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Board of Education

Board Trustees

The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education - the official policy-making body of the school district - works closely with the Superintendent of Schools and his administration to oversee educational and enrichment programs to provide the best possible outcomes for students. The nine board members are elected by the public and service three-year terms without paid compensation.

The areas of Board responsibility include:

  • Exercising educational leadership and drafting policies for the effective operation of the Mount Vernon City School District.
  • Employing the Superintendent of Schools
  • Confirming appointments of administrators, teachers and other district staff members
  • Setting goals for educational standards
  • Adopting a yearly budget and authorizing certain expenditures
  • Expressing and representing the views of the community in matters affecting educational programs and needs of the community.

Feedback from the school community is welcomed by all members of the Board of Education either at monthly meetings or via email at the addresses listed below. 

Board Pres. Adriane Saunders

Adriane Saunders, President
(Term expires June 30, 2025)
asaunders@mtvernoncsd.org 

Head and shoulders Sabina Kelley

Sabina Kelley, Vice President 
(Term expires June 30, 2026)
skelley1@mtvernoncsd.org

Lorna Kirwan Headshot

Lorna Kirwan
(Term expires June 30, 2025)
lkirwan@mtvernoncsd.org

Wanda White 
(Term expires June 30, 2027) 
wwhite1@mtvernoncsd.org  

Head and Shoulders Helene Njenga

Helene Thompson-Njenga
(Term expires June 30, 2025) 
hnjenga@mtvernoncsd.org

Trustee Warren Mitchell

Warren Mitchell II 
(Term expires June 30, 2026) 
wmitchell@mtvernoncsd.org

Trustee Lynne Middleton

Dr. Lynne Middleton 
(Term expires June 30, 2026) 
lmiddleton@mtvernoncsd.org  

Dr. Donna Marable

Dr. Donna Marable
(Term expires June 30, 2027)
dmarable@mtvernoncsd.org

Chris McDonough

Chris McDonough, Ph.D.
(Term expires June 30, 2027)
cmcdonough@mtvernoncsd.org

Board Meetings

The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education will generally meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, September through June, to conduct the business of the Mount Vernon City School District. If the first or third Tuesday falls on a holiday or during a school recess period, the meeting will be held on an alternate day when schools are operating on a normal schedule.  Meetings are held at the Mount Vernon City School District Education Center located at 165 N. Columbus Avenue and begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public. Special meetings can be called, as necessary, to address emerging and urgent matters.

2024-2025 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, July 2, 2024  

Reorganizational Meeting/   

Regular Meeting  

Tuesday, July 16, 2024  

Regular Meeting  

Tuesday, August 20, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, September 3, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, September 17, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, October 1, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, October 15, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, November 5, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, November 19, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, December 3, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, December 17, 2024  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, January 7, 2025  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, January 21,2025  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, February 11, 2025  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, March 4, 2025 

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, March 18, 2025  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, April 1, 2025  

Regular Meeting 

Tuesday, April 22, 2025  

Regular Meeting  

Tuesday, May 6, 2025  

Regular Meeting/ Budget Hearing  

Tuesday, May 20, 2025  

Regular Meeting/ Budget   

Vote/Trustee Election 

Tuesday, June 3, 2025  

Regular Meeting  
Tenure Night

Tuesday, June 17, 2025  

Regular Meeting/ Re-vote if Necessary 

Board Committees

The Mount Vernon City School District utilizes standing committees to review information, provide an opportunity for community input, study the impact or potential impact decisions may have on our students, schools, community etc., and explore options on issues and requests for action which come before it. 

The committees provide the opportunity for discussion and information sharing relating to their subject areas prior to presentation of recommendations to the full Board. 

The Board of Education established committees and committee membership during the annual reorganization meeting held in July each year. It is at the sole discretion of the President of the Board of Education to appoint Chairpersons and members to each standing committee. 

The established committees are as follows: 

  • Audit (Meetings scheduled as necessary) 
  • Budget (Meetings scheduled as necessary) 
  • Curriculum & Instruction (Last Thursday before the first Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Education Center) 
  • Facilities (Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Office of the Senior Architect) 
  • Family and Community Engagement (Meetings scheduled as necessary) 
  • Health, Wellness & Safety (First Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.- Education Center) 
  • Policy (Meetings scheduled as necessary) 

*All meetings take place at the Education Center unless otherwise noted. 

Trustee Building Assignments

Trustee Building Assignment
President Saunders Denzel Washington School of the Arts, Mount Vernon High School and Rebecca Turner Academy
Trustee Kirwan Mount Vernon STEAM Academy and Nelson Mandela/Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School, Traphagen School
Trustee Marable Denzel Washington School of the Arts, Edward Williams School
Trustee McDonough Grimes School, Mount Vernon Leadership Academy
Trustee Mitchell  Benjamin Turner Academy, Mount Vernon Honor Academy and Pennington School
Trustee Middleton Graham School and Rebecca Turner Academy
Trustee Thompson-Njenga Hamilton School and Mount Vernon High School
Trustee White Cecil H. Parker School and Lincoln School

 

Trustee Committee Assignments

Trustee Building Assignment
President Saunders

Audit Committee, Budget/Finance Committee, Policy Committee, Claims Committee, Special Education Committee, Industrial Development Agency

Vice President Kelley Audit Committee, Insurance Committee, Claims Committee, Education Committee
Trustee Kirwan Audit Committee, Budget/Finance Committee, Insurance Committee, Human Resources Committee 
Trustee Marable Audit Committee, Budget/Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee, Education Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Technology Committee
Trustee McDonough Audit Committee, Education Committee, Special Education Committee, Family and Community Committee, Industrial Development Agency
Trustee Mitchell  Audit Committee, Facilities Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Wellness Committee
Trustee Middleton Audit Committee, Human Resources Committee, Family and Community Committee
Trustee Thompson-Njenga Audit Committee, Policy Committee, Safety and Security Committee
Trustee White Audit Committee, Human Resources Committee, Education Committee, Special Education Committee, Facilities Committee