July Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

July is vacation time for many of you, however in the Pendergast District we are continuing our planning for the 2018-19 school year. One of the most important parts of our planning is the safety and security of our students, staff, families and the communities that we serve. With school safety at the forefront in everyone’s minds, we wanted to share the safety and security measures we take to protect our campuses from harm in order to focus on our educational goals.

Each of our campuses has a secured perimeter, with high fences that are locked after school starts each day with one entrance. All Pendergast campuses are closed, meaning parents, guardians and visitors must sign in and sign out each time they are on campus, with proper identification. We have crisis teams in place at our schools and the district office that are trained regularly to ensure they are ready to address any emergency situation that may occur. Our Director of Maintenance has done an excellent job ensuring that our staff is updated with our crisis manuals and most recent information on preparing for any type of crisis. We have outstanding working relationships with the Police Departments in Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix, the cities served by PESD.

Communication is a vital component of our safety plan and we use School Messenger to send out information when any type of situation should occur that could disrupt the learning process for our students. Our goal is to handle each situation immediately and communicate the information and the outcome with our families. We seek to be your source for accurate and timely messages.

We view safety as a partnership and ask that parents read our student handbook to be aware of the policies and procedures we use to keep our schools well managed. We have implemented a Quick Tip line that is a system that allows students, parents, staff and community members to submit information to district administrators anonymously or non-anonymously. Any tip is immediately followed up with so problems can be resolved and necessary information provided to ensure a safer school community for all.

Thanks to the passage of the 2016 Bond, school offices are being redesigned with safety in mind. To date, plans are in place to remodel Amberlea, Canyon Breeze, Rio Vista, Sunset Ridge, Sonoran Sky and Villa De Paz Schools. Additional dollars are being spent for upgrades to fire alarms and security systems. Safety and security are continuous on our minds because we know the value they contribute to the optimal learning environment for our students.

Remember, Pendergast is the district that believes in YOU! Please connect with us on Facebook, through Twitter and our PESD website!

Pendergast is the District that “Bee”-lieves in YOU!

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Proud Pendergast Superintendent

About Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Lily Matos DeBlieux was born in New York City, New York where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. In 1973, the family moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college.  Her professional preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PhD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also obtained a Business Administration (BA) degree from the University of Puerto Rico.  Her past experiences include being a teacher, elementary principal, middle school dean, director of religious education at a military base, assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, English for speakers of other languages instructor, business owner, and community volunteer.  Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true calling: education.

Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. Pendergast District is in the West Valley serving 12 schools and approximately 10,000 students in Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix. Lily’s leadership motto is, “All decisions will be made in the best interests of students.” On her signature is a bee. She has adopted this as her theme because aerodynamically the bee shouldn’t be able to fly but it does. She “BEE”-lieves in the potential of education to change the lives of children and is excited to work with a school board that supports moving the school district to the next level of student achievement.

Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community.  She is active in many civic organizations and is passionate about bettering her community as an investment in the future of the students in the district.  She is married and has two grown children and a new grandchild.