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Ysleta ISD asking for public’s help to name two new schools

On Tuesday, Ysleta Independent School District officials announced that the district is taking recommendations for the names of two schools under construction in the district.

Students from Desert View and Indian Ridge middle schools will benefit from a newly built campus in the Hanks area. The school will be built behind the current Indian Ridge Middle School.

The community will also have the opportunity to rename Capistrano Elementary School in the Ysleta area.

The campus will serve students from South Loop and Capistrano elementary schools at the current Capistrano campus starting the 2020-2021 school year.

Nominations must be completed on the YISD Nomination Form to Name a New School/Facility (link below).

The form should be submitted along with supplemental material via electronic mail to or by mail to

YISD School Naming Committee c/o Public Relations Dept.

9600 Sims Drive

El Paso, TX 79925.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 10, 2020.

Click here to visit the 2019 Bond project webpage   |   Click here to download the nomination form.

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.

YISD’s Covey Wins Prestigious Leadership Award from US Department of Education

Paul Covey, principal of Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) in the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD), has won the coveted 2017 Terrel H. Bell Award for serving as an outstanding school leader and playing a vital role in guiding students and schools to excellence, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday.

Covey, who has led the 400-student VVECHS since 2009, was one of only eight principals in the nation – and the only principal in the state of Texas – to win this year’s Bell Award.

It is named in honor of the second U.S. Secretary of Education, who held education as his highest priority and trusted that all students would find it as their personal key to success, just as he had.

Bell Award winners are chosen every year from among the principals whose campuses are designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools. The principals nominated for this award are committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools and doing whatever it takes to help their students meet high standards, officials said.

“It’s a privilege to honor this year’s Bell awardees and to recognize them for their achievement,” DeVos said. “Through their work, these principals show that when effective leadership is coupled with high expectations, we can expect great results for all of our nation’s students.”

Covey and the other seven Bell Award winners are dedicated to education as both a powerful and liberating force in people’s lives, officials said. They will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.

VVECHS was the 11th YISD school to become a National Blue Ribbon School.

At VVECHS, students commit to a rigorous, four-year curriculum in order to graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College.

About 93 percent of its graduates go on to attend four-year colleges and universities.

Under Covey’s leadership, the school has been recognized multiple times as an Apple Distinguished School, a Texas Early College High School Demonstration School, and was listed in 2016 as the top-ranked public high school in the El Paso region by U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek.

A brief summary of Covey’s work at VVECHS is available online.

YISD Announces Two New Leaders at Ysleta Middle, Ysleta ISD HQ

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) announced on Monday the recent appointment of David Gonzalez as the principal of Ysleta Middle School, and Naomi Esparza as the new YISD Director of Academics for Middle Schools.

David Gonzalez Gonzalez, a graduate of Riverside High School, began his career in education in 2003 as an English teacher at Parkland High School.

He went on to serve as an English teacher and student activities director at Riverside High School before working as an assistant principal in the Clint Independent School District (CISD).

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from UTEP, and a master’s degree in education from Sul Ross University.

Gonzalez’s new job duties as Ysleta Middle School principal take effect Monday, July 17.


Naomi Esparza Esparza is a graduate of Hanks High School and a 26 year veteran in education with 13 years teaching experience and 13 years administrative experience. She began her career as an English teacher in Socorro ISD at Montwood High School then went on to teach English at Americas High School.

She later served as a middle school assistant principal at Col. John O. Ensor Middle School in SISD and as a high school assistant principal at Mountain View High School in Clint ISD.  She returned to Col. John O. Ensor Middle School where served as principal. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from UTEP.

Esparza’s new job duties as Director of Academics for Middle Schools take effect Monday, July 24.

EPCC Adopts Ramona Elementary School

El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Ramona Elementary School as part of its elementary school adoption program during a proclamation ceremony held at the school.

During the ceremony, EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre, Ramona Principal Irene Medlin and the student body to the program. EPCC is committed to increasing the number of students going to college in our region.

By building strong elementary school and college connections through campus tours, workshops, presentations, outreach programs and parental involvement, EPCC is building a college going culture where “college begins in kindergarten”.

“A student is never too young to learn the importance of going to college,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. “Reaching out toEPCC Adoption_Proclamation_HiRes elementary school students and their parents allows students to learn that higher education is within their reach and we build a college-going culture.”

Ramona Elementary School is EPCC’s third school adopted and first for the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD).

Previously EPCC adopted Campestre Elementary from the Socorro Independent School District (SISD) and Frederick Douglass Elementary from the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD).

EPCC has plans to continue adopting elementary schools across the city.

Ysleta ISD: Season Tickets to be Sold for all HS Football Home Games

For the first time ever, the public will be able to buy 2016 season tickets with reserved VIP seating for home football games at all seven high schools in the Ysleta Independent School District, thanks to generous underwriting from Viva Auto Group.

Football season tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, Aug. 15, in the business office at each of the seven YISD high school campuses. The season tickets are good only for admission to the home football games at the school where the tickets were purchased.

Ticket prices are $40 per person at schools with five home games – Del Valle, Eastwood, Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta – and $32 per person at Bel Air High School, which has only four home football games this year. Season tickets must be paid by cash or check only.

Thanks to its partnership with Viva Auto Group, season ticketholders will be able to watch home football games from the comfort of individual stadium seats that include sturdy chair backs.

This reserved VIP seating will also be located in a prime viewing area of the stadium.

In addition, YISD officials said 2016 season ticketholders will have the option to purchase seats in this reserved VIP area for home football playoff games (prices may vary). They will also receive the first opportunity to renew their season tickets in 2017.

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