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Public Statement regarding grant investigation

Public Statement regarding grant investigation

As you are aware, in February of 2023, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York began an investigation regarding the alleged mismanagement of Grant Funding by the District. All substantive aspects of the District’s Grant Funding Program which are the subject of the above referenced inquiry were facilitated under the leadership of the Superintendent of Schools for the Mount Vernon City School District, Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy. It is our understanding that their ongoing investigation has not been completed at this time.

Prior to the commencement of the above-referenced investigation, the District engaged Cerini and Associates, LLP to conduct a comprehensive audit to discern whether the District followed its Purchasing and Payment Policies as well as applicable Federal and State regulations for the Selection and Monitoring of services provided by vendors. A redacted version of the report was previously made available to the community. In short, the Cerini Report raised significant concerns of impropriety.

In keeping with our fiduciary responsibilities, please be assured that we have diligently pursued Cerini’s findings and intend to bring you answers and an ultimate resolution.

To that end, the District has retained outside counsel, Aiello & Cannick, who has been charged with commencing its own investigation on behalf of the Board and thereafter making appropriate recommendations to hold those responsible for any improprieties accountable for their actions.

We will continue to keep the community apprised of this matter to the extent necessary and legally appropriate.

Picture of Dr. Thomas with maroon on sides.

Dr. Albert “George” Thomas, M.D., M.S., graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1975. He studied medicine at ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and became an obstetrician and gynecologist following his education.  

Mr. Jose Formoso

The Mount Vernon City School District named Jose Formoso as its new Assistant Superintendent for Business during the Special Meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday July 9, 2024. Mr. Formoso brings over a decade of experience in finances to this role, having earned a Bachelor of Science in business economics from SUNY Oneonta in 2003. In 2009, Mr. Formoso received a Master of Business Administration in financial management from Pace University. 

Students holding stuffed animals

The pre-kindergarten students were buzzing with creativity and excitement, showing off their new stuffed friends to staff and classmates. These children were given the chance to assemble their own personalized stuffed animals by hand during yesterday’s summer camp session on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. 

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Greetings MVCSD Community, 

As we conclude this school year, I am filled with immense gratitude and pride for all that we have accomplished together.

I want to commend our hard-working students, faculty, staff, families, and administrators on a wonderful and successful school year. Our teachers, who are the backbone of this District and essential to our children’s education, are role models for our children and exercise courage, passion, patience, and love daily. Our teachers played a pivotal role in the success of the 2023 -24 school year.