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Mount Vernon voters approve budget for 2024-2025 school year

Mount Vernon voters approve budget for 2024-2025 school year

Voters approved a $271,266,317 budget for the Mount Vernon City School District 2024-2025 school year by a 1,164-483 vote today. Results were certified following the counting of absentee ballots. 

The budget increases spending by $5,296,496, or 1.99%, from the 2023-2024 school year budget.  

The spending plan maintains academic and extracurricular programming and expands and continues investments in academic initiatives throughout the District, including early childhood education and technology and dual language programs. 

“Thank you to the Mount Vernon community for your support on this budget,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith. “This spending plan will allow us to provide a high standard of education to our scholars in the upcoming school year and continue the positive academic trends throughout the District.”  

The budget requires a 0% change to the $135,947,117 tax levy. State Foundation Aid will remain flat at $83,975,448. That accounts for 30.96% of the district’s revenue. 

The budget takes effect July 1, 2024, maintains teaching and staffing levels, and provides additional funding for transportation.  

The largest increase in spending is $4,725,885 for special education programs. Other significant increases include $105,160 for extracurricular and interscholastic sports and $759,128 for employee benefits. 

“To everyone who came out to support this budget, I want to extend my heartfelt thank you,” said Board of Education President Lorna Kirwan. “Your commitment and involvement are deeply appreciated and vital to our ongoing efforts to enhance our educational system. I am looking forward to this upcoming school year, as we continue on the mission of educating our youth and providing them with enriching opportunities and safe places to learn during and after school.” 

Voters elected four members to the Board of Education:

Dr. Donna Marable (1,175 votes)will be sworn in at a Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, May 23, 2024, and will serve a full term, expiring June 30, 2027

Wanda White (1,119  votes) will be sworn in on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, and will serve a full term, expiring June 30, 2027

Christopher McDonough (1,029 votes) will be sworn in on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, and will serve a full term, expiring June 30, 2027

Helene Thompson-Njenga (956 votes) will be sworn in at a Special Meeting   of the Board of Education on Thursday, May 23, 2024, and will serve the unexpired portion of a term that  will run through June 30, 2025. 

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. scalesofjusticeacademy.org

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.