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Mount Vernon community discusses issues facing the city at public safety summit

Mount Vernon community discusses issues facing the city at public safety summit

The Mount Vernon community filled up Grace Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, and passionately discussed the public safety concerns in the city during a public safety summit hosted by the City of Mount Vernon. 

“I applaud everyone for showing up, and now my real challenge for you is to stay engaged…” said Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard at the event attended by public officials, local organizations and concerned citizens. “We’re asking that we have more future collective dates so we can get to know each other, so we can find out what our strengths and our weaknesses are, and who has the best knowledge, skills and abilities and passion or desire of learning to be a part of this process.”  

Joanne Dunn, executive director at the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, facilitated the forum. Representatives from Cities United, an organization dedicated to making cities safer, also led parts of the discussion.  

Community members discussed the public safety concerns of Mount Vernon, the strengths of the city and what youth can do to help improve public safety.  

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith and Associate Superintendent for Operations and Accountability Mark Raimondi attended to listen to the community's concerns. 

"When the community comes together to solve problems, that is when we have the most success,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith. “As someone who grew up in Mount Vernon, I will always be an advocate for a safer community, especially for our scholars." 

As community members spoke, many agreed that part of the solution is getting everyone consistently involved and driving more young people to get involved in the issues surrounding the city.  

“I’m also a community member, so it's great to see the community come together,” said Mr. Raimondi.  

Mr. Raimondi, Dr. Smith, Dr. White, and Ms. Hopkins
Dr. Smith smiling at Mayor as they speak
Mayor speaking to crowd
Cities united representative speaking to crowd
Cities united representatives speaking to crowd
Cities united representatives speaking to crowd
Cities United representative reading off questions on wall
Dr. Smith smiling at Mayor as they speak



3 students with new sneakers and Jude

Four deserving students left school with new pairs of sneakers thanks to a donation from Jude Sainjour, cofounder of Buttafly, a clothing shop in Mount Vernon. Mr. Sainjour traveled to Grimes School to personally give the students their new shoes on Friday, September 22, 2023.

Dad and daughter

Fathers gathered around the entrance of their child's school and children beamed with happiness as their dads got a chance to visit their school. Lincoln School, Mount Vernon Leadership Academy, Hamilton School, Cecil H. Parker School and Graham School held Dads Bring Your Child to School Day on Thursday, September 21, 2023.  

Brian Simmons

The Mount Vernon City School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department has announced that it will be offering emergency medical technician (EMT) training at Mount Vernon High School. The courses will be available for around 20 12th-grade students at MVHS and Rebecca Turner Academy (RTA).

Mr. Thomas, Dr. Pope, Ms. Naughton and students.

Two alumni of Mount Vernon High School spoke to a crowd of 11th graders and motivated them to excel in their studies and accomplish great things. Erica Naughton, assistant principal at MVHS, invited Dr. Gloria Pope and Steven “Butch” Thomas to show scholars the success that Mount Vernon graduates and residents can achieve. Mr. Thomas and Dr. Pope visited MVHS on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

Logo for news post

Recently, some students in the region came across a concerning post on the popular social media platform TikTok. This post contained a generic threat that mentioned "open fire" on schools without specifying any particular school or district. It is important to note that such posts are not isolated incidents and are unfortunately prevalent on various social media platforms worldwide. Their intent is often to create alarm, annoyance, and disrupt the educational process.

Royce Russell

The Mount Vernon City School District welcomes In-House Counsel Royce Russell. Mr. Russell is an attorney specializing in employment (wrongful termination and discrimination), contracts, and civil rights violations. He will work with all aspects of the District, including legal, policies and procedures, and daily operations.