Three new principals, each with more than 20 years’ experience in education, will lead schools in the Mount Vernon City School District this year. The principals were hired Wednesday, Sept. 1, by the school board. They are: Matthew Gonzales for Mount Vernon High School; Thrusha Henderson for the Pennington School; and Sharon Spencer for the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy.
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education adopted on Wednesday, September 1, a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy. According to the policy, the school board “is committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive learning environment where all students, including and especially those currently and historically marginalized, feel safe, included, welcomed, and accepted, and experience a sense of belonging and the potential for academic success.
Hometown hero Rai Benjamin, with gold and silver Olympic medals around his neck, returned to Mount Vernon Friday, September 10, 2021 where he was cheered by school children throughout the city, gratefully accepted a handful of proclamations, and received the Key to the City. Beginning shortly after noon, he was carried on a parade platform through the city in a motorcade, a fire engine and a police escort. With family members, supporters and city and school district leaders, the motorcade included members of the entourage in classic cars – a blue Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, a red Chevrolet Bel Air, a pale yellow Thunderbird among them.
Across the Mount Vernon City School District, students reported for the first day of the 2021-22 school year today, with adjusted COVID regulations – requiring 3 feet of distance rather than 6, for instance – making it possible to hold in-person school for the entire enrollment of 7,500. Students were excited to fully engage in lessons as well as eat lunch with schoolmates and friends.
The Mount Vernon City School District kicked off the school year at its annual convocation on Wednesday, September 1, with inspirational messages for faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. The theme of this year’s event focused on Rebuilding, Refocusing and Reimagining Education.
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Dear Community Members,
It is hard to believe it has been eight years since I took the helm of this incredible school district. It seems to have gone by in a blink of an eye!
During these last eight years, we have accomplished so much by working together towards a common goal: Transforming Education in the Mount Vernon City School District.
While the road has not always been easy, I am confident the progress we have made is measurable and, most importantly, it is sustainable.
Of course, the centerpiece of our transformation has been the successful passage, implementation, and completion of the $108 million bond that supported our 2020 Vision for Academic Excellence.
Today, all projects of the bond are substantially complete; on time and on or under budget!!
We have worked to restore confidence and trust in our schools and community. We have rebuilt our schools, expanded programs and academic offerings, and recommitted ourselves to providing top tier educational opportunities for ALL of our students. We have set new heights with managing COVID and reimagining education in the midst of a pandemic.
As we close the chapter on the 2020 Vision it is time to begin the next chapter of the Transformation of the Mount Vernon City School District.
The Board of Trustees have already begun this phase, with their Beyond 2020 Goals – established to increase graduation rates, test scores and student achievement across the district.
Community engagement has always played a key role in the success of our school system.
While we have made some progress, we still have tremendous work to do. That is why, today I am announcing the establishment of a strategic planning committee that will help guide the district through the next phase of our transformation.
The strategic planning committee will consist of parents, teachers, administrators, students, community leaders, and all stakeholders committed to the success of the school district and ensuring its continued positive momentum.
To that end, we are seeking volunteers to join our committee to help develop our plan for the next five years. The committee will look at all aspects of our district starting with Sub-Committee Think Tanks. These think tanks (sub-committees) will focus on the following key areas:
If you would like to be a part of this next phase in our district and planning for the future of the MCVSD, please let us know via email to Strategicplan2021@mtvernoncsd.org. Please include an area that you would like to work on.
We will be holding our first meeting this November, so we ask that you let us know by Friday, October 15, 2021, of your interest.
I am looking forward to working with you as we map our next steps in this incredible journey.
Yours for the Sake of All Children,
Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton
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