City Residents will be asked to approve the reallocation of bond money to accommodate growth.
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education will ask voters to approve a plan to repurpose existing bond funds to accommodate anticipated student population growth. The board voted unanimously at its January 3 meeting to put the bond reallocation proposal to a public vote on March 7, 2017. The date of the vote was originally set for January 31, but the board postponed it to allow more time for communication with the public.
The plan calls for the repurposing of a portion of the $108 million bond approved by residents in May. Additions are proposed for several elementary school buildings, and land acquisition and building changes require approval from the public.
“We are not asking for any more money,” Said Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of Schools. “We find there is a need for us to provide more space for an influx of children into the district, and we’re asking the public to allow us to repurpose some funds to get ahead of this now while we have the opportunity.”
The new plan also calls for keeping neighborhood schools intact. Parker Elementary School had originally been slated to become a pre-K center for the south side of the city. In response to community input, the new plan will refigure Parker as a pre-k through grade 8 building.
“We heard the parents and reconsidered,” said Lesly Zamor, Board of Education President. “Parker is a school that has traditionally done very well. We plan to make it a pre-K though grade 8 building with an enhanced pre-K center and build upon that success.
The Mount Vernon City School District and the Board of Trustees are committed to ensuring that our community has all the necessary information to make an educated vote on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Supplemental Bond Vote.
To ensure our community is adequatley informed the district will engage in a series of community presentations throughout the Mount Vernon Community. These presentations will take place on the following dates:
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. Parker School
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
Tueasday, January 31, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. Mandela/Zollicoffer High School
Saturday, February 4, 2017 @ 12 p.m.- 1: 30 p.m. The White House, 65 Stuyvesant Plaza
Saturday, February 4, 2017 @3 p.m. Saint Peter & Paul and St. Ursula Church
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. Traphagen School
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. Mandela/Zollicoffer High School
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @7:30 p.m. Pennington School
Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. Graham School
Monday, February 27, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. Traphagen School