DR. K. VERONICA SMITH
Dr. K. Veronica Smith has extensive roots in Mount Vernon. She is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School. Her professional journey in the Mount Vernon City School District began in 2001. In February of 2023, she became Acting Superintendent of the Mount Vernon City School District.
Immediately prior to that appointment, she was the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services since 2021 where she was charged with overseeing student services, special education, homebound services, homeschooling, charter schools, and out-of-district programs. She also had responsibility for attendance, enrollment, student registration, superintendent hearings, and the code of conduct process.
She was the Associate Superintendent of Student Services and Guidance from 2019 to 2021 and a Supervisor of Special Education from 2001 to 2019. Dr. Smith earned her doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher at the College of New Rochelle. She also holds a Master of Science in Administration from the New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree from Iona College.
Before joining the Mount Vernon City School District, Dr. Smith was employed by the New York State Education Department from 1988 to 2001. She also served as an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle/School of New Resources from 1995 to 2000.
In her 20-plus years in the district, she has made several contributions to the Mount Vernon community. Under her leadership, online registration was implemented; this made the enrollment process more user-friendly for families. She was instrumental in returning our autistic population from out-of-district which resulted in savings to the district of approximately $1 million.
Dr. Smith emphasizes a “back-to-basics” learning approach by creating a fun and engaging learning environment for all students. She is also keen on ensuring a quality education that supports the social and emotional well-being of all students.
1.Ensure that every scholar has foundational reading, writing, and arithmetic skills.
2. Prioritize teachers’ use of data assessment to drive instructional practices in all classrooms.
3. Increase scholars’ achievement district-wide by at least 3% in all core subjects with particular attention to sub-groups with special needs.
1. Promote efficiency and accuracy in all of the operational branches of the Central Office – Administration, Buildings & Grounds, Business, Curriculum & Instruction, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Operations and Accountability, Pupil Personnel Services, and School Improvement.
2. Create and communicate unified procedures, protocols, and practices throughout all facets of the school district.
3. Improve communication between central office leadership and building-level leadership.
4. Obtain additional funding for district programs.