Superintendent letter

Dear Serena CUSD #2 Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the 2021-22 school year and officially introduce myself to the school and greater community. I consider it a true privilege to have been appointed your new Superintendent and to have had the ability to engage with many of you from March 2021 to present. 

Serena School District has a strong history of academic excellence, and the boundless opportunities offered within and beyond the classroom setting are exemplary, as they provide enriching learning experiences for students at all levels. As an educator, I wholeheartedly value the programs and services in place, and I am committed to building upon our rich past to ensure that current and future students have opportunities to explore their interests and find their true passions. 

In addition to the strong educational program, it was the level of community involvement that drew me to this district. I witnessed this sense of pride as I underwent the interview process and have experienced it firsthand over the past several weeks, as each of the faculty members, parents, students and residents I have met have been extremely welcoming and helpful. Please know that it is my intent to make every effort to foster and cultivate this practice to ensure the continued success of our students, schools and community. While serving as your Superintendent of Schools, I plan to be accessible to all stakeholders and maintain an open door communication policy. I encourage and welcome any questions, comments or concerns you have about our schools and can be reached directly at 815-313-9765. 

It is an exciting time for Serena CUSD #2, and I’m looking forward to serving our community in this role. Please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy completion to the summer. 


 Lisa A. Gifford 

Serena CUSD #2 Superintendent

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