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Community Message - May 10, 2024

Community Message - May 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. 

Today, there was an increased security presence as well as a Mount Vernon Police Department presence at Mount Vernon High School throughout the day. We appreciate our partnership with the Mount Vernon Police. Additional school district security guards, including a supervisor of security, school district administrators, and a clinical team of the district’s counselors were at the school. This increased presence of school security, administrators and clinical team will continue at the school next week.

Principal Dr. Pauline Pearce and her administrative team met with teachers before the school day to discuss safety measures. Dr. K. Veronica Smith, acting superintendent, and Mark Raimondi, associate superintendent for operations and accountability, were also present at the school at the beginning of the day to provide support.



Admin posing with no place for hate signs.

For the second year, all 16 Mount Vernon City School District schools were presented with No Place for Hate (NPFH) banners at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at NYU Skirball Center in Manhattan. The district continues to be the largest and now is the first school district in Westchester County to have all of its schools designated as Gold Star No Place for Hate.  

Nathaniel Edwards in front of paper planes on wall.

Nathaniel Edwards, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, was recently accepted into Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation and Technology, where he will pursue a degree in the Aircraft Operations program. 

Judges speaking at panel discussion

Mount Vernon community members visited Mount Vernon High School for an educational celebration of the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education on Friday, May 17, 2024. The Mount Vernon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held the celebration to recognize figures who fought against segregation and to acknowledge the progress that is still needed.