May Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

It is hard to believe that next year will be 2020, a new decade and an opportunity for us to tell you about an important upcoming event. Our governing board, administration and staff is fully committed to participating and assisting with the 2020 Census and educating our residents and students about its value.

Every decade since 1790, the United States Census Bureau has conducted a constitutionally mandated census to determine the number of people living in the United States and its territories. Why is this important and what does it mean to Pendergast District? The data from the census is used by our nation’s leaders to help make vital decisions on behalf of all residents, including how many representatives each state gets in Congress. It is also used to redraw district election boundaries. These counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021 to help make these types of decisions.

Communities such as ours rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of local resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Businesses make use of census data to determine where to open places to shop. Most important is, through the census information, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities such as ours based on the key data they learn from the Census Bureau.

For the first time in 2020, thanks to new technology, residents will be able to have numerous ways to fill out the census form. Online, phone and mail in will all be available to use. Most importantly, all data is confidential and never sold, released to immigration enforcement agencies such as ICE, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI or police, or allowed it to be used to determine eligibility for any government benefits. Additionally, the data is never used to identify individuals by name. By law, the data is used generically and is kept safe and secure.

The 2020 Census will officially begin on April 1, 2020, Census Day. Starting now, we are in the educational phase. Pendergast District is very much on board to working with our communities to provide information about the census and its impact for our district. We will have census presentations at our May parent lunch, an upcoming Community Breakfast, at various district and school events, on our website, on our social media, and in our school newsletters.

For more information go to www.census.gov or follow the census updates on Twitter @uscensusbureau.  The census makes sense and cents for Pendergast District!

Please stay informed by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook and on our website, and please remember, 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.