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San Benito cooking hot elections as Cruz-Vela faces ex-superintendent

SAN BENITO — On San Benito’s fiery political stage, the May 4 election’s shaping up like a scorcher, with Theresa Servellon, the school district’s past superintendent, challenging Ariel Cruz-Vela, a leader in the board of trustees’ new majority, for her seat on the school board.

Mental health grants awarded to Valley school districts

The Region One Education Service Center announced two new grants for Region One school districts with the Department of Counseling and Mental Health helping to support the districts with resources and training.

San Benito museum jump-starts Valentine’s Day tradition

SAN BENITO — The bands are gearing up to play one of conjunto music’s biggest Valentine’s Day dances.

San Benito CISD places contractor in default in $40 million bond project

San Benito school district officials are considering taking steps including launching a re-construction of a $40 million bond funded project as a result of foundation flaws while finding its contractor in default of a contract as an 11th-month shutdown pushes the project at least a year behind schedule.

San Benito CISD denies holding back info in $40 million project shutdown

SAN BENITO — Facing residents’ concerns, school board members say they’re “not withholding any information” behind a $40 million bond-funded construction project’s 10-month shutdown.

Family, friends mourn death of former San Benito school board president

SAN BENITO — Family and friends are remembering former San Benito school board President Michael Vargas as a passionate community leader who fought to better public education.

Valley school districts boosted test scores last year

HARLINGEN — The state’s new report cards show the Rio Grande Valley’s biggest school districts boosted their test scores over the previous year’s grades, while most posted slightly lower grades than the Texas average.

Auditors give San Benito ‘clean opinion’ as district builds cash reserve

SAN BENITO — Overcoming a drop in federal coronavirus pandemic recovery money, officials scored high marks on the school district’s annual financial audit, which cited a massive cash reserve.

Family, friends gathering to honor San Benito’s M.L. Garcia

SAN BENITO — Family and friends are coming together to honor M.L. Garcia, a former San Benito school board trustee treasured as a teacher who helped her students' characters shine.

Friends remember beloved San Benito school board member

SAN BENITO — Friends are remembering M.L. Garcia as a devoted school board trustee and beloved teacher who taught her students to become “selfless leaders.”