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Public Statement Regarding Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers Contract

Public Statement Regarding Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers Contract

As the community may be aware, the Board of Education and the Mount Vernon Federation of Teachers (MVFT) have been engaged in collective bargaining for a new agreement. Although the current agreement between the parties expired on June 30, 2022, it is important to note that the District has a legal obligation to continue to honor the terms and provisions of the contract until a new agreement is reached. The foregoing includes granting “step movement” (based upon years of service) and “lane changes” (based upon the completion of graduate course credits) within the existing salary schedule which have resulted and will continue to result in an annual automatic base salary increases for certain staff members beyond the date of expiration of the contract.

Notwithstanding the parties’ inability to reach an agreement at this time, the Board wants to make clear how much we value and respect the hard work performed by members of the MVFT daily in contributing to the education of the children of this community. The fact that the Board has not reached an agreement with the MVFT has absolutely nothing to do with the appreciation the Board has for the work our staff members perform in our buildings each day. The Board is confident that the parties will ultimately reach a settlement that is fair and equitable for our valued staff and fiscally responsible for our community members. We will continue to work with the MVFT to reach a settlement that meets these important goals while simultaneously maintaining and indeed enhancing our fine educational program.

-Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent and the Mount Vernon Board Trustees

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.