October Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

There are so many events happening and updates to provide and I want you to be informed, engaged and inspired as I am each day as I visit teachers, students, and classrooms in each of our twelve schools. Mark your calendars for November 4th at the Pendergast Community Center. It is the Pendergast Foundation’s first Color Run. Every school will be participating and it is sure to be great fun and an amazing opportunity to get exercise, socialize and help fundraise for the Pendergast Foundation where 100% of your donation goes to support PESD students and staff. Watch the Pendergast website for further information or to register.

If you are driving or walking around the district, you may have noticed signs letting you see “Your Bond Dollars at Work.” This is to let you know how much we appreciate your support in voting for our $59.9 million dollar bond in 2016 and how PESD is being accountable and good stewards with the funds. We will continue to provide updates so you know what improvements are being made to the schools and district to benefit our 10,200 students and staff members.

It is surprising for people to know that the majority of improvements to our schools and district come from ballot initiatives like the Bond passed in 2016. Like your homes, some of our schools are decades old and are in need of repairs and upgrades to keep them energy efficient, utilizing 21st Century learning environments and safety features. Assessments have been carefully conducted at each campus and recommendations made. Each project was bid according to state procurement regulations and contractors carefully chosen based on cost, reputation and completion. The following is a summary of the updates on your Bond Dollars at work in our schools and district to date:

Desert Mirage - The new Fire Alarm system is complete.

Garden Lakes, Villa de Paz and Desert Horizon - Construction has begun at the schools to update and remodel bathrooms and is expected to be completed by the Christmas holiday.

Villa De Paz - All classrooms will be renovated, including wall replacements, carpet and wet areas. Six classrooms will be renovated at a time with minimal disruption to student learning.

Amberlea - The roof project has been completed, and the building interior painting and tile is completed in the 400 building.

Buses - Three new buses have been ordered to replace older ones and will arrive in January 2018.

One-to-one Computing Initiative - Over 5,600 Chromebooks have been ordered to meet the one-to-one initiative in grades K - 5 for all schools.

Enjoy this beautiful time of year and I hope to see you at our schools and community events. We would love to connect with you through our Website, Facebook or Twitter.

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.