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Principal of the Year and Knight Light awards given at Board of Education meeting

Principal of the Year and Knight Light awards given at Board of Education meeting

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. 

“Dr. White and Ms. Rhodes have done a fantastic job this year, and during their entire time in the District, to serve our scholars,” said Dr. Smith. “They have put scholars first at every step and have done great work to bring us back to the basics of educating our children.” 

Dr. White won Principal of the Year for her outstanding work in her first year at Pennington, and Ms. Rhodes received the Knight Light Award. 

“Thank you to both Dr. Melissa White and Marybeth Rhodes for your commitment to our students,” said President Kirwan. “These honors are well deserved, and we are so glad to have you in our District, supporting our scholars every day.” 

The Knight Light Awards reads, “For her outstanding contributions to the Mount Vernon City School District and the students of the State of New York and the nation, she will be forever remembered for her unwavering commitment to social justice, equality and equity in education. Her commitment to education and our children was always a labor of love.” 

President Kirwan, Marybeth Rhodes and Dr. Smith.


 

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.