MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Fresh on the heels of announcing Leonard Sarver as the new Mount Vernon School Board President, the board continues its overhaul with a new trustee.
What Is The Biggest Challenge The School Board Faces?View Results
What Is The Biggest Challenge The School Board Faces?
Finding a proper permanent superintendent candidate.13%
Increasing communication between the district and city.4%
The "K-8" Restructuring Plan.6%
Adjusting to the Common Core Learning Standards.0%
Crafting a budget that reduces the strain on taxpayers.40%
Earning the trust of a weary public.38%
Darthea “Darcy” Miller, a longtime Mount Vernon resident, was formally appointed as a new trustee earlier this month, inheriting the seat of former President Gerald Whiteside, who unexpectedly resigned for personal and professional reasons in February.
The Mount Vernon Board of Education is now operating at full strength, with all nine members.
Miller is one of the founding members of the Mount Vernon Star Scholars Program, which mentors students in need in an attempt to help them attain a college education. Miller’s program assists with several things that typically plague high school students, such as standardized test preparation, picking out a suitable university, and securing financial aid.
Before she became a student advocate, Miller spent more than 30 years in the communications field, specializing in sales, marketing and management.
Miller’s appointment comes at a pivotal time, as Mount Vernon continues searching for interim Superintendent Judith Johnson’s permanent replacement.
The field of potential candidates was recently narrowed to four distinguished educators - Kenneth R. Hamilton, Robert-Wayne Harris, David C. McCalla and Richard D. Tomko – who each met with the board and community during a lengthy public meet-and-greet last month where they made their case on behalf of themselves.
It will be a year of upheaval at the Mount Vernon School District, as it adjusts to a new superintendent, Board president and begin transitioning to a “K-8” model. At the same time, teachers and students alike are still familiarizing themselves with the new state Common Core Learning Standards. The budget also remains a looming obstacle, after the second vote only passed by 20 affidavit votes.
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