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<ul><li><p>M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM 1</p><p>March/April 2015</p><p>S T A R T I N G T H E C O N V E R S A T I O N</p><p>THE AIRPORT RACE</p><p>SINK ORSWIM</p><p>\</p><p>Are competing cities choking the future of air travel in the Rio Grande Valley? </p><p>McAllen ISD approves a </p><p>historic bond issuance </p><p>LIFE AT SPIS SPRING </p><p>BREAKHEALTH CARE</p><p>ON THE GOValley Care Clinics brings the doctors </p><p>office to your doorstep</p></li><li><p>your everyday.</p><p>L I G H T I N G &amp; H O M E D C O R</p><p>( 9 5 6 ) 6 8 2 - 6 9 8 6 | 4 8 0 1 N . 1 0 t h S t . M c A ll e n </p><p> w w w. i l l u m i n a ti o n s r g v. c o m</p><p>Illuminate</p></li><li><p>your everyday.</p><p>L I G H T I N G &amp; H O M E D C O R</p><p>( 9 5 6 ) 6 8 2 - 6 9 8 6 | 4 8 0 1 N . 1 0 t h S t . M c A ll e n </p><p> w w w. i l l u m i n a ti o n s r g v. c o m</p><p>Illuminate</p></li><li><p>R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 54</p></li><li><p>Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District has rapidly become a state and national leader in creating academic opportunities for all students. A tri-city public school district offering a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum, PSJA caters to a 32,000 student body and is focused on graduating all students College Ready, College Connected and College Complete.</p><p>With a High School Completion Rate of almost 97 percent, PSJA ISD is leading the region, state and nation in the percent of students graduating from High School. PSJA has a very successful Early College program, with four High Schools designated as Early College and almost 3,000 High School students enrolled in College courses each semester through dual and concurrent enrollment programs. Some of PSJAs most successful programs such as the Dual Language Program, Early College Initiative and Dropout Recovery Program have been highlighted nationally for effectively closing the gap in post-secondary educational attainment.</p><p>AT PSJA ISD ALL STUDENTS CAN: EARN COLLEGE CREDIT (up to an Associate Degree or 2 years of College FREE)</p><p>GRADUATE BILINGUAL AND BILITERATE</p><p>BE PART OF ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE &amp;</p><p>RENOWNED FINE ARTS PROGRAMS</p><p>COMPLETE EARLY! GO FAR!START COLLEGE NOW!</p><p>PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT</p><p></p></li><li><p>M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM 7</p></li><li><p>R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 58</p><p>STAY UP TO DATE ON LOCAL EVENTS @WWW.TWITTER.COM/RGVISIONMAG</p><p>FOR A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK @WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/RGVISIONMAG</p><p>JOIN US ON FACEBOOK @WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RGVISIONMAGAZINE</p><p>Copyright by rgVision Publications Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without expressed written permission of the publisher is prohibited. The opinions and views expressed in the magazine dont necessarily reflect those of our advertisers or collaborators. rgVision magazine is published </p><p>bi-monthly and circulates 12,000 copies across the Rio Grande Valley in 389 locations with a direct mail distribution to major hospitals and Superintendents within Region 1. The rgVision office is located at 1100 E. Jasmine McAllen, TX 78501 ste 201.</p><p>To receive an annual subscription of RgVision publications for $29.99, email</p><p>VISIT WWW.RGVISIONMAGAZINE.COM</p><p>Deciding to take the road less traveled, or moving in a direction that is not the most popular by choice is permissible ONLY IF we have acknowledged the brutal honesty of that fact. We have to train our eyes on the final destination, whatever you believe that to be. </p><p>Likewise, the mission statement behind RGVision can be defined as having the ability to see past oneself in order to benefit the greater good. Sharing RGVision Magazine across the Rio Grande Valley means to entice and encourage that philosophy, and in the process gain a regional sense of civic pride. </p><p>Our cover story on the abundance of airports within the Rio Grande Valley region found that there is still a disconnect between the cities here. It's a testament, looking into that point where all the positive talk about regionalism from our leaders </p><p>breaks down, and we are left with some very old challenges that need to be overcome if we are to join our rightful place in the global dialogue. </p><p>This is the legacy we have hoped for, and will continue to strive for in each issue.</p><p>We look forward to sharing your legacy! If you are interested in advertising or sharing your sto-ry please contact us at (210) 618-8930 or email</p><p>Thank you for picking up this issue! Stay informed, educated, and inspired. </p><p> "Wisdom: Knowledge rightly applied. We assimilate lots of knowledge. Whether or not we do anything with that knowledge is a measure of our wisdom. That implies some change ... and change can be diff icult." - Hyrum W. Smith</p><p>Mark 3:24 -25And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. </p><p>And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.