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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.

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

Mount Vernon High School boys' basketball team beat New Rochelle in the Section 1 Class AAA basketball championship on Sunday, March 3, 2024, during an intense and dynamic game at the Westchester County Center. Mount Vernon came back to win the championship with a 41-37 win. Junior Tavien Tyler scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, leading the comeback against New Rochelle.  

Mr. Raimondi speaking at Public safety summit

Students and young people up to 25 years old partook in discussions about public safety in Mount Vernon on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at the City of Mount Vernon’s Youth Public Safety Summit. The event was hosted by the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Cities United, an organization committed to helping cities improve across America. 

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.

Black History Month

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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MVHS Paris students

At the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024, the Mount Vernon City School District said ‘Bon Voyage!’ to 18 Mount Vernon High School students who are going to Paris. Students departed on their plane to France on Friday, February 16.