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:.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/MountVernonCitySchoolDistrict and the district website www.mtvernoncsd.org. The meeting will also be available for playback on the district's Board Docs website.
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.
Dr. Natasha Hunter - McGregor , Principal
Dr. Hunter-McGregor is one of three siblings born into a loving military family. She received her associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and her undergraduate degree from Howard University where she graduated from the School of Business with a major in Management. She continued her educational journey to later receive two masters and the degree of Doctor of Education from St. John Fisher College.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor’s educational career began in Harlem, New York at the age of 21 where she lived, worshipped and taught young people in the community. She worked as a teacher in many capacities, a social studies school based coordinator, teacher of students with disabilities, gifted and talented teacher, literacy coach, AIS provider, curriculum writer integrating the arts, as well as a staff developer for a collective 10 years.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor later became an assistant principal in the New York City school system where she served for 8 years prior to becoming principal in Mt. Vernon, New York. During her service in the Harlem community, Dr. Hunter-McGregor trained staff from partnering agencies such as City Year of New York, Harlem Children’s Zone, coordinated service activities, instituted new teacher orientation programs in her school and helped to improve academic performance and teacher effectiveness.
She was an active member of the NAACP, Urban League and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor currently worships in the Mt. Vernon community and continues to put all of her energy into providing a high quality education for the students in her care by working collaboratively with families, staff, district staff, clergy and all key stake holders. She understands the superintendent’s 20/20 Vision and her immediate focus is to ensure that Graham School is taken off of the focus list and re-establishes itself as an institution of learning, whereby all families would like to send their precious little ones.
Dr. Hunter-McGregor loves sports and arts, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She adores her three children and strives to live her life with purpose, which she credits to the support of her loving parents.