The Arts at Mount Vernon City School District and the Arts Magnet Program’s musical production of “Raisin” will take place Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in the Mount Vernon High School auditorium. The cast features students from Mount Vernon and Thornton high schools and the district’s Arts Magnet Program. In the lead roles are: Dionysia Placide, as Lena; Aaron Davis as Walter Lee; Danielle Franco as Ruth; Calilah Hines as Beneatha; and Armani Narcisse as Travis. The musical, based on the stage play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, was nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1975, including Best Musical.
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education unanimously approved a proposed $246,169,123 budget for the 2017-2018 school year on April 18. The budget has a zero percent increase in the tax levy.
Two Mount Vernon High School seniors, both starters on the Mount Vernon Boys Varsity Basketball team, the 2017 New York State Class AA Championship team, signed letters of intent for full athletic college scholarships on April 21. Gregory Calixte signed with George Mason University of Virginia and Noah Morgan signed with Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey.
Thirty exceptional students from the Mount Vernon City School District recently took part in a field trip to the African American Burial Grounds and Federal Hall in New York City. The students were selected based on their ability to exhibit civility and compassion while persevering towards academic success. The participants, who are in grades 6-8, represented elementary and middle schools in the district.
The Mount Vernon City School District has established a calendar of presentations to share details about the 2017-2018 school budget. Parents and community members are invited to attend. Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation will take place during the Board of Education Meeting at the Education Center (165 N. Columbus Avenue) Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation will take place during the Board of Education Meeting at the Education Center Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation at Rebecca Turner Elementary School (625 S. Fourth Avenue) Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation at Thornton High School (121 S. Sixth Avenue) Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: District-wide Budget Hearing at the Education Center Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Community Budget Presentation at Pennington School (20 Fairway) Residents will vote on the 2017-2018 Mount Vernon City School District Budget on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Polls will open from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
The 20/20 Vision Bond Refinement met voter approval by a staggering margin. With the bond refinement passing with 85% of the vote, the community has overwhelmingly signaled its approval and support of the work we have done, and more importantly, the work we plan to do. In just a few short years we have begun to undo years of stagnation and in some areas regression . Many said it could not be done. I begged to differ. The staff here in Mount Vernon has shown itself to be dedicated and committed to academic excellence. Even greater, is your desire to be part of this great transformation. It is wonderful to see so many people excited about the changes taking place and willing to push the limits to ensure a better future for our students and community.