June Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

Welcome to June! Many people think our schools and district office take the summer off but it is when we are on to prepare everything for the upcoming school year! Thanks to our voters who supported the November 2016 passage of our Bond for $59.9 million, we now have funds to restore, renovate and provide upgrades to existing systems.

Before a Bond is passed, the District creates a set of priorities the money would be used for, and once passed, the Bonds are sold and the plan and timelines are put into place to spend the funds prudently. The state regulates how money is spent and Pendergast carefully adheres to all procurement rules and regulations to ensure the District is accountable to the taxpayers for all projects and funds.

As part of our Bond Communication Plan to keep you informed, the following projects have been approved and are in process this summer, ready for the new school year beginning on August 3, 2017. Our Bond Oversight Committee comprised of staff, students, parents and community members has been working hard and we invite you to check out the Bond website and attend our next meeting that will be held on August 15 at 5:00 p.m. at the Pendergast Learning Center located at 3841 N 91st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037.

  • Restroom Renovation at Desert Horizon, Villa De Paz and Garden Lakes Schools. The restrooms at these locations have not been updated since the initial construction of the buildings. The new design will bring all the student and staff restrooms in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, focus on water preservation and energy savings, low maintenance costs and modernization. The project is scheduled for completion by December 31, 2017.
  • Amberlea Roof Restoration: This site is the first of a districtwide roof restoration project. The entire campus roof will be restored and upgraded. Estimated time of completion August 2017.
  • District wide copier replacement: The District is replacing all outdated copier/scanners at all sites with new RICOH black and white and color copiers. Each site will receive two Black and White and one color copier. This project will be completed by September 2017.
  • Districtwide Playground restoration: All playgrounds have been evaluated for safety and will be receiving upgrades as needed. Currently all playground areas have received a wood chip refresh and the vendors replaced damaged equipment. This project will be completed by July 2017.
  • Garden Lakes Roof Restoration: The District submitted a request to the School Facilities Board (SFB) for funding the restoration of the roof at Garden Lakes. The request has been approved, the roof has been evaluated and currently the district is preparing the requirements for bidding. Anticipated completion of this project is September 2017.
  • 2016-2017 eRate Wireless funding; the District was approved for approximately $1.5 million dollars for upgrading the Districtwide wireless connections. The project will be completed by October 2017. Upon completion, all sites will have unlimited access to the Internet and every location at the sites will have Internet access both indoors and outdoors.
  • 2017-2018 eRate Wireless upgrade phase 2: The District was approved for $200,000 funding from Universal Service Administrative Company to proceed to Phase 2 of wireless upgrades. This phase adds additional access outside the schools so teachers can teach using technology outdoors. This project will be completed by December 2017.

To stay informed, please connect with us on our Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Remember, Pendergast “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.