MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The following is a letter from Mount Vernon Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton to the school community:
Hello and welcome back to the 2015-2016 academic year! As I reflect on the last school year, I am filled with a sense of great accomplishment and hope for the future. The 2014-2015 school year saw many changes for our district, including the renaming of the Longfellow Schools for Benjamin and Rebecca Turner, the reorganization of the district’s leadership team and a renewed commitment toward early childhood literacy.
As the new school year gets underway, I am optimistic that we will continue to build upon the successes of last year and continue to transform this great school district. I am so thankful for the tremendous team we have in place who worked to ensure our buildings and grounds were ready to receive students last week. Our maintenance crews worked around the clock, placing the final touches on our schools. At Pennington, we were excited to welcome prekindergarten students and eighth-graders into the newly installed modular classrooms. These classrooms have allowed our district to make good on promises to transform our schools into K-8 facilities.
Throughout the district, work has begun to beautify both our buildings and grounds. You will notice new sidewalks and fresh paint in a number of buildings. As the year progresses, we will continue this effort with a hope that each building will benefit from a beautification project. We realize that some buildings require extensive work both in terms of repairs and maintenance. Over the next few weeks, you will begin to hear about a proposed bond referendum to address many of these needs. Building principals have been tasked with establishing short-term committees to make recommendations for possible inclusion in an upcoming bond referendum. I look forward to reviewing these recommendations with the Board of Trustees as we finalize a bond for a vote this winter.
These are just some of the many capital projects underway to ensure our students receive the high-quality education they deserve. Stay tuned to the district website and look for new editions of “Supt Scoop” that will further highlight the exceptional programs, opportunities and happenings in the Mount Vernon City School District.
Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, superintendent of schools
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