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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:16am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — After leading the Ysleta Independent School District for 4 years, superintendent Michael Zolkoski will retire September 1st, 2013. In an interview earlier this week, he cited "family health issues" as the reason behind his decision to retire, and said he will be relocating to East Texas to take care of his elderly parents.
At a school board meeting Wednesday evening, school board members accepted Zolkoski's retirement. At this point in time, they have not released any information about looking for a replacement.
Late last month, YISD board of trustees approved an internal audit of the district. We asked Zolkoski if the expected audit of YISD influenced his decision to leave.
"No, no. There's nothing wrong with this district," he said.
During his tenure as superintendent of El Paso's third-largest school district, Zolkoski helped raise test scores at YISD.
"Ysleta's always been a great district, even before I got here. I think my challenge was to pull it all together so that we could have a real great, great team together. In Ysleta, we're family," he said.
A vacancy at YISD will mark a third school district without a superintendent.
Clint Independent School District will consider candidates at meetings on Thursday and Friday.
Last week, board managers at EPISD voted to extend their interim superintendent's employment contract through October while they search for a permanent one.