</p></li><li><p>M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM 9</p><p>FOR A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK @WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/RGVISIONMAG</p><p>EDITORIAL MANAGER </p><p>JOEY GOMEZ</p><p>GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR</p><p>MARIELA PEA</p><p>GRAPHIC DESIGNER </p><p>ALEXANDRIA RIVERA</p><p>BUSINESS CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR</p><p>BILL MARTIN, CFP</p><p>HEALTHCONTENT CONTRIBUTOR</p><p>ALFONSO MERCADO, PH.D.</p><p>HEALTHCONTENT CONTRIBUTOR</p><p>DAVID SAUCEDA, M.D.</p><p>CONTRIBUTING WRITERSANNIE SYKES</p><p>RACHEL ZANARDILAURI REVILLAMARCOS SOLIS</p><p>ADRIANA DOMINGUEZMARITZA GALLAGALETTY FERNANDEZAUDREY OCAAS</p><p>ANNE PRADOJOE LILLI</p><p> CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERSIVAN RAMIREZ</p><p>JOHN FAULKCLARK TERRELLJOHNNY QUIROZ</p><p>JAMES HORD </p><p>For advertising information, please call us at 210.618.8930 or e-mail us at</p><p>For editorial comments and suggestions, pleasesend e-mails to</p><p>STAFF</p></li><li><p>R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 510</p><p>Sink or Swim 12McAllen ISD approves a historic bond issuance to improve its facilities</p><p>UTRGV Diabetes Center 30An unparalleled opportunity for researchers and medical students</p><p>History is Made 20Harlingen CISD opens Harlingen School of Health Professions facility </p><p>Its All about Pride 24 San Benito CISD selects a new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mark Puig</p><p>ON THE COVER</p><p>TABLE OFCONTENTS</p><p>Were On A Mission 26PSJA and DHR make their move, addressing the future of healthcare</p><p>Preparing Engineers 16Engineering programs continue to grow with UTRGV</p><p>THE </p><p>AIRPORT RACE</p><p>With three major airports within roughly 70 miles,are competing cities choking the future of air travel in the Rio Grande Valley? This isaglimpse into the race for business, and the competitive world within theValleys top airports.</p><p>By Joey Gomez | Illustration by Mariela Pena</p><p>EDUCATION</p><p>pg. 34</p></li><li><p>M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM 1111</p><p>March / April</p><p>Sudoscan 56A new test that evaluates sweat gland function through galvanic skin response</p><p>Affordable Homes 78A non-profit organization helping families in the Valley achieve home ownership</p><p>The Moody Clinic 52Helping Valley area children reach their highest potential for over sixty years</p><p>Carpe Noctem 82A monthly electronic music event known as the Squeeze Box </p><p>The Airport Race 34A glimpse into the competitive world within the Valleys top airports</p><p>Dr. Ravi Mydur, MD 58Bringing hope to the terminally diagnosed</p><p>Spring Break on SPI 84Life at the biggest beach party in Texas</p><p>CORE Business Solutions 30Are in the business of eliminating office chaos</p><p>The Robot Surgeon 60Dr. Mario del Pino brings the future of medicine to Rio Grande Regional Hospital</p><p>2015 VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2</p><p>United Brownsville 46A collaborative effort in leading the way to a stronger regional economy</p><p>24/7 Emergency Care 64Rio Grande Regional Hospital opens in Edinburg </p><p>Health Care on the Go 68Valley Care Clinic brings the doctors office to your doorstep </p><p>Lower Valley Dental 48Not just youre regular dental office</p><p>Tax-Efficient Investing 50Are you doing everything possible to improve your portfolios bottom line through tax-efficient investing? </p><p>HEALTH QUALITY OF LIFEBUSINESS</p></li><li><p>12 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5</p><p>EDUCATION</p><p>McAllen ISD approves a historic bond election to improve its facilities, infuriating county citizen groups who say the Valley cannot afford additional taxes. </p><p>by Joey Gomez</p></li><li><p>M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM 13</p><p>Over 40% of McAllen ISD facilities are </p><p>40 years old... or older</p><p>The original bond would have set aside </p><p> $440 MILLION in new construction upgrades</p><p>Facilities 50 years or older</p><p>$169 M$72 M</p><p>$67M</p><p>$129 M</p><p>Facilities 40 years or older</p><p>Facilities 30 years or older</p><p>All remaining facilities</p><p>TH</p><p>E FINA</p><p>NCIAL BREAKDOWN</p><p>Source: Facilities Forecast Advisory Committee</p><p>M cAllen ISD trustees and school administrators say they are at a crossroads when it comes to improving school facilities in the district. </p><p>Considering that a significant number of schools are over 40 years old, and an even greater number are over 20 years old, volunteers say they have con-cluded more than 18 months of work in which they were tasked to identify the needs of the district, and then prioritize those needs among 46 facilities. </p><p>At their regular school board meeting on Feb 23, the McAllen ISD Board of Trustees approved a reduced bond election scheduled for May 9. The amount on the ballot will be $297 million, with about one-third reallocated from the $440 million proposed. </p><p>Property tax implications of the $297 million bond issue, which may be sold in up to three pack-ages based on market condititions may result in a 17 cent per $100 valuation tax increase by 2020. </p><p>Administrators say projects funded through the $297 million bond should be complete by 2023.