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Benjamin Turner Academy holds Career Day

Benjamin Turner Academy holds Career Day

Benjamin Turner Academy held its Career Day on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. School Counselor Donna Smith organized the day.

Various presenters from different industries visited the school and spoke with students from grades three to eight on their professional careers, their journey and success and the many opportunities students can have within each career.

Professionals from the Mount Vernon Police Department, Mount Vernon Fire Department, a pilot and flight attendant, real estate agent, district attorney, lawyers and fitness and health professionals presented to students. 

Kindergarten through second grade students dressed up in outfits that displayed their future careers. The day was packed with questions from students and exploring the many different careers while student photographers captured each moment. 

Ms. Dapaah with a student
Student dressed in blue.
Students wearing basketball outfits.
Student photographers
Student wearing police officer outfit.
Group shot of students and career professional
Student wearing nurse outfit.
Students listening to presenters.
Student wearing nurse outfit.
Student wearing soccer jersey
Professionals presenting to class


Lowes Moore Q+A

Lowes Moore, MVHS Class of 1976 graduate, is a former NBA basketball star and coach, and he served as Executive Director and Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon for 27 years. He now hosts a podcast and runs Lowes Moore Global Communications. 

View the Q+A with Lowes Moore here!

Students in a court room on steps.

Applications for the 15th annual Scales of Justice Academy (SJA) at Fordham University School of Law and The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University have been extended and are open until Saturday, June 15, 2024. The program will begin on Monday, July 22, at both locations. Legal courses will be taught by over 40 volunteer judges, lawyers, law professors, law students and elected officials.

Click here for the Fordham University SJA Application (July 22-31)

Click here for the Pace University SJA Application (July 22-26)

Students playing games.

On Wednesday, June 6, 2024, members of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council came to the Education Center from across the Mount Vernon City School District to convene their last meeting of the 2023-24 school year. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council is comprised of a group of student leaders selected from every school in the district.

President Kirwan, Dr. White and Dr. Smith.

Two Mount Vernon City School District administrators, Pennington Principal Dr. Melissa White and Director of Humanities Marybeth Rhodes, were honored at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith and Board of Education President Lorna Kirwan presented the awards. 

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Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

The Mount Vernon City School District is pleased to have reached two settlements of its dispute with the City of Mount Vernon regarding school taxes from the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years to the District.