PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. Under Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #202.1 "CONTINUING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AND MODIFICATION OF LAWS RELATING TO THE DISASTER EMERGENCY" we will be hosting the meeting without permitting in-person public access to these meetings. Members of the public may view the meeting LIVE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MountVernonCitySchoolDistrict and the district website www.mtvernoncsd.org at the prescribed start time. The meeting will also be recorded and available for playback on the district's Board Docs website. The Board of Education welcomes public comments at all public meetings. Due to this meeting's format, questions/comments must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Questions/comments for the Board of Education meeting may be forwarded to email@example.com. Questions and comments may also be provided by calling (914) 665-5235 (Please leave a message with your comments and questions). Your questions/comments MUST include your full name and contact information. Questions/Comments will be read into the record by the district clerk during the public comment portion of the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the District Clerk (914) 665-5235. You will be able to find the complete agenda for this meeting on Board Docs before the meeting. http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/mvcsd/Board.nsf/Public Meeting Agenda
Mount Vernon School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton shared plans to continue the dramatic improvement in student achievement over the next five years as part of the Superintendent's Action Plan at a Board of Education meeting recently. The plan features initiatives at all grade levels to: improve the reading levels of students in Pre-K-Grade 3, improve English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics proficiency for students in Grades 3-8, and increase the District’s cumulative graduation rate to 80 percent by 2025.
Mount Vernon’s performing and visual arts school has a new iconic name from a native son, will graduate its first class of seniors in June, and will continue its trajectory of growth of students. The Denzel Washington School of the Arts (DWSA) at the Nellie Thornton Campus has a very bright future.
The Mount Vernon City School District is hosting a set of presentations for the community to review the proposed 2021-2022 school year budget. The presentations are scheduled through May 11th, leading into the vote on the budget referendum on Tuesday, May 18th. They will be streamed LIVE on Facebook and on the District website, www.mtvernoncsd.org.
Mount Vernon City School District students in grades 3 through 8 were welcomed back to the schools for full-time in-person learning on Tuesday, April 6th. Not only did students in the District’s hybrid in-person and remote learning program begin attending school in the buildings every day, but they were also joined by some students who had been learning remotely full-time as well. Next Monday, April 12th, the District’s three high schools will welcome its students in grades 9-11 to school five days a week, meaning all grades in the District will have returned to full-time in-person learning.
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.