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Lucilla Davila
Superintendent of Schools
ldavila@d15.us

To View the 23-24 State of the District, please visit here!

23-24 State of the District Presentation

The superintendent is the District’s executive officer and is responsible for the administration and management of the district schools in accordance with Board of Education policies, directives, and state and federal law.

Jaime Durkowski
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board
jdurkowski@d15.us

Dear MSD15 Community,

As I'm writing this, students are enjoying their summer break and are preparing for another strong year at Marquardt School District 15. In my conversations across the District, I am learning about all of the incredible things about MSD15 and I am delighted to join in on the District's success starting this July. As we continue planning for the next school year ahead, we will grow upon our mission of creating a space where all students develop the skills to create a better world through innovation, communication, equity, and collaboration.

First, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I am the proud mother of two adult children. I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before moving to the United States. I attended college in the Midwest, receiving my undergraduate degree and Master's of Education from the University of Minnesota. From Saint Mary's University, I received my K-12 Principal Licensure. I later received my Superintendent Licensure from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In 2014, I was the first Latina appointed to serve as an Associate Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. Another significant leadership accomplishment was the creation of Alma Flor Ada Spanish Immersion Early Learning Academy in Woodbury, Minnesota to address to the growing demand for both Spanish Immersion programs and authentic Spanish instructional materials. Most recently, as Chicago Public Schools' Chief of Schools in Network 8, I served schools on the city's southwest side by supporting principals in creating rich and rigorous learning environments that are both culturally and linguistically responsive to their respective communities.

With the Board of Education's input and support, I have put together an overview of my first 100 days with Marquardt School District 15. This list includes areas I would like to see evolve here at the District, some areas we can learn more about, and of course, get the opportunity to connect with all MSD15 community members. It also includes tangible ways I can contribute by listening, learning, sharing, building, and planning.

To highlight a few points, the 100-Day Plan includes Transition, Entry, and Strategic Planning:

  • Relationship building: I will build public trust and confidence capital through engaging directly with District 15 stakeholders in the spirit of honest, transparent communication and positively seeking to learn and understand at both the individual and systems levels.
  • Transition planning with Interim Superintendents
  • Operational effectiveness: I will increase internal organizational effectiveness and efficiency to ensure high performance and excellent support to schools, families, and our communities.
  • Educational equity evaluation: Educational Equity involves a whole-child approach to the work of schools.
  • Cultural excellence: I will establish a respectful, positive district culture, centered on teaching, learning, and service.

It is with great excitement that we begin planning Superintendent Meet-and-Greets with the community and so much more. Please be on the lookout for more communication coming very soon.

I believe that strong partnerships between families, schools, and the community are essential to the success of our students. I encourage you to stay involved in your child's education and to communicate with us regularly.

One of my favorite quotes is from Oprah Winfrey who once said, “Know what sparks a light in you, then use that light to illuminate the world." Together, we can ignite and pass on a passion for learning. Our meaning partnership can spark a mindset in our students that will inspire a lifetime of learning, productivity, and opportunity. This can lead the way toward a brighter future.

Sincerely,

Ms. Lucilla Davila
Superintendent of Schools

 

District Communication to MSD15 Families