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Graham School Ribbon Cutting & Bench Dedication

News & Announcements

  • Pre-K sign up for Mount Vernon residents taking place

    Pre-Kindergarten full and half-day spots for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds for 2017-2018 school year are still available for interested families in the Mount Vernon City School District. Registration takes place at two locations within district borders: Rebecca Turner Elementary School, 625 South Fourth Ave.: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mount Vernon Board of Education, 165 North Columbus Ave.: Fridays, July 21, 28 and Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, July 22, 29 and Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 21 to 24 and Aug. 28 to 31 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The full list of required registration documents is available on the district website,www.mtvernoncsd.org For more information, email to FTarrant@mtvernoncsd.org call 914-358-5077.

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  • New Graham Elementary play park officially opens

    Under sunny, blue skies and a few wispy clouds Graham Elementary School was the star of the show with a ribbon-cutting to open its new, expansive park and play area. The ribbon cutting marked another successful project near completion as part of the Mount Vernon City School District’s $108 million bond, which was passed in March 2016 and is powering the school district’s 20/20 Vision

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  • Mount Vernon City School District conducting mandatory student re-registration

    The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education will be conducting a mandatory re-registration of all students presently enrolled in the district. This re-registration will take place at the Board of Education Building, 165 N. Columbus Ave. Students not registered over the summer will not be permitted to attend school in September until the re-registration is complete. This re-registration process will provide parents and guardians with the opportunity to update all information for accuracy and ensure all children presently enrolled in the school district are legal residents of Mt. Vernon and entitled to a free public education.

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  • Dr. Hamilton Delivers State of the District Address

    On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Dr. Hamilton reviewed the district’s accomplishments over the last 12 months including passage of the bond refinement, increased student achievement, and progress associated with implementation of the 20/20 academic vision. Take a look at the great things happening all over the Mount Vernon City School District!

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  • Student Scientists Put What They Know On Show

    Lincoln Elementary School’s annual Science Fair took place on May 18th and 19th, beginning with a grand opening event on Thursday that attracted hundreds of parents and supporters. Along with Math Night in the fall, the annual Science Fair is among the school’s most popular events, and is the culmination of months of hard work by the students. “The science fair is a feather in our cap,” said Lincoln Elementary principal Rebecca Jones. “The students love it, their families love it, and it engages the students in important hands-on, inquiry-based research.”

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Message From Board of Education President

  • Dear Friends,

    Over the last two school years, the residents of the City of Mount Vernon have approved a $108 million bond project that would support the implementation of the 20/20 Vision. This vision will develop 21st Century schools and will ensure our students graduate from Mount Vernon college and career ready.

    As with any building project of this magnitude, the 20/20 Vision and the work needed to support its implementation have flexed and changed over the last 18 months, probably causing some confusion in the community.

    As the newly elected President of the Board of Education of the Mount Vernon City School District, I wanted to take this opportunity to convey to you, that the 20/20 Vision is on track for implementation, as scheduled for the fall of 2020.

    This Board of Education, together with the Administration is reaffirming our commitment to you to ensure that the work related to the bond is completed both on time and on budget.

    Over the course of the last year, our Buildings & Grounds Committee has worked diligently to address some of the most dire needs of the school district, while simultaneously, preparing our schools for the changes necessary for the 20/20 Vision. As new needs were identified they were added to the project list.

    As we begin to prepare for some of the biggest projects of the bond, it has become evident that our wish list would exceed our available resources. This was not a surprise. We knew all along that $108 million would only be a down payment on the sizable amount of work that needs to be done throughout the district.

    I directed the Administration to prepare a list of all projects either proposed, in progress or completed that would require funding from the 2016 bond. The funding exceeded resources by some $19.2 million. To move forward with all these projects, as proposed, it would require a significant increase in the property tax levy.

    That said, with finite resources, and an expectation that the projects are completed with fidelity, the following adjustments were needed to ensure the 20/20 Vision is implemented both on time and on budget.The following five projects have been reviewed and adjusted accordingly to ensure that the appropriate funds are available to fully implement the 20/20 Vision. These changes are:

    1. Pennington fields - The project has been eliminated, saving $4.6 million
    2. Grimes School addition - The scope of the project has been reduced, saving $4.648 million
    3. Pennington land purchase has been eliminated, saving $1.3 million
    4. Parker School Pre-K addition - The scope of the work has been reduced, saving $5.5 million
    5. Mandela Pre K-8 conversion - The scope of this project has been reduced by $3.2 million

    These changes represent an adjustment in bond spending by $19.249 million. We are confident that these reductions will have no impact on our ability to deliver the 20/20 Vision as promised.

    These recommendations are not intended to reflect an opinion about the value of these projects. Rather, it is a reflection of our thoughts about how we can deliver the 20/20 Vision with fidelity and keep the cost within the approved $108 million.

    A complete list of ALL buildings projects can be found on our website. I encourage you to review the projects and become familiar with the great work taking place here in Mount Vernon.

    I look forward to frequently communicating with you about the status of our building projects and the implementation of the 20/20 Vision.

    Sincerely,

     

    Adriane G. Saunders

    President, Board of Education
     

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