Board of Education

  • 2019 2020 Board of Trustees photo

    2019-2020 Mount Vernon Board of Education




    Adopted School

    Arlene Torres, President


    Budget (Chair)

    Traphagen School
    Lincoln School

    Darcy Miller, Vice President


    Facilities (Chair),Policy

    Pennington School
    Mount Vernon High School

    Dr. Serigne M. Gningue

    May 22, 2019- June 30, 2020 (Balance of unexpired term of Stanley Russo)

    Education (Chair)

    MV STEAM Academy

    Micah J.B. McOwen


    Policy (Chair)

    Nellie ThorntonPerforming and Visual Arts School (Thornton High School)
    Graham School

    Warren Mitchell 2019-2022  Family and Community Engagement

    Holmes School
    Grimes School

    Melissa Muñoz Patterson


    Audit (Chair)

    Columbus School
    Hamilton School

    Adriane Saunders


    Health Safety & Wellness (Chair)
    Special Education Advisory Council (Chair)

    Williams School
    Parker School

    Wanda White


    Facilities (Chair), Education

    Rebecca Turner Elementary School

    Israel Williams


    Student Activities (Chair)

    Benjamin Turner Middle School

    Nicholas Justino
    Student Trustee

    October 1, 2019- June 30, 2020



    In recognition of the importance of building and maintaining relationships with school based staff the President of the Board of Education will appoint individual Trustees to each school in the district.

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What is a Board of Education?

  • The Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district, and is comprised of nine members, elected by the public, who serve three-year terms of office without paid compensation. 

    The areas of Board responsibility include:
    • Exercising educational leadership and drafting policies for the effective operation of the Mount Vernon City School District.
    • Employing the Superintendent of Schools
    • Confirming appointments of administrators, teachers and other district staff members
    • Setting goals for educational standards
    • Adopting a yearly budget and authorizing certain expenditures
    • Expressing and representing the views of the community in matters affecting educational programs and needs of the community.
    The Board of Education works in concert with the Superintendent of Schools and his cabinet to discharge these varied and necessary responsibilities.