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Many Mount Vernon Teachers Opt For Early Retirement

Several Mount Vernon teachers will not be returning next year after opting for early retirement.
Several Mount Vernon teachers will not be returning next year after opting for early retirement. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon School District will say goodbye to 58 longtime teachers and seven administrators who elected to retire early after being offered an incentive package.

In an effort to cut costs, the Mount Vernon School Board approved the proposal that offered a $35,000 package to the teachers who have the most experience and training, and who thus demand the highest salaries.

Administrators Barbara Schrager, Lyuba Sesay, Awilda Ramos, Peter Regaglia, D. Nick DeFretias, Louis T. Cioffi and Angela Addesso said their goodbyes to peers, co-workers and the school district at a Wednesday night reception at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.

Each teacher received a plaque from the School Board, a certificate of appreciation and a “Tiffany Apple.” A citation was also presented from Sen. Ruth Hassel-Thompson for their service to the community and district.

Interim Superintendent Judith Johnson served as a guest speaker at the event. She praised the outgoing teachers and administrators and said they are already working to bring fresh blood into the school district.

“We are going to miss these teachers, and I wish them well,” she said. “We are currently recruiting new teachers and our standards are very high. Only the best will be invited into Mount Vernon.”

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