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Mount Vernon voters approve repurposing bond fund to accommodate anticipated student growth

Mount Vernon City School District voters have approved a plan to repurpose the district’s existing 20/20 Vision bond funds to accommodate anticipated student population growth in a 767-134 vote tonight, March 7.

Voting results are currently uncertified.

“We’re thrilled to know voters support our refined 20/20 Vision,” said Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, superintendent of schools. “Their approval of our request allows us to properly plan for the space we need to accommodate the expected influx of children into the district.  We’re grateful for their endorsement of our work to provide the best possible education to their children in the necessary, state-of-the-art surroundings.”

Board of Education President Lesly Zamor also thanked voters for their support.

“The Mount Vernon Board of Education remains committed to outstanding academic excellence,” he added. “The refined 20/20 Vision bond refinement is another example of our dedication to ensuring all our students are college and career ready. We thank the voters for their support of our mission.”

The plan calls for the repurposing of a portion of the $108 million bond approved by residents in March 2016.  Additions are proposed for several elementary school buildings, and land acquisition and building changes required public approval. More elementary level classroom space is anticipated due to new planned housing developments that will increase the school age population in the city.

In addition, the new plan also calls for keeping neighborhood schools intact. Parker Elementary School had originally been slated to become a pre-K center for the south side of the city. In response to community input, the new plan will reconfigure Parker as a pre-k through grade 8 building.