviewed the TEA
Accreditation Followup Report in
open session. The report requires
the district to meet state standards
of 90 percent mastery in fifth grade
Math and fifth grade Writing within
Superintendent Ruben Saenz told
The Rio Grande Herald, "They say
this is the grade within striking
distance. The goal is to meet the
state standard in all grades and all
areas within five years."
The report noted that 1991-92
attendance was 95.6 percent, 1.4
percent below the state standard.
There was a dramatic decrease in the
percentage of dropouts from 18.1
percent in 1989-90 to 9.3 percent in
1990-91. Saenz noted that the state
standard and state average are two
The graduation rate is 97.1
percent, 1.9 percent below the state
standard. Saenz again noted that the
state standard and state average are
The report commended the district
for improvements in the planning
process, pointing to the District
Improvement Plan, the different
Campus Improvement Plans, and
the Site-Based Decision Making
Saenz indicated, "One of the
severe problems earlier cited by
TEA (in 1991) was grave
deficiencies in planning. This TEA
team (in November 1992) said there
have been tremendous
improvements in planning."
Saenz emphasized, "We were
really commended for the
improvements in the planning at
the district and campus levels. The
different plans are very much in
alignment with each other."
The report gave the district good
reviews for adequate financial
The report also commended the
district for implementing the
following goals aimed at increasing
achievement: (1) heterogenous
grouping; (2) constant monitoring
A series of rabies clinics has been
scheduled throughout Starr County
during the coming week in an effort
to vaccine all pets against the
Veterinarian Dr. Roberto S.
Margo stressed the importance of
all pel owners bringing their pets to
be vaccinated at these clinics,
especially bccausc of the fact that
there have been 100 confirmed cases
of rabies and one human fatality in
Starr County alone since the
outbreak began in September 1988.
Margo emphasized that it is
critical that pel owners keep the
vaccinations of their pels updated
on an ANNUAL basis.
The following clinics are
FRIDAY, MARCH 19- El
Arroyo, VFW Parking Lot, 5 to 6
SATURDAY, MARCH 20-
Roma, Rios Lumber, 10 a.m. to 12
MONDAY, MARCH 22- El
Sauz, Benito Perez Store, 5 to 6
TUESDAY, MARCH 23- San
Isidro, Mini-Gym, 5 to 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24-
Garceno, Silver Mine, 5 to 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26- Rio
Grande City, Roqne Guerra
Elementary al Fairground Road, 5
to 6 p.m.
On Tuesday afternoon, March 16,
clinics were held in front of the
Catholic Church in Grulla and at La
of special education and bilingual
programs; (3) increased professional
staffing at the campus level.
The trustees voted to approve the
proposal submitted by the firm of
Montalvo and Ramirez to serve as
Bond Counsel for the district.
Saenz noted that in the last few
months, the district "employed an
architect-planner, who has given a
preliminary report. They say there
is an obvious need to upgrade
existing facilities and have
construction of new facilities." The
district has also hired a financial
The superintendent indicated,
"We've built around 90 classrooms
in the last five years strictly out of
the Maintenance and Operations
Fund. It doesn't seem like we can
continue in this way. On some
campuses, we have more portables
than original buildings. TEA cited
us in 1991 for having too many
Saenz declared, "A tremendous
amount of work still needs to be
done on planning and determining
(the most urgent) needs. In the near
(See REPORT, Page 6)
to visit RGC
Representatives from the U.S.
Small Business Administration and
the Small Business Development
Center at the University of
Texas-Pan American will be in Rio
Grande City on Tuesday, March 23.
The representatives will be at the
Parlor Room of LaBorde House at
601 East Main from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. on March 23.
Those interested in loans from
the Small Business Administration
or counseling for their small
business can call Chris Salinas at
210/487-2709 for reservations. The
meetings are open to the general
Three Roma trustees
file for re-election
Roma ISD incumbent trustees
Gilberto Resendez, Hector E.
Salinas and Israel Rodriguez have
filed for re-election to the board of
The three incumbents say the
qualities that merit their re-election
are listed as follows:
(1) "Experienced and proven
(2) "Educated at Roma ISD.
Children attended and graduated
from Roma ISD.
(3) "Voted to provide every
school employee with FREE health
insurance and a $10,000 life
(4) "Voted on local pay increase
Eighth rabies case of
The eighth rabies case of 1993 in
Starr County was confirmed on
Wednesday, March 10 as a dog in
the central part of Roma was
proven to have been infected with
the lethal disease.
Veterinarian Dr. Roberto S.
Margo indicated that the dog was a
family pet living near the center of
Roma. He said that the animal was
sent to Austin for analysis on
Monday, March 8, with state
authorities providing official word
two days later that the animal had
Margo emphasized, "This is an
alarming case because it was not an
obvious case of rabies and a number
of kids were involved, possibly
eight to 10 kids. I understand that
the youngsters are receiving the
The dog was approximately one
year old and was a family pet,
indicated the veterinarian.