</p><p>We couldnt just fix what was broken, said Gina Millin, who is co-chair of the district's Facilities Forecast Advisory Committee, the entity that was charged with identifying the needs of schools in the district over an 18 month period. Once you start doing that, then you have to become compliant. We knew that option in the $200 million range was not going to cut it. Plus, we just didnt want to return McHi to the way it looked in 1962. We wanted to incorporate 21st century teaching styles into that facility and others across the district.</p><p>In one instance, volunteers say they looked at the lowest option, which was just fixing what was broken at the schools, and returning them to the condition they were in when they opened. The cost amounted to nearly $200 million, according to the FFAC.</p><p>The problem with that option, according to Mil-lin, is that when you have old schools, you dont have an ADA compliant basis. When you start to remodel them, then youre no longer grandfathered in, so you have to expand doorways, along with a whole range of other projects, Millin said. </p></li><li><p>EDUCATION</p><p>14 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5</p><p>The idea was like the McAllen Public Library. You cant tell it was once a Wal-Mart. Thats the kind of transformation we are talking about, where you keep the bones but you go in and gut certain </p><p>spaces and truly transform, Millin said.</p><p>Then the group started exploring the option of tearing down and building new.</p><p> The question posed was what if we took every building that was over 40 years of age, and we just demolished it and rebuilt it?, Millin said. When the numbers were calculated, the estimated cost to do that was in the $700 million range, which was not reasonable. </p><p>"So, then we started really exploring the buildings and whether they were structurally soundcould we incorporate a 21st century type of environment into these older schools? The answer was yes. The buildings were structurally sound, and yes we could do extensive remodeling to transform it, Millin said. </p><p>The FFAC consists of 165 volunteers from all areas of the district. The group says it has spent countless hours over the last 18 months reviewing all data to make a well reasoned recommendation to the MISD Board of Trustees regarding the pro-posed bond. </p><p>Nearly half of all schools at MISD are over 30 years old. Of the 33 schools in the district, six of those are 50 years old; four are over the age of 40; and 7 are over the age of 30.</p><p>The original bond was set to inject $440 million in new construction upgrades; including $169 million to facilities that are 50 years or older, $129 mil-lion for facilities 40 years or older, $72 million to facilities 30 years or older, and $67 million for all remaining facilities. </p><p>The idea was like the McAllen Public Library. You cant tell it was once a Wal-Mart. Thats the kind of transformation we are talking about, where you keep the bones but you go in and gut certain spaces and truly transform, Millin said. When we </p><p>did that, we ended up in the $400 million range, and then we kept going back and looking at num-bers. We brought in local builders and looked at their numbers and compared them to our numbers to make sure we were right on target when we con-sidered we wouldnt start building for another two to three years. Thats how we verified that the num-bers we were recommending were good numbers.</p><p>According to the FFAC, it is imperative to make the investment now for a variety of reasons. School district buildings will get worse over time, and will become more expensive to renovate. Also, the dis-trict will save millions in interest by locking in at todays current low rates. </p><p>The numbers we are talking about are not un-</p><p>precedented, Millin said. They are not numbers that we have never dealt with before, and then the other thing is you get what you pay for. Even at the highest projected level, PSJA and Hidalgo will still be higher than McAllen residents. Look at the facilities that PSJA offers. They are paying higher taxes, but they have much better facilities. We are paying lower taxes, but our facilities are horribly outdated and in need of significant renovations.</p><p>There are some people who cannot see past the front door. For those people who are going to be moving to the Valley because of industry that is coming like Space-X or UT-RGV, these are pro-fessionals who want to see modern facilities, Mil-lin said.</p><p> At a school board meeting on Feb 29, the admin-istration said it was working to develop a solution that continues to ahdere to the FFAC's principles, while addressing the needs identified through the committee's extensive review. </p><p>Trustees say they have utilized a funding combi-</p></li><li><p>M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 5 R G V I S I O NM AG A Z I N E . C OM 15</p><p>The primary function of a school is to </p><p>educate. If they want to spend money, </p><p>hire some good teachers and pay them well.</p><p>nation that establishes the me...</p></li></ul>