The Knight Times: Summer 2019

News & Announcements

  • District Does it Again - Complies with 2019 Property Tax Cap- Ensuring Taxpayers will Receive Rebate Checks

    The Property Tax Relief Credit, which replaced the Property Tax Freeze Credit, is a program that provides additional relief to taxpayers who are already receiving the Basic/Enhanced STAR, or School Tax Assessment Relief, Exemption or Credit. Therefore, taxpayers can receive this credit from the state in addition to their STAR Exemption. Under STAR, homeowners see a reduction in the assessed value of their homes, which is used to calculate their school taxes.

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  • Board of Education Meeting

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Regular Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Education Center, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Board of Education welcomes public comment at all regularly scheduled meetings. There will be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting. Members of the public wishing to address the Board must sign up with the District Clerk by 4 p.m. on August 20, 2019. You may sign up by phone at (914) 665-5235, email at or in person Monday through Friday 8AM-4PM. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. You will be able to find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs prior the meeting. The meeting will be Live Streamed at can be viewed at Meeting Agenda

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  • District Seeks Residents to Serve of Audit Committee

    The Mount Vernon City School District is seeking residents of the City to serve on the District’s Audit Committee. The Audit Committee, Chaired by Trustee Melissa Muñoz Patterson, is comprised of the Assistant Superintendent for Business, the District’s Treasurer and three (3) community volunteers who are appointed by the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. According to Board of Education Policy #5000, Audit Committee the Committee shall: Recommend internal and external audit plans to the Board, specifying the areas of District operations to be reviewed for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, operating efficiency and effectiveness; Receive and review the resulting audit reports; and propose recommendations to the Board for action as may be necessary and appropriate; Receive and review the report of the external auditor on any findings commented on during the annual audit report, and the management response thereto, and propose recommendations to the Board for action as may be necessary and appropriate; Oversee the selection of the internal auditor and the external auditor, pursuant to the relevant Board policies, and make recommendations to the Board for appointment to said positions; and Perform any other responsibilities outlined by the Board and/or as listed in the District’s Audit Committee Charter Members of the community interested in serving on the audit committee should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Assistant Superintendent for Business Ken Silver at, no later than August 5, 2019.

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  • District to Expand Digital Learning through Interactive TechBooks for Science Students in Grades 7-12

    The Mount Vernon City School District is excited to announce the commencement of a new phase of its multiyear partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Beginning this school year, MVCSD science teachers in grades 7-12 will have access to Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook, which empowers educators to create immersive digital learning experiences that more deeply engage students in classroom instruction.

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  • FINAL Audition Date for 2019-2020 Arts Magnet Program

    The Mount Vernon City School District's Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program will hold a FINAL round of auditions for the 2019-2020 school year on Thursday, July 11, 2019 beginning at 5PM at Thornton High School (121 S. 6th Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY). Please bring a completed application with you to the audition.

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Superintendent's Message

  • Dear Parents/Guardians

    The Mount Vernon City School District has been notified by the NYS Education Department that the Public School Choice requirement under the old federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation will not be required for identified schools in accountability for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school year. The public school choice is an option for those districts that choose to continue offering it in 2018-19.

    The Mount Vernon City School District will not be offering the public school choice option in 2018-19. Students who have previously transferred under public school choice will be allowed to remain in the school they transferred to until the highest grade in that school. Public school choice will be required in the 2020-2021 school year under certain conditions. As we near that year the district will provide parents which schools in accountability will be required to offer the public school choice option and the procedures to follow to access the option

    El Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Mount Vernon ha notificado al Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Mount Vernon que el requisito de Opción de Escuela Pública bajo la vieja legislación federal Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás (NCLB) no será requerido para las escuelas identificadas en rendición de cuentas para el 2018-19 y 2019-2020 año escolar. La opción de escuela pública es una opción para aquellos distritos que decidan continuar ofreciéndola en 2018-19.

    El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Mount Vernon no ofrecerá la opción de elección de escuela pública en 2018-19. Los estudiantes que hayan sido transferidos previamente bajo la opción de escuela pública podrán permanecer en la escuela a la que transfirieron hasta el grado más alto en esa escuela. La elección de escuela pública se requerirá en el año escolar 2020-2021 bajo ciertas condiciones. A medida que nos acercamos a ese año, el distrito les proporcionará a los padres las escuelas responsables que deberán ofrecer la opción de elección de escuela pública y los procedimientos a seguir para acceder a la opción.



    Kenneth R. Hamilton, Ed.D.
    Superintendente de Escuelas

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