Ysleta ISD to Hold Community Meetings on Parkland MS Renovation, Student Impact

The Ysleta Independent School District will hold several community meetings at Parkland-area elementary schools at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to provide more information to parents on the upcoming renovation of Parkland Middle School and its anticipated impact on students.

To prepare for this project, YISD officials will temporarily move Parkland-area sixth-graders from the middle school to the elementary schools in the 2016-2017 school year.

This means current fifth-graders at Desertaire, Dolphin Terrace, North Star, and Parkland elementary schools will remain at their respective schools for sixth grade in the upcoming year, and sixth-grade teachers will also temporarily move to elementary schools during this time period.

By moving sixth grade to the elementary schools for one year, YISD officials will effectively reduce the number of students impacted by the Parkland MS renovation. As such, Parkland MS will only serve students in grades 7-8 in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Since the passage of the YISD bond in November, YISD officials have worked to develop comprehensive plans for bond-funded construction, renovations, and upgrades at YISD schools.

Among the first bond projects to get under way is the renovation of the oldest portions of Parkland Middle School – this includes various classrooms as well as administrative and faculty areas.

YISD has invited all students and parents affected by the Parkland MS renovation to attend community meetings at each Parkland-area elementary school to discuss the situation and provide more information on the transition process.

All meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25th, in the gymnasium at the following schools:

 Desertaire Elementary School, 6301 Tiger Eye Drive;

 Dolphin Terrace Elementary School, 9790 Pickerel Drive;

 North Star Elementary School, 5950 Sean Haggerty;

 Parkland Elementary School, 6330 Deer Ave.