Margo declared, "We sent the dog
in as a routine procedure. I am very
much surprised that it came back
The veterinarian staled, "The dog
was slobbering, had diarrhea and
was acting abnormally. Neither of
these symptoms (slobbering or
diarrhea) are signs of rabies." The
symptoms appeared to be signs of
distemper or Parvo disease, he said.
Margo noted that "one of the kids
had kissed the dog right on the
mouth...The dog didn't bite
anyone." The lack of rabies
symptoms shown by the dog, said
Margo, makes this episode a case of
Margo said, "The dog had been
vaccinated a week earlier. But the
dog had been bitten about four days
before the clinic." He noted that
authorities in Roma "are very much
The worsening rabies problem,
emphasized Margo, means dial pet
owners need lo keep a very close
eye on their pets and take great
caution in handling the animals.
There have been eighl confirmed
cases of rabies in Starr County in
1993 alone and 100 confirmed cases
and one human fatality since the
outbreak began in September 1988
An El Sauz woman died in August
1991 after being exposed lo the
There were 13 confirmed cases of
rabies in Starr County in 199?, 11
cases in 1991 and 37 cases in 1990.
Margo noted that a series of
clinics will be carried out all across
the county in the next eight days. A
schedule of the clinics is printed
elsewhere in this edition of The Rio
(See RABIES, Page 8)
Jury acquits Flores of
capital murder charge
A Starr County 229th District
Court jury voted Tuesday afternoon
lo find Jorge Alberto Flores not
guilty of capital murder in
connection with the slaying of a
74-year-old Rio Grande City man in
The jury's verdict came Tuesday
afternoon at 2:30 p.m. after two
hours of deliberation. Testimony in
the trial began on Wednesday,
Flores had been charged with
capital murder in the slaying of
Lazaro Barrera, wi>" was shot «o
death in his home late on the
evening of Sept. 15, 1992. Ruben
Villarreal and Ruben Clarke,
originally charged with capital
murder, pleaded guilty to lesser
charges of murder in January and
testified for the prosecution in the
District Attorney Heriberto Silva
told The Rio Grande Heraid late
Tuesday afternoon, "I disagree with
the jury's verdict" Silva added, "He
(Flores) admitted to the burglary,
but claimed that the other man,"
fired the fatal shots.
Silva said that Flores faces
burglary charges in connection with
the break-in at Barrera's home. He
stated that Flores is awaiting trial
on this charge.
Silva indicated on Friday, March
12 that the state had waived seeking
the death penalty if Flores was
Flores' defense attorney was Jose
Luis Ramos of Rio Grande City
The Herald attempted to contact
Ramos for comment late Tuesday
afternoon, but he was unavailable.
Alaniz among NACo officials
meeting with President
WASHINGTON, D.C.- County
Commissioner Reynaldo Alaniz of
Starr County was among a group of
county officials from the National
Association of Counties (NACo)
Board of Directors who met with
President Bill Clinton at die White
House on March 2 to discuss the
President's economic plan for
The President thanked the group
for their support and encouraged
them to speak to their
representatives in Congress about
voting for the plan's adoption.
The NACo board, meeting at its
Legislative Conference in
Washington, D.C., voted on Feb.
28 to endorse the economic plan,
which provides for a stimulus to
the economy, deficit reduction and
President Clinton told the group
that the efforts to get the plan
adopted by Congress are going well
and support is growing on Capitol
However, he noted that some
members of Congress are not
hearing from their constituents
about the need for the economic
stimulus portion of the plan, and he
suggested that the county officials
talk with the people they serve
about the importance of the
The economic stimulus is the
centerpiece of the President's
proposal and provides for spending
an additional $16 billion in fiscal
year 1993 on infrastructure and
programs assisting needy
County officials want Congress
to move quickly on this measure
and enact a supplemental
appropriations bill which would
include the following programs:
* $4 billion for transportation for
highways, bridges, transit, rail and
* $2.5 billion for Community
Development block grants.
* $1 billion for summer youth
* $845 million for sewage
treatment revolving loan funds.
* $200 million for AIDS
* $500 million for Head Start;
* $715 million for rural
development, including rural water
and wastewater programs.
The NACo board reiterated its
support for meaningful deficit
reduction measures that include
spending reductions in defense,
foreign aid and domestic programs,
as well as for increased revenues.
County officials continue to oppose
unfunded mandates and cuts in
domestic programs that shift new
costs to state and local
for teachers, which is rivaled by few
in South Texas.
(5) "Firm believers in
maintaining a bank balance which
reflects that the Roma ISD does not
waste money. We arc solvent.
(6) "Believe in hiring the best
qualified teachers and
(7) "Part of a group who arc
responsible for many improvements
to our school district -- adding 36
new classrooms to our high school,
building a new high school two
years ago, adding a new band hall
and a new agriculture pavilion.
(8) "Proposed new school for
The three Roma ISD trustees pictured above haw filed for re-election. Krom left to
right are Gilberto Resendez, Hector E. Salinas and Israel Rodriguez.. Three Roma
ISD trustee positions will be on the ballot for the May 1 election.
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