Mount Vernon is the region's final district to reopen schools, but will it last?

Mount Vernon's youngest students returned to school buildings today after eight months at home, but their stay could be short. The urban school district with about 8,000 students is the last in the Lower Hudson Valley to open its doors, and Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton acknowledged that, with COVID-19 numbers rising, it might not be for long.

District News

  • REVISED: Special Board of Education Meeting Notice

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. The purpose of the meeting is to act upon a human resources resolution. It is further anticipated that the Board will adjourn to an executive session for the purposes discussing the employment history of a particular person or persons. It is NOT anticipated the Board will return to public session to take further action. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235REVISED:.

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  • District Discusses Changes in Special Education with Forum

    Parents of the Mount Vernon City School District learned about the changes under way in the Special Education Department in a Zoom forum Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The process of determining initial eligibility for special education has been centralized which allows for closer monitoring of compliance. About 40 special education teachers have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham Multisensory approach to reading.

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  • Notice of Public Hearing: Amani Charter School Renewal Application

    The Mount Vernon City School District has been notified that the New York State Department of Education is in receipt of a renewal application for a charter school within the Mount Vernon City School District. The charter school applying to renew its status is “Amani Public Charter School.” As part of the approval process, the Mount Vernon City School District is required to host a public hearing and collect comments related to the application. The hearing will take place from at 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. The public hearing will take place virtually via Zoom to meeting. This hearing is being held pursuant to New York State Education Law 2857(1) which states: “Prior to the issuance, revision, or renewal of a charter, the school district in which the charter school is located shall hold a public hearing to solicit comments from the community in connection with the foregoing.” “Such hearing shall be held within the community potentially impacted by the proposed charter school.” “In addition, such school districts shall be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed charter to the charter entity and such charter entity shall consider any comments raised and submit any such comments to the board of regents with the application for issuance, revision, or renewal of a charter.” The New York State Board of Regents and the Mount Vernon City School District welcome comments on the application, including those related to the programmatic and fiscal impact of the renewal proposal on public and non-public schools in the area. If you are unable to appear in person at the public hearing comments may be submitted to the District Clerk via e-mail at with “Amani Public Charter School” in the subject line, via fax at 914-665-6104 or through regular mail at District Clerk, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, 10553.

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  • Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at The Education Center, 165 N. Columbus, Mount Vernon, NY. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook and the district website The meeting will also be available for playback on the district's Board Docs website.

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  • New Mount Vernon High School Principal Brings International Baccalaureate Experience

    Mount Vernon High School students were greeted in September by a new principal, Dr. Matthew Gonzales, an education leader with more than 20 years of experience, including with the International Baccalaureate program. The Mount Vernon Board of Education hired Dr. Gonzales in August to lead the school of 1,200 students. The position puts the veteran educator in charge of overseeing the high school’s new configuration, splitting the student body into three divisions named for role models and acclaimed figures – Maya Angelou, Benjamin Banneker and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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About Williams Wildcats

  • The Edwards Williams School is located in a culturally diverse section of Mount Vernon, New York. We offer an integrated curriculum that adheres to the high education standards of the New York State Department of Education. The classes encompass students from Pre-K through Grade Six. Our staff of over 60 is made of administrators, teachers, and specialists who are committed to meet the intellectual, academic, physical, cultural, social and emotional needs of our children.

     Educating the whole child is the most important goal at Edward Williams Elementary School. Our staff includes a full-time nurse, social worker, psychologist, speech therapist, and school counselor. We also have two Reading Specialists who use the pull-out and push-in teaching system. Creative teaching strategies are used to incorporate the arts and the community into the lives of all our children. All of our 500 children are embraced daily regardless of their backgrounds or living conditions.

     In addition to classroom instruction, intervention instruction is offered in all the academic areas. Many proven academic programs are offered including, resource, and special education classes. Academic intervention service programs are also available.

     We boast of an after-school program that serves our students in Grades 3-6. Currently this year, we have Academic Power Hour which provides enrichment academic support Monday - Wednesday.  Also, on Thursday and Friday, we have a  program in collaboration with the Empire Program that exposes the students to the world of STEAM with wonderful hands-on activities.

    Dr. C Waterman

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