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Board of Education Trustee final vote count announced

Board of Education Trustee final vote count announced

The Mount Vernon City School District needed an extra day to determine the winners of the Board of Trustee race to fill four of the five seats being contested. Following the closing of the polls at 9 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, electronic results were reported and absentee ballots were counted, but 23 affidavit ballots still needed to be verified by the Westchester County Board of Elections and ballots that met residency requirements were counted. 

One candidate, Lynne Middleton, had enough votes early Wednesday morning to be sworn into the Board of Trustees. The 23 affidavit ballots would not have made a difference in her victory. Of the 23 affidavit ballots, 20 were approved by the Board of Elections Wednesday. After tabulating the affidavit ballots, the final unofficial results of the election, pending the certification by the Board of Education, are: 

  • Lynne Middleton (865 votes) was sworn in on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, and will serve a full term, expiring June 30, 2026 

  • Sabina Kelley (838 votes) will be sworn in at a special meeting this week for a full term, expiring June 30, 2026 

  • Warren Mitchell (831 votes) will be sworn in on July 1, 2023, and serve a full term, expiring on June 30, 2026 

  • Orville Gayle (796 votes) will be sworn in at a special meeting this week and will serve the unexpired portion of a term that will run through June 30, 2024 

  • Helene Njenga (745 votes) will be sworn in at a special meeting this week and will serve the unexpired portion of a term that will run through June 30, 2024 


Other candidates who did not earn a seat on the board: Cynthia Crenshaw (742 votes), Donna Marable (677 votes), Rosemarie Jarosz (673 votes), Precious Ferrell (656 votes), Erica Peterson (650 votes), Gloria Atisogbuie (649 votes) and Kenyetta Thomas (315 votes).

Thank you to everyone in the Mount Vernon community for coming out to vote and approving the 2023-2024 school year budget.

Two students posing at the camera.

Scholars and community members congregated to the cafeteria of the Mount Vernon High School with resumes in hand for a community career fair on Wednesday, May 16, 2024. Here, individuals were able to explore various job opportunities in the Mount Vernon City School District and Westchester area. 

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5-10-2024
Acting Superintendent of Schools Dr. K. Veronica Smith:

There have been rumors and social media reports as to further student violence today at Mount Vernon High School after yesterday’s assault. Reports of a female student being stabbed are not true. There was an unrelated minor altercation on a school bus with no serious injuries after school. 

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In the past 10 years, the Mount Vernon City School District has introduced and grown partnerships with a number of organizations, colleges and universities to deliver exceptional academic programming to students. The District has also increased its offering of trade programs during this time, expanding possibilities for all scholars.