July Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

The Pendergast District Governing Board voted unanimously on June 4, 2019 for a 15% Override Renewal Election on November 3, 2019. The proposed M&O override authorizes the district to spend above the state budget limit through local voter support by an additional 15% to provide for programs and services up to and above those funded by the state.

M&O stands for Maintenance and Operations which is where the district pays for its daily operating expenses; Salary, Benefits, Supplies and Purchased Services.  The District’s last authorized override was in the election of November 2015. The override is supported by a property tax that is levied on the total assessed valuation of the district (Businesses and Homes)  Overrides last for 7 years, with years 1 through 5 at the full 15% of funding, year 6 is 2/3 of the 15% funding and year 7 (final year) is 1/3 of the 15%. The override generated $7.0 Million for the FY2017 School Year.

This election is a renewal of the existing override and the continued funding will be supported by the continuation of the existing property tax. There is NO INCREASE in TAXES as a result of renewing the M&O Budget Override.

Override funds will enable the District to:

  • Maintain an average teacher-pupil ratio of approximately 27 students to 1 teacher, including current teaching positions supported by the existing override. The override will also enable the District to add new teaching positions as enrollment increases.
  • Maintain a critical focus on student learning during their early years by providing free full day kindergarten at all sites and/or the staff resources to support teachers in the areas of reading (phonics) and math instruction.
  • Enhance student learning opportunities and enrichment activities for all District children.  The current override provides programs in music, art and physical education.
  • Support programs in counseling, health and wellness and library services.

The District is committed to responsible stewardship of the Override funds and is fully accountable on how these voter approved funds are spent.  Arizona law requires the District to comply with what was listed in the Voter Pamphlet or be in violation of Arizona state law.

We will continue to update the community on the facts of the Override and we invite everyone to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and through our website. If you would like additional information about the override election, feel free to contact Nedda Shafir at nshafir@cox.net or 602-684-4806.

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Proud Pendergast Superintendent


About Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux was born in New York, N.Y. where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. Her family then moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college.

Lily's educational preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PHD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Her experiences are varied and include serving as a teacher, elementary school principal, middle school dean of students, assistant superintendent, adjunct university professor, English as a Second Language Instructor, director of religious education at a military base, business owner, and community volunteer. Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true love; education.

Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as the first bi-lingual, Latina Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. She feels privileged to work in an environment with dedicated individuals and a Governing Board that supports "empowering excellence and success."

In her spare time, Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community. She is active in many community organizations including The Hispanic Leadership Institute, Glendale West Rotary, Leadership West Class XXII, City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and others. Lily is sought after as a motivational speaker and, in 2015, she founded the organization Si no yo, quién? LLC to provide training to empower women to reach new heights in their personal and professional lives.