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  1. COVID-19: School District In Westchester Goes Remote Due To Increase In Cases

    COVID-19: School District In Westchester Goes Remote Due To Increase In Cases

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton announced that the district will be transitioning to its distance learning model on Wednesday, Dec. 22, through at least the middle of January. "We have all been watching as Broadway closed, professional sports have been affected, and some states (Maryland) have moved to remote lear...
  2. COVID-19: Westchester School District Pushes In-Person Learning Into November

    COVID-19: Westchester School District Pushes In-Person Learning Into November

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said that the district was forced to adjust its plans to transition to a hybrid learning model due to “mitigating factors” that impacted their plans and “influenced their decisions.” The revised plan calls for the beginning of in-person learning in mid-November.“Our plan focuses on ...
  3. Three Killed In Apparent Westchester Murder-Suicide

    Three Killed In Apparent Westchester Murder-Suicide

    Police & Fire

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said that the community was “devastated” by the daughter’s death.“Under normal circumstances, this is a difficult thing to bear,” he said. “But on top of trying to get our students to cope with the effects of COVID-19 and their lives being disrupted and learning this new normal, and...
  4. Fights Still Going On Following Mayor's Unannounced Visit To Mount Vernon HS With Rapper Fatboy

    Fights Still Going On Following Mayor's Unannounced Visit To Mount Vernon HS With Rapper Fatboy

    News

    ...Kenneth Hamilton.During the visit - which was without notice or authorization - students got riled up and proceeded to begin fighting when the rapper reportedly “made it rain,” throwing money around, which led to the chaotic scene. No injuries were reported, but a trophy case, doors and a windo...
  5. Westchester Mayor’s Unexpected School Visit With Rapper Leads To Chaos

    Westchester Mayor’s Unexpected School Visit With Rapper Leads To Chaos

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton.During the visit - which was without notice or authorization - students got riled up and proceeded to begin fighting when the rapper reportedly “made it rain,” throwing money around, which led to the chaotic scene. No injuries were reported, but a trophy case and window were broken ...
  6. Mount Vernon School District Authorizes Legal Action Against Mayor, Rapper, Following HS Chaos

    Mount Vernon School District Authorizes Legal Action Against Mayor, Rapper, Following HS Chaos

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton.During the visit - which was without notice or authorization - students got riled up and proceeded to begin fighting when the rapper reportedly “made it rain,” throwing money around, which led to the chaotic scene. No injuries were reported, but a trophy case and window were broken ...
  7. Pros Prove To Be 'Giants' In Teaching Student-Athletes About Respect In Westchester

    Pros Prove To Be 'Giants' In Teaching Student-Athletes About Respect In Westchester

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said. “I am very pleased that the New York Giants organization is here and selected our students to be a part of this initiative with My Sisters’ Place to help prevent the spread of this issue and help us to become better people and citizens in the communities that we represent.”My ...
  8. New Middle School Principal: 'Mount Vernon Immediately Felt Like Home'

    New Middle School Principal: 'Mount Vernon Immediately Felt Like Home'

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said, “I am excited to have Mr. McBride work in conjunction with the community of teachers, faculty, and staff at Benjamin Turner to create a positive and academically-stimulating environment for its students. “His experience and proven leadership skills – as both an administrator a...
  9. Cannon Ball! Mount Vernon To Open Renovated HS Swimming Pool To Public

    Cannon Ball! Mount Vernon To Open Renovated HS Swimming Pool To Public

    Lifestyle

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said last year. “This aquatic facility will provide Mount Vernon residents with year-round access to a pool where they can receive instructional lessons and engage in recreational activities.”
  10. Mount Vernon Schools Expands Uniform Policy

    Mount Vernon Schools Expands Uniform Policy

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said he “is pleased by the support this initiative has garnered.”“District parents initiated this Uniform Policy adoption; and across the City of Mount Vernon, they are very supportive of this effort, citing the cost-effectiveness of the program and improvement in the school culture...
  11. Mount Vernon BOE Approves Near $252M Schools Budget, Vote Set For May 15

