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Education

  • Wildcats to play on new turf field next season

    When the 2019 Mount Vernon Wildcats hit the gridiron in the fall, they will be doing so on a new artificial turf field.

    The Mount Vernon School Board met on Wednesday in a special meeting to break the news, and to vote for approval.

    The new field, which will cost $780,000 will begin construction in June according to Superintendent Tom Kopatich and be complete for the new school year.

    The cost of the field will be covered by four community sponsors, including Countrymark, WSI, the Greater Mount Vernon Association and an anonymous donor group.

  • Reading and speaking promoted with Mount Vernon student's project

    In today’s culture, reading and communication in its traditional form has suffered with our advances in technology.

    Emma Yarber, a junior at Mount Vernon High School hopes to change that trend.

    Yarber’s Read It and Speak project came from wanting to start a new platform in the community.

    “I love to read and I am really comfortable with public speaking,” said Yarber. “I wanted to promote those important skills to the youth and the people in my community.

  • Kopatich and wife call it a career

    After a nine-year career as Mount Vernon Superintendent and 28 years prior to that as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Tom Kopatich, along with his wife, Janice, have decided to make this their last year as educators.

    Kopatich, a graduate of Castle High School, began his career at Castle Junior High in 1982, where he taught for five years. He arrived in Mount Vernon as a teacher in 1994, after a seven-year period at Gibson Southern.

    In 2002, he became an administrator at the MSD of Mount Vernon, including Assistant Superintendent to Dr. Keith Spurgeon.

  • Gonzalez hopes to protect, serve and educate in new role as School Resource Officer

    The headlines never seem to let up, they seem to drop back to back.
    School shootings and violence have unfortunately become common in our current culture.
    Gone are the days of not worrying about sending your students to school, for fear they may not be safe.
    The City of Mount Vernon, along with the MSD of Mount Vernon are taking a proactive measure to help alleviate some of those fears for parents.

  • School offices open next week

    The time for students to return to classes is rapidly approaching. The MSD of Mount Vernon recently released information for all students on the upcoming school year.

    All school building offices will open on July 27, 2018. Office hours until school resumes are from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Specific questions should be directed to the appropriate school principal’s office. Please follow each of our schools on Facebook for additional information.

  • School faces uphill battle with summer renovations

    Stepping into Mount Vernon High School currently brings you into a building that has much work to be done to be ready for classes in early August. A mark that Buildings and Grounds Director David Frye said will likely not be hit.

    Last Monday, members of the Mount Vernon School Board took a tour of the school with Frey and other administrators to see what work was to be done on the building.

    The work is part of a project to bring all buildings to the same standards in HVAC, as well as lighing, windows and other improvements.

  • MVHS graduates over 150 in Class of 2018

    The Mount Vernon Senior Class of 2018 celebrated the culmination of their high school lives on Friday at the school’s commencement exercises.

    The class of over 150 entered the gymnasium filled with family and friends to Pomp and Circumstance and settled in to an evening of reflection, memories and joy.

    Senior Class President Emily Duckworth welcomed everyone and Vice President Landon Upshaw introduced the dignitaries in attendance.

  • Hostetter named Junior High Principal

    When The Mount Vernon Junior High was in need of a new Principal for the 2018-19 school year, they didn’t have to look to far.

    Marc Hostetter, the school’s Assistant Principal, will make the long move across the hall this summer.

    Hostetter, known by most from his time as the Mount Vernon Boys Basketball coach, began as Assistant Principal just a year and a half ago. He said the Junior High is a good fit for him.

  • Wildcat English team tops in State

    The Mount Vernon English Super Bowl team came into State competition this past weekend ranked number one, scoring higher than all other 278 teams in all classes at the Area meet last month.

    At the State meet, the tem didn’t disappoint, winning the gold.

    At Conference, the English team was near perfect, scoring 24 out of 25 points.

    The Social Studies team was third, the Science team was second and the Math and Interdisciplanary team were both first at Conference.

  • Hedges project still a huge success

    It has been just short of a decade since the hustle and bustle of students filled the halls of Hedges Central Elementary School in Mount Vernon, but the building is still being put to good use.

    The continuing drop in enrollment numbers cause the closure of the school, and the process of finding another use for the building.

    After the decision was made to make the changeover to a community center, the first person to make the move in was Randy Woodall.