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YISD hosts packed "community coffee" event

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 10:28pm

It was a packed house for the first of seven community coffees hosted by Superintendent Dr. Zolkoski for YISD.

Kids performed for their parents, teachers and classmates Wednesday night in a packed gymnasium at Desert View Middle school.

"It's never been that big before," said YISD student Lily Russell.

Wednesday's event is the beginning of a series of open forums for the school community.

"Just to know what's going on that way it helps us guide our child knowing what the expectations of the district," said YISD parent George Ramirez.

Parents and teachers got together to listen and ask questions.

“It's great to listen to the community's concerns. We get our community involved and we also get to listen and understand our parents and faculty and staff to voice their opinions to the superintendent," said YISD teacher Bianca Espinoza.

Doctor Zolkoski said these forums keep the schools and parent focused on the students.

"The schools belong to the community and these are their schools and we need to know what they're thinking and their opinions are of value," said Zolkoski.

One student was excited to see her sister sing as part of the performances.

" Happy, because we get to see my sister perform," said YISD student Mia Lopez.

Patricia Ayala, the spokesperson for YISD says these open forums are what keep the lines of communication open for parents.

"We've always believed Ysleta is family. This is what distinguishes us from other districts. We started them last year as a way to communicate to the parents, what we're all about, what we're doing," said Ayala.

The next community coffee is Tuesday October 30th at Sageland Elementary School.

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