Mount Vernon Board of Education approves proposed $238.7 million budget for the 2016-2017 school year
The Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education unanimously approved a proposed $238,749,835 budget for the 2016-2017 school year, which has a zero percent increase in the tax levy.
The total proposed taxes to be collected by the school district will be $134,077,473, which is unchanged for the third consecutive year.
“The details of this budget are representative of what this district feels is critically important: Giving each child in the Mount Vernon School District the very best opportunities for the best education possible,” said Board of Education President Adriane G. Saunders. “We are hopeful voters will feel the same.”
The proposed budget is a 3.41 percent increase, or $7,862,462, above last year’s approved budget of $230,887,373.
“Our focus remains first and foremost on student achievement and success,” said Superintendent Kenneth R. Hamilton. “We took great care to ensure this budget is in alignment with our long-term 20/20 Vision bond plans. We are positioning Mount Vernon to be the epicenter for outstanding and long-lasting student accomplishments in this region. The 21st Century learning environment we are creating will be the example others will want to follow.”
The proposed budget, which goes before voters on May 17, includes:
· Creation of six new English native learner positions
· Creation of six new special education teachers
· Continuation of the beautification program at five elementary schools and Mandela High School
· Expansion of the middle school sports program to include wrestling, volleyball and softball
· Introduction of transportation for Mandela students to allow them to attend Mount Vernon High School for career and technical
education (CTE) programs
· Introduction of Special Olympics program for special education students and to reinforce the importance of community service to
those supporting the program
· Realizing an oil cost-savings of 95 percent over the previous year due to the district’s energy performance contract (EPC).
· Realizing an electric cost-savings of 35 percent over the previous year due the district’s EPC.
· Acquisition of new financial software to modernize and create greater efficiencies for payroll and human resources
· Acquisition of a new identification card system for students and staff
The proposed budget is 100 percent aligned with the Board of Education’s goals to create systems to promote student achievement and increase outcomes, paying particular attention to subgroups in order to close the student achievement gap and developing and implementing a multi-year plan for improving buildings, grounds, and facilities including the exploration of private and public partnerships.
To learn more and review the budget presentation, visit: http://www.mtvernoncsd.org/community/budget.