Public Statement - Nov. 2, 2022
November 2, 2022
This evening, the Board of Education appointed Cerini & Associates, LLP to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of the School District’s grant program. Cerini & Associates is a regional accounting firm based on Long Island. It counts internal and external auditing as well as forensic accounting among its many capabilities.
This review will include an examination of:
- The School District’s process for procurement of vendors.
- Specific grant awards that have been made to the School District by the federal government, the State of New York, their respective agencies, departments, or other awarding entities.
- The manner in which grant funding has been utilized by the School District.
- Program oversight by the School District and other responsible parties, if applicable.
The audit will initially focus on awards made to one particular vendor and will commence as quickly as possible. Cerini & Associates will be reporting its findings to the Board on an ongoing basis culminating in a final report to the Board.
Students, teachers, and community members from countries around the world filled the cafeteria for Mount Vernon High School’s No Place for Hate - A Walk Around the Globe on Friday, January 20, 2023. The room was lined with flags from around the world, and tables were set up with displays detailing the cultures of each country. There was an assortment of food from several countries as well.
Universal Prekindergarten students in the Mount Vernon City School District are currently learning about health and nutrition. To support the learning in this unit, pre-K students from across the district took a trip to House of Sports.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, pre-K students in Stephanie Tirado’s class created a "Peaceful Promise Tree."
Three Mount Vernon City School District scholars were given awards at the African American Men of Westchester’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Youth Awards Luncheon on Monday, January 16, 2023.
Traphagen scholars took an in-house field trip that featured a tortoise, ferret, and albino rabbit. Students were allowed to touch all the animals and see them up close. Nick Coon, a naturalist educator at Greenburgh Nature Center, brought his scaly and furry friends to Traphagen School on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, for the field trip.
A month after the beginning of the Mount Vernon City School District's universal pre-kindergarten program for 3-year-olds (UPK-3), parents are seeing development in their children's communication and reading skills. Scholars began their pre-K journey at WestCOP Bethel Early Childhood Center, Friendship for Tots, and Our Lady of Victory School.
Winter concerts, performances, and celebrations were underway throughout the Mount Vernon City School District in the week leading up to the holiday break.
Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.