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Director of STEAM Dr. Satish Jagnandan serves as Superintendent for the Day

Director of STEAM Dr. Satish Jagnandan serves as Superintendent for the Day

Director of STEAM Dr. Satish Jagnandan has spent over 16 years in the Mount Vernon City School District; on Friday, May 3, 2024, he spent the day as the superintendent. Dr. Jagnandan served as the sixth superintendent in Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith’s Superintendent for the Day series.

“I was most excited about leading this community,” said Dr. Jagnandan. “In my almost two decades in Mount Vernon, I’ve never had the opportunity to look through the lens of a superintendent and see their scope and sequence on a daily basis. The new perspective on running the District was the most exciting.”

Dr. Jagnandan led meetings throughout the day, including one for a fundraiser being held by the District. He engaged with the school community and made decisions to keep the District running smoothly.

“What was eye-opening was the community engagement,” said Dr. Jagnandan. “I really didn’t have a chance to experience that over the last few years. Just reaching out and communicating with a lot of our stakeholders was the most impressive to me.”

To execute the duties of the role efficiently, Dr. Jagnandan needed to prioritize and delegate tasks and work as a team with other administrators in the District. 

“Since it is new to me, you want to do everything that’s happening, but sometimes you have to delegate to the assistant superintendents,” said Dr. Jagnandan. “Prioritizing and making sure that everyone's voice was heard today is really important in taking ownership of this role. I just want to thank Dr. Smith and all of the cabinet members for giving me this opportunity. There have been some wonderful leaders here that I have had the opportunity to learn from.” 
 

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.