Dr. Luvelle Brown

Dr. Luvelle Brown, ICSD Superintendent.

ITHACA, NY -- Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has resigned from his position, effective Feb. 1. Brown, with ICSD for 10 years, is leaving to become the head of equity, diversity and inclusion for Discovery Education, a global education company.

In a press release ICSD lists his accomplishments as the following:

  • Being named one of New York State’s first and largest 1:1 technology initiatives

  • Improving graduation rates from 78% to as high as 94%

  • Increasing enrollment and diversity in higher-level courses and earning College Board AP Honor Roll for this effort

  • Having Ithaca High School be named one of the best high schools for STEM (#48 nationally)

  • Having US News rank Ithaca High School in the top 2.5% of high schools in the nation (Gold Medal Distinction)

  • Receiving the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Best Communities for Music Education Award for the last six consecutive years?

  • Receiving the New York State School Boards Association Champions of Change for Kids Award-Aspiring Educators Award and Program

Brown also has a long list of individual accolades. In 2017, he was named the New York State Superintendent of the Year and one of TrustEd’s national thought-leaders. In 2019, he was honored with the Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Award. Additionally, Brown has been recognized as one of the nation’s top tech-savvy educational leaders, as well as a “difference maker” by the National School Boards Association. Most recently, Brown founded and currently co-chairs the New York State Council of Superintendents Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity, and was recently appointed to the Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education.

“I am blessed to live and work in this wonderful community,” Brown said. “We have accomplished much together over the past decade and I am excited for the future of our school district. The decision to transition has been very difficult. While I will miss serving as Superintendent in Ithaca, I am looking forward to scaling my influence and directly impacting teaching and learning for millions of students and educators all over the world.”?

“It will be nearly impossible to replace Dr. Brown,” ICSD Board of Education President Rob Ainslie said. “He has been an amazing leader and community member. We wish him great success in his new role.”

At its next meeting, the Board of Education expects to appoint ICSD Deputy Superintendent Lily Talcott as Interim Superintendent. Brown will provide consultation throughout the remainder of the academic year.

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Scott Noren

Questions on accomplishments. Did he and Judith Pastel drop the ball regarding lead in the water for years and never bothered to get the water tested as any logical administrator would..you know, what are you concerned with regarding school system safety?

Clean air, clean water, safe physical spaces regarding security. He is a failure in most of those areas but he and Pastel are negligent and worthy of prosecution as they are in Flint Michigan. I called for his resignation almost 3 years ago due to the lead water contamination. They are NOT innocent. The Pres of the school board cockily told the reporter after my speech, "I think that Dr. Brown will be superintendent for as long as he wants to be". I hope the school Board looks within ICSD or the area for a replacement next time instead of out-sourcing like they did with this failure. I guess I won after..he is resigning finally.

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