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Mount Vernon Schools Look To Community For Input

The Mount Vernon School District hopes the community will become more involved.
The Mount Vernon School District hopes the community will become more involved. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon City School District plans to involve all segments of the community to increase involvement in discussions about how to improve the city's schools.

Beginning Monday, a series of survey sessions will ask parents, faculty members and students about how they feel the schools are performing.

Meetings will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. April 22 and 25 at the Education Center on North Columbus Avenue.

Areas such as academic preparation, student support, school leadership, teacher quality, school operations and parent and community engagement will be evaluated.

“We welcome this survey mandated by the New York State Education Department, as it invites everyone who interacts with our schools to share their thoughts on what we do well and where we can improve,” Interim Superintendent Judith Johnson said. “I promise that our conversations will continue beyond this one initiative.”

The school district will be working with independent research and communication firm K12 Insight, which will administer the survey. Surveys will be returned in an anonymous manner. Surveys can be found on the district’s website .

At the survey sessions, community members can discuss the performance of the district. The survey will be closed April 29, and the results will be shared with an Integrated Intervention Team, which will follow up on the results through focus groups of students, faculty and parents.

“We embrace the opportunity to hear from all of our stakeholders through this effort mandated by the state,” Johnson said. “I know that such transparency will help us build more trust, which will lead to more productive collaboration as we work toward achieving equitable educational opportunities and experiences.”

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