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Public Hearing for Charter School Revision on February 15

Public Hearing for Charter School Revision on February 15

The Mount Vernon City School District has been notified that the New York State Department of Education is in receipt of an application for a charter school revision to decrease its enrollment. Intellectus Preparatory Charter School, located at 175-77 Gramatan Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550 in the Mount Vernon City School District, is chartered to serve 320 students in grades 6-9 for the 2024-25 school year growing to serve 528 students in grades 6-11 by the 2026-27 school year, the final year of the current charter term. The school requests an enrollment decrease to serve 175 students in grades 6-9 for the 2024-25 school year growing to serve 275 students in grades 6-11 by the 2026-27 school year. 

As part of the approval process, the Mount Vernon City School District is required to host a public hearing and collect comments related to the application. The hearing will take place Thursday, February 15, 2024, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Board Room at the Education Center, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, 10553.  

This hearing is being held pursuant to New York State Education Law 2857(1) which states:   

  • “Prior to the issuance, revision, or renewal of a charter, the school district in which the charter school is located shall hold a public hearing to solicit comments from the community in connection with the foregoing.”  

  • “Such hearing shall be held within the community potentially impacted by the proposed charter school.”  

  • “In addition, such school districts shall be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed charter to the charter entity and such charter entity shall consider any comments raised and submit any such comments to the board of regents with the application for issuance, revision, or renewal of a charter.”  

The New York State Board of Regents, Acting Superintendent, Dr. K. Veronica Smith, and the Mount Vernon City School District welcome comments on the proposed revision, including those related to the programmatic and fiscal impact of the proposed revision on public and non-public schools in the area.  

If you are unable to appear in person at the public hearing comments may be submitted to the District Clerk via e-mail at rjames@mtvernoncsd.org with “Intellectus Preparatory Charter School”, in the subject line, or through regular mail at District Clerk, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, 10553.  

  

Basketball team, cheerleaders, administrators all smiling at the camera.

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Mr. Raimondi speaking at Public safety summit

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Dr. Smith and Betty Rosa

Mount Vernon City School District representatives, including Lorna Kirwan, Board President; Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent; Sandra Myke, Assistant Superintendent of Business; and Mark Raimondi, Associate Superintendent of Operations and Accountability, went to Albany to lobby legislators for additional resources on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. They had a productive meeting with New York State Commissioner of Education Betty A. Rosa to request assistance in retaining Foundation Aid.

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The Mount Vernon City School District celebrated Black History Month with enthusiasm and reflected on its cultural significance. Throughout the month, students learned about important figures in history, the accomplishments throughout Black history and why it is so important today. Read more about what students, staff and administrators said about what Black History Month means to them here. To hear more about what Black History Month means to the Mount Vernon City School District, view the video below.

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