• Staffers sacrifice 5% more to ‘put students first’

    Mount Vernon schools announced Monday that teachers and other staff members have agreed to take an additional five percent cut in pay beginning in August 2011.
    According to superintendent Tom Kopatich, the decision is the result of the corporation’s desire to be proactive and to continue to put the needs of students first.

  • Principal for a Day

    The Mount Vernon Democrat was invited to shadow MVJHS princpal Jerry Funkhouser to see what it’s like to be principal for a day Wednesday, Nov. 17. Funkhouser arranged the activity in recognition of National Education Week, Nov. 15-19.

    Respect is a word that students at Mount Vernon Junior High School hear every day.
    That’s because principal Jerry Funkhouser closes the morning announcements telling his students to “respect and treat others as you would like to be respected and treated.”

  • Scott Dallas takes the lead in music department

    By: Corey Woolsey

    When Mount Vernon Band Director Tim Barnett decided to leave the school system, administrators only had to look as far as the Junior High for his replacement.
    Scott Dallas has been the band director at the Mount Vernon Junior High and an assistant to Barnett for the past 11 years. This year he takes over as the director for both schools.