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Long-Time Educators, Ysleta ISD Administrators Set To Retire at the End of February

After enjoying lengthy and distinguished careers in public education spanning more than four decades, Patrick O’Neill and Rebecca O’Neill have announced they will retire February 28 from the Ysleta Independent School District.

“The O’Neills’ expertise and experience in public education is absolutely unparalleled in the El Paso region. Their dedication to students, as well as their willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure the success of our schools, will be deeply missed. We are truly grateful for their unwavering service to Ysleta ISD, and wish them the best in the future and their much-deserved retirement,” said Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre.

Mr. O’Neill currently serves as our Chief Operations Officer, leading several YISD departments that include Facilities & Construction, TIS, Custodial Services, Transportation, Child Nutrition, Grounds, and Environmental Services.

Mrs. O’Neill is an Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools who oversees all elementary schools in the Bel Air, Eastwood, Hanks, and Parkland learning communities.

Mr. O’Neill began his career as a teacher at Hanks High School in 1975, where he remained for 15 years before being promoted to YISD Athletic Director. He left in 1992 to work at the Socorro and Clint school districts, returning to YISD from 1998-2007 as Athletic Director and Executive Director of Co-Curricular Programs and Safety Nets.

He left again in 2007 for a position at Socorro ISD, and made a final return to YISD in 2014.

Over the past five years, Mr. O’Neill has played a central role in the success of YISD Bond 2015, a $430.5 million facilities bond that has resulted in the construction of three new schools, as well as extensive renovations and upgrades in all seven YISD learning communities. He also coordinated a new district-wide initiative that has successfully increased student attendance across the district.

Mrs. O’Neill began her career as a teacher in 1972 at El Paso ISD, then moved to YISD in 1977, where she taught at several elementary schools.

In 1981, she was promoted to assistant principal at Glen Cove Elementary School, then served as principal at East Point, Vista Hills, Pasodale, Tierra Del Sol, and Mission Valley elementary schools through 2007 before leaving for a position at Socorro ISD. She returned to YISD in 2014 as Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools.

Under her leadership, campuses have implemented several strategic initiatives to drive and support a system of continuous improvement, as outlined in The District’s Vision 2020 Strategic Action Plan.

Upon their retirement and through the end of the 2018-19 school year, Chief Financial Officer Lynly Leeper will assume Mr. O’Neill’s responsibilities with support from Cabinet and Dr. De La Torre.

In addition, Dr. Brenda Chacon, Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools, will assume responsibility for all schools and departments currently under Mrs. O Neill’s direction.

Gallery+Story: Ysleta Mission Festival Underway

Our Lady of Mount Carmel kicked off their annual festival Friday, as people from all over the region headed to the Mission Valley for music, food and a good time.

With their legendary turkey legs, enchiladas, and more – it is more food than I should be eating in one meal. And the line up of bands mirrors the diversity that is El Paso and the Mission Valley.

The annual Ysleta Mission Festival, attracts tens of thousands of music lovers and family fun-seekers to the historic grounds of the 337-year- old Ysleta Mission, one of the oldest living and historic missions in the country.

The three-day festival event, held on the second weekend of July for nearly a century, is a celebration held in El Paso’s historic Mission Valley that brings together a dynamic mix of culture, music, arts and crafts, food, and games for the entire family.

Officials say that, “the event focuses on El Paso’s culture, history, and traditions, and serves as a family-friendly event embraced by the entire Mission Valley community…the festival hosts a variety of live music performances that highlight the best local talent in El Paso and the southwest region.”

In addition to the food and entertainment, the Ysleta Mission Festival is a family-friendly event which features carnival-style game booths, arts, and crafts displays; old-fashioned cake walks, Native-American cultural dancing, Mexican loteria, and much more, drawing a broad range of people from all over El Paso and the southwest region.

The event continues to draw larger crowds every year, with attendance surpassing 25,000 throughout the course of the three-day festival. Proceeds from the Ysleta Mission Festival provide much-needed financial support to operate, maintain, and preserve the nation’s second oldest mission and its surrounding buildings.

Photos by Steven Cottingham

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