    Mount Vernon BOE Approves Near $252M Schools Budget, Vote Set For May 15

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton took the helm in 2014.The spending plan is $5.8 million (2.36 percent) more than last year’s budget, and includes staff, programs and capital improvements that “will keep the district moving toward the goals set forth in the Superintendent’s 20/20 Vision for Academic Excellence,” ac...
  12. Mount Vernon To Retire Jersey Number Of Slain Teenage Basketball Star

    Mount Vernon To Retire Jersey Number Of Slain Teenage Basketball Star

    Sports

    ...Kenneth Hamilton and other officials to retire McKenzie’s number 30 Lady Knights jersey, making her the last athlete to wear it. A star for both the Mount Vernon Junior Knights, Lady Elites and the High School JV Lady Knights, McKenzie had dreams of attending the University of Connecticut to play un...
  13. Mount Vernon School Officials Outline 'High Schools Of Choice'

    Mount Vernon School Officials Outline 'High Schools Of Choice'

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton’s “20/20 Vision,” the district has announced an update regarding its “three schools of choice.”Hamilton began a true rebuild of the school in 2016, following the approval of a “historic” $108 million bond referendum by taxpayers which is allowing for an overhaul of infrastructure an...
  14. Mount Vernon Hosts 'My Brother's Keeper' Local Action Summit For Students

    Mount Vernon Hosts 'My Brother's Keeper' Local Action Summit For Students

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton said following the event.The Summit included breakout sessions led by Shayne Brooks, Special Assistant to Mayor Richard Thomas and Community Liaison for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and Brother Arthur Muhammed, the liaison for the Mount Vernon City School District.“Mount Verno...
  15. Mount Vernon Basketball Standout Signed, Sealed To Play Division I

    Mount Vernon Basketball Standout Signed, Sealed To Play Division I

    Sports

    ...Kenneth Hamilton - who recently had his contract extended - said that this is just the latest instance that shows the school district is one on the rise.“Each time one of our students is acknowledged in the way that Jason is, it is an affirmation about a couple of things,” he said. “One is that our ...
  16. Mount Vernon Students See New Uniforms From State Senator

    Mount Vernon Students See New Uniforms From State Senator

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton added. “In turn, this helps our students feel even better about their classroom work and experiences.  It’s a win-win for everyone, and we are extremely grateful to Senator Bailey.”In a statement, Edward Williams Principal Crystal Waterman said that “this is a positive example for o...
  17. Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent's Contract Extended For '20/20 Vision'

    Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent's Contract Extended For '20/20 Vision'

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton has been given an extra year to continue his transformation of the district after signing an extension to stay at the helm.The Mount Vernon School Board approved a one-year extension for Hamilton this week, which will retain his services in the city through August 2022, giving him m...
  18. Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent Honored At Classroom Naming Dedication

    Mount Vernon Schools Superintendent Honored At Classroom Naming Dedication

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton, in “recognition of (his) commitment to early childhood education and student success,” and his “ongoing commitment to begin the process of ensuring student success by starting the education process at an early age.For years, Mount Vernon students had few or no opportunities to star...
  19. Mount Vernon Students Shining Under Schools Superintendent

    Mount Vernon Students Shining Under Schools Superintendent

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton. The State Education Department released the results of this year’s Common Core tests, with proficiency rising in the ELA from 37.9 percent to 39.8 percent (an increase of 1.9 percent) and the statewide combined math proficiency score rising from 39.1 percent to 40.2 percent (1.1).I...
  20. Wyclef Jean Leads Mount Vernon 'My Brother's Keeper' Superintendent Summit

    Wyclef Jean Leads Mount Vernon 'My Brother's Keeper' Superintendent Summit

    Schools

    ...Kenneth Hamilton’s “Summit on My Brother’s Keeper.”Last year, Mount Vernon became the second Westchester County municipality - behind its neighbors in New Rochelle - to accept former President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” challenge, which is designed to increase and improve opportunities for...
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