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Raul Silguero
Raul Silguero Jr.

Standardizing employee pay

Human Resources Director Raul Silguero Jr. said a standardized classification and pay plan is expected to be presented for approval by Commissioners Court next month, with implementation in place for the April 30 payroll.

After months of review and input from departments, final changes should be ready for either the April 3 or April 10 Commissioners Court meeting, Silguero said.

There are two approvals needed, one from Commissioners Court and the other from the Civil Service Commission, which meets on April 19.

County Judge Ramon Garcia asked what the new plan will cost the county and nodded approvingly when Silguero reported that the changes will remain within or below the allocated budget.

"It won't cost the county any extra money to implement the step and grade plan; in fact we should see savings in the long run," said Silguero.

The implementation process will involve converting all positions in all departments to the plan and, with over 3,000 employees, that process will take several weeks to complete.

The new plan is the culmination of months of review and planning, which began with a committee led by Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, with Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu and County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr.

National School Breakfast Month Proclamation
L to R: Diana Vallejo and Ana Martinez, Edcouch-Elsa ISD Child Nutrition Program; Commissioners Court; Texas Hunger Initiative Regional Director Elaine Hernandez with THI volunteers Thiana Perez and Jessica Del Toro THI Americorp Vista.
School nutrition programs lauded
County Public Affairs Director Julia Sullivan presents proclamation Tuesday.

School nutrition programs feed thousands of students daily

Commissioners Court proclaimed March 2018 as National School Breakfast Month and encourages all residents to learn about good nutrition for themselves and their children.

"Thank you for taking this time to honor the nutrition departments in our schools," said Texas Hunger Initiative Regional Director Elaine Hernandez.  "Our main goal in providing meals is to make sure that no child goes hungry." 

The School Breakfast Program has served admirably since it was permanently established in 1975, and is dedicated to the health and well-being of the nation's children.

According to Hernandez, there are 16 public school districts in Hidalgo County participating in the USDA School Breakfast Program.

"We feed over five thousand children every day for breakfast," reported Anna Martinez with the Edcouch-Elsa ISD Child Nutrition Program.

There is evidence of continued need for nutrition education and awareness of the value of school nutrition programs, said Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, who sponsored the proclamation.

"A lot of school children go to school hungry, thank you for addressing hunger in a proactive way, and I also commend you all for all the effort you place into feeding students during the summer," said Fuentes.

IDEA Edinburg women's powerlifting team with Commissioner Joseph Palacios
IDEA Edinburg Eagles 3-A State Powerlifting Champions with Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios.
girls team

The 2018 Texas High School Women's Powerlifting Association State Championship Winners recognized in court

Tuesday's meeting was packed with friends and family of the IDEA Edinburg Lady Eagles Powerlifting state championship team as the team was recognized by Commissioners Court for their devotion and exceptional athleticism.

The Lady Eagles placed first in the 3A Division on March 17 in Waco, said Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who sponsored the resolution.

"I would like to commend our IDEA school and the achievements made by these young ladies," said Palacios.

Team members Ashley Martinez, Adriana Villafuerte, Jacqueline Peña, Valery Cano, Cristy Gonzalez, Sindy Garcia, Priscilla Garza, Melanie Morales and Monika Morales were led to success by their coaches Aida Gonzalez and Tomas Martinez.  

The team's coaches beamed with pride as they stood before Commissioners Court, and were congratulated by County Judge Ramon Garcia for their efforts in reaching excellence.

"You all should be praised for your hard work," said Garcia.

The team competed locally, winning three out of seven meets, in addition to the regional meet, advancing to the state level, where they became state champions. 

"Our girls have been working hard since early November," said Gonzalez. "They have been practicing from very early mornings to late evenings. Working and being dedicated as a team is what got them the state title."

In memoriam 

On behalf of Commissioners Court and the County of Hidalgo, we honor the memory of these three lovely ladies and express our deepest condolences to the family.
in memoriam

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