Tompkins Weekly Staff
ITHACA – A local administrator has been recognized as the best in the state.
Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown was honored last week by the New York State Council of School Superintendents as its 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year.
“Luvelle is truly deserving of this recognition for his leadership at the state and national levels, his effective and creative use of technology in education, and for his passion and dedication to the students within the Ithaca City School District,” said Council Executive Director Dr. Charles Dedrick in a prepared statement. “In fact, Luvelle was the first person who introduced me to the importance of social media in education and was one of the reasons why I joined Twitter when I was a district superintendent.”
Brown took over as head of ICSD in 2011. Since then, performance measures for the district have risen dramatically. In addition to an increased graduation rate – from 78 percent to 90 percent – other statistical data has shown:
— an 8 percent increase in enrollment and diversity in higher-level courses
— a 58 percent increase in enrollment in co-curricular programs
— a 7 percent increase in the number of students reading on grade level K-5
— a 64 percent reduction in discipline referrals
— a reduction of the special education classification rate in ICSD from significantly above the state average (14.8 percent) to significantly below (11.6 percent)
“This is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Brown as he has delivered on his promises,” said ICSD Board of Education President Robert Ainslie in a prepared statement. “The amazing results and transformation in our school district are evident for all to see.”
Brown gave credit to the entire district for the honor.
“I am overjoyed,” he said in a prepared statement. “This special recognition is a tribute to the exceptional efforts and accomplishments of the entire Ithaca City School District community.”
Prior to becoming superintendent, Brown had experiences as a teacher, coach, principal and school chief information officer. He has been an active community leader, serving in leadership roles for various non-profit organizations such as Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. and co-founding the Central Virginia chapter of 100 Black Men of America.
Brown also was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 innovative superintendents. Along with that distinction, he was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s first National Superintendent Summit at the White House. Brown serves on the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ Executive Committee, The School Superintendents Association Digital Consortium, The Center for Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory Panel.
As the New York State Superintendent of the Year, Brown now becomes New York’s candidate for national superintendent of the year – to be awarded at AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans, LA scheduled for March 2-4, 2017.