• School meets to prep for crisis

    Mount Vernon School administrators, law enforcement and first-responders met during a safe schools seminar to open the lines of communication between the the school and police in the case of an active shooter emergency.

  • School collects 2,000 books

    For the first time, the Mount Vernon Student Honor Council partnered with teachers, staff and other students to collect books for the Indiana State Teacher’s Association-Lugar book drive.
    Sen. Richard Lugar has hosted a book drive for years and has recently partnered with ISTA.
    Last year, 60,000 books were collected in Indiana by schools in Indiana.
    This year, Mount Vernon schools collected nearly 2,000 books to take to Lugar’s office in Evansville.

  • North Posey Schools approve improvements at NES

    North Posey’s school board voted unanimously to let bids for summer renovations to North Elementary School.
    Todd Cullum, an architect with VPS, explained the project and bid structure to the board at the Friday, Jan. 14 school board meeting.
    According to Cullum, the project is divided up into two bids, with the first for general contractors. This bid includes plumbing and electrical work and ceiling repairs.

  • Cargill to award $350,000 in scholarships to high school seniors

    Cargill will award $350,000 in scholarships to high-school seniors who live in communities where Cargill has operations and plan to enroll in post-secondary education next fall.
    The national program will award 350 scholarships of $1,000. In addition, each recipient’s high school will receive a $200 grant.
    National FFA will process the applications and select the scholarship recipients, although students do not need to be FFA members to be eligible for Cargill’s program.

  • Opportunity Center offers adult GED class

    The Mount Vernon Opportunity Center will have open enrollment for GED classes for adults Tuesday, Jan. 18. Classes are 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday.
    The Opportunity Center is located at Sixth and Byrd Streets in the high school.
    For more information or to register, call Greg at 480-4219.

  • 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.