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Montebello school officials conduct meetings over coffee

MONTEBELLO — In an effort to continue engaging Montebello Unified School District parents and community members, the district has launched a “Coffee with the District” series, a spokesperson said.

The inaugural program aims to bring parents, teachers, district administrators, board members and the community together to discuss topics of interest in an open, casual atmosphere.

Approximately 50 attended the first event held in the District Office Board Room on Jan. 21, which included words from school board President Edgar Cisneros, board member Lani Cupchoy, and Superintendent of Education Susanna Contreras Smith.

To kick off the series, a presentation on the district’s highlights, goals and programs and services was made by Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Anthony Martinez.

Following the presentation, guests were invited to discuss topics with board members, executive cabinet members and staff with light refreshments and coffee in the district office patio.

Spanish interpretation and child care services were also available, the spokesperson said.

“With so many changes and shifts in education, it is our job to not only keep our families and community informed, but to also be available to answer questions and engage in dialogue regarding these topics,” Smith said.

“This series simply presents another way to open the lines of communication and address any questions parents may have regarding their students’ education.”

A second “Coffee with the District” will be held Feb. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the District Office, 123 S. Montebello Blvd.

The series will continue to be held on the last Wednesday of every month through the end of the school year, the spokesperson said.

Subsequent coffees will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 25, 9 to 11 a.m. April 29 and 9 to11 a.m. May 27.

Information: (323) 887-7900.