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Updated Time for the Public Hearing on the Amani Public Charter School Revision Request

Updated Time for the Public Hearing on the Amani Public Charter School Revision Request

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 increase its grade span, to add kindergarten through Grade 4 to its current Grade 5 through Grade 8 configuration; and to make a corresponding increase to its authorized enrollment from 355 students to 570 students, within the Mount Vernon City School District. The proposed revision is for “Amani Public Charter School”.

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 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2024in 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 “Amani Public Charter School” in the subject line, or through regular mail at District Clerk, 165 N. Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York, 10553.

Danielle Browne

Danielle R. Browne, Esq., founding attorney of the Browne Firm PLLC and city councilperson for the City of Mount Vernon, graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2006. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was the captain of the women’s basketball team, and received her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Since then, she has started her own law firm and made her impact on her hometown as a city councilperson.

Dr. Smith receiving proclamation.

Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith received a proclamation from New York State Senator Jamal Bailey, recognizing her for her exemplary service to the community and the State of New York for Women’s History Month on Friday, April 5, 2024. Nakia Hiland, director of Safe Place for Our Girls, from the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and Unique Groom, community liaison for Jamal Bailey presented the proclamation to Dr. Smith.  

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4-5-2024
Dr. K. Veronica Smith, Acting Superintendent of Schools: 

Greetings MVCSD Community,

At approximately 10:23 a.m., there was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in New Jersey. The aftershocks were felt throughout the Tri-State area. Several of our school buildings felt the tremors, which lasted for less than 30 seconds.

There have been no reports of staff or student injuries due to this incident. As a precaution, we will have indoor activities for our students for the remainder of the day. We will keep you updated on any developments on this matter if necessary.

Students strapping instructor onto board

Mount Vernon City School District students, equipped with medical supplies, administered care to mannequins during their emergency medical technician (EMT) training course at Mount Vernon High School on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department added a new EMT program earlier in the school year, and classes began in December. 

Dr. Waterman Superintendent for a Day

A new, but familiar, face occupied the Mount Vernon City School District superintendent’s desk on Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Dr. Crystal Waterman, Edward Williams School principal, served as the superintendent for the day to begin Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith’s “Superintendent for a Day,” series. Dr. Smith served as the principal at Edward Williams.