Arenas, Quezada Elected to PESD Board Leadership Positions 2017 officers to continue tradition of school and district achievement and excellence

Jose Arenas and Senator Martin Quezada were elected as Pendergast District president and vice-president respectively at the Governing Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Arenas was re-elected to a second term as president and brings his wealth of experience as a parent, grandparent, teacher, principal, and currently an administrator for the Phoenix Union High School District. Quezada, an attorney, currently serves as a state senator representing Legislative District #29 in Maryvale and Glendale. Martin was elected to the Senate in the 2014 General Election after serving two terms in the Arizona State House of Representatives and re-elected as senator in 2016. Both Arenas and Quezada have a strong belief that “every child will succeed in Pendergast and they both make decisions that are always in the best interest of students.”

Arenas was also honored during the meeting for his service as president of the board last year and was thanked for his commitment and leadership to the schools and District. Arenas, along with his family, was instrumental in organizing the Pendergast Foundation Toy Drive as well as devoting countless volunteer hours to the betterment of students and the district.

Prior to the board election, re-elected board members Jose Arenas, Ruben Gutiérrez and Hilda Ortega-Rosales were each sworn in by Judge Joe Guzman for another four-year term in office. The Governing Board, together with Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, superintendent of Pendergast District is responsible for setting the course of the district through the District Strategic Plan’s vision, beliefs and mission.

Dr. Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast superintendent, reflects on the board and district’s accomplishments. “The Pendergast board is comprised of a group of dedicated individuals who share a collective vision of providing the best educational experience for students, staff, families and the communities they represent. Their leadership serves as a role model for others and inspires all of us daily. It is an honor and a privilege to work with them.”

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