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ICSD Board of Education Accepts Resignation of Superintendent Brown

On January 12, 2021, the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, effective February 1, 2021. After a significant decade of service, Brown will leave the ICSD to become the head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Discovery Education, a global education company providing resources and support for millions of students and teachers.  

Brown joined the ICSD in January 2011. With his leadership, the ICSD has earned state and national recognition achievements, including:

  • 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.