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The Mount Vernon City School District extends a heartfelt thank you to the following donors Board Trustee Ms. Adriane G. Saunders, Board Trustee Mr. Lesly Zamor, Board Trustee Charmaine Fearon, Board Trustee Omar McDowell, Board Trustee Serigne M. Gningue, Board Trustee Darcy Miller, Board Trustee Wanda White, Dr. Jeff C. Gorman and the Gorman Family, Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton and Mrs. Maria Hamilton, Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers (MVFT), Progressive Chapter No. 42 First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, Wellcore Inc., Mr. Alexander Corson on behalf of Premier Brands, Commissioner Darren M. Morton, Ed.D., Mayor Richard Thomas, City Council President Mr. Marcus A. Griffith, City Councilman Mr. J. Yuhanna Edwards, City Councilwoman Ms. Roberta L. Apuzzo, City Councilman Mr. Andre Wallace, City Councilman Ms. Lisa Copeland, Dr. Marguerite Circello, Mr. Andre Cepada, Mr. Thomas Esposito on behalf of McGraw-Hill Inc., Mr. Brian Whitely and Mr. Patrick Auguste on behalf of Curriculum Associates Inc., Mr. David Smith on behalf of Scholastic Inc., Mrs. Susan Baum on behalf of Baum Beaulieu Associates Inc., Mr. Raymond and Delia Farquharson, Ms. Sonia Gregory, Mr. Oscar Davis, Ms. Mary Kingsley of J. Philip Real Estate, Ms. Bonnie Rivera, Ms. Sherry Ward, Mrs. Natalie Dweck and the Dweck Family, Parker Elementary Staff, Mr. Gus Mountanos on behalf of Ingerman and Smith, Faith Christian Assembly, Pastor Beverly Miller, Reverend Bill Mizel, Mount Vernon Educational Fund, Friends of Gary Pretlow, Mrs. Joanne Colisto and the Colisto Family, Mr. Shaji Zacharia, Ms. Donna Jackson, Ms. Sheila Solomon, Mr. Marcus Griffith, Ms. Marci Tiggs, Mr. Cliff Christophe and the Christophe Family, Mr. Frank Gallo, Mrs. Michelle McKitty-Bromley, Ms. Jaqueline Green, Mr. Gregg and The Edward Williams Elementary School Staff, Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy, Dr. Jackielyn Manning-Campbell and the Campbell Family, Mr. Michael Pelliccio, Mr. Ken Silver, Termini Family, Dr. Natasha Hunter-McGregor, Mr. Troy Newbey, Mrs. Fennel-Carbone, Ms. Christine Ceglio, Ms. Tina Ciccone, Mrs. Annabelle Strozza and Family, The Graham Elementary School Staff, Dr. Colleen Crawford and the Crawford Family, Ms. Diane Albin, The Columbus School Staff, Ms. Stacy Fertile, Ms. Rebecca Jones and the Jones Family, Mr. Marc Molina, Lincoln School PTA, Lincoln Elementary School Staff, Ms. Victoria Vonholt, Ms. Ilene Bichler, Traphagen Elementary Staff, Mr. Duane Christian, Mrs. Danielle Davis-Marrow and the Pennington Elementary Staff, Hamilton Elementary School Staff, Mr. Jamal Doggett and the Rebecca Turner Elementary School Staff, Mr. Alan Gonzalez and Grimes Elementary Staff, Mr. Louis Cioffi Jr. and Mrs. Colleen Cioffi, Ms. Carol Quinones-Smith and the Holmes Elementary Staff

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Superintendent's Message
Dear Neighbor,

Today is the day we have been planning for the last 6 months.  Countless hours have been spent researching best practices, visiting facilities, educating community members and putting together a vision that works for Mt. Vernon.  The moral obligation to fix the ills of our community is much bigger than passing a bond.  The foundation upon which this bond is built rests on the commitment to get it right for our students and staff.  

The bond won't fix everything.  However, it is a huge step in the right direction.  In addition to the bond we need a renewed commitment to raise standards and expectations and collectively embrace a We Can Do It mentality.  

How exciting it is to be a part of this journey!  We are making great strides in rebuilding a place where hope was lost. It now abounds like a river of promise.  We have pledged to rebrand our district and outsiders are now looking in to see the rebirth of a once forgotten district.  Whether you made a phone call,  posted a sign on your lawn, or just sent me an encouraging email, I say, "Thank You" for believing in the vision.  

As the leader of this great district, I humbly admit I don't have all the answers but I do have the fortitude and foresight to see that we are moving with jetlike speed to change the very conditions that have fueled mountains of despair.  

It is a new day and hope abounds! I anxiously await today's results.
I'll keep you posted.  

Yours for the Sake of All Children,

Dr.  Kenneth R. Hamilton
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