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Education

  • Club receives donation for upcoming trip

    Students in Mount Vernon Junior High’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group received a $2,000 contribution for their upcoming national trip thanks to local logistics company, WSI. FCCLA is a national volunteer-based student group that established a local chapter at Mount Vernon Junior High in August.

    During its first year, advisor and teacher Tammy Schneider worked to strengthen the new group and increase its presence in the community.

  • High school undergoes administrative changes

    After 15 years as Mount Vernon High School’s top administrator, Tom Russell will serve his final day as a Wildcat next week.

    For Russell, the final two-week push of exams and ceremonies arrive with a sense of finality this year.

    He is leaving after a lengthy career as both an educator and administrator. He is a Mount Vernon graduate, and served as an industrial arts instructor for many years.

  • MSD moves forward with $18M project

    The MSD of Mount Vernon is moving forward with an upcoming $18 million project after the school board approved several financial resolutions April 20.

    Known as the Guaranteed Energy Savings Project, the far-reaching renovation plan will upgrade items like boilers, chillers, windows and HVAC units all across the district. Many of these items are long past their recommended retirement age, and are costing the district money in higher energy costs.

  • Annual performance report shows increase in Mount Vernon graduation rate

     

    Graduation is up and enrollment is down across the Mount Vernon school district, according to an annual report issued by the Indiana Department of Education last week.

    The 2016 School Corporation Annual Performance Report uses data provided by IDOE and local districts to establish how well school corporations are educating students and preparing them for the future.

    Key findings in the report include:

    The high school graduation rate is now at 97 percent, a 7 percent increase from the previous school year.

  • North Posey High School to receive $609,000 renovation

    The MSD of North Posey approved a $609,100 construction bid
    for upcoming summer renovations to the high school weight room and wrestling room.

    The school district received five acceptable bids for the work before awarding the project to a company called Empire. The school board also approved spending of up to $75,000 on updated cardio and weight equipment in the nearby weight room.

  • Mount Vernon receives grant for guidance counselors

    High school guidance counselors wear many hats. Helping kids get ready for graduation and college, preparing transcripts and providing emotional support to students are just some of their many job responsibilities.

    Yet, school counselors are often beleaguered with large caseloads, which limits their ability to help students. According to the National Association of College Admission Counseling, Indiana has one of the top six highest student-to-counselor ratios in the country, averaging one counselor for every 620 students.

  • AstraZeneca partners with USI for Mount Vernon scholarship

    AstraZeneca Mount Vernon has partnered with the University of Southern Indiana Foundation to create the AZ Mt. Vernon Science & Technology Scholarship Program. The program aims to sponsor students with financial need in Mount Vernon and neighboring communities who are pursuing higher education in the fields of science and technology.

    Leaders at AstraZeneca’s Mount Vernon plant identified a need to increase “emerging local talent in the science and technology arena” during their annual business review.

  • Mount Vernon Ag Program gets $2,200 grant

    The Mount Vernon Agriculture Department received a $2,200 award last week as part of the DuPoint Pioneer sponsorship program.

    Mount Vernon Agriculture Teacher Alicia Schmidt first applied for the grant in September. In order to qualify for the grant, the application has to be sponsored by a regional farm. Schmidt received her sponsorship from Kaufman Farms, one of many groups in the community that donates time and resources to the dual junior high/senior high agriculture program.

  • The truth about raises at the MSD of Mount Vernon

    The MSD of Mount Vernon’s recent negotiations with bus drivers and custodians has raised questions in the community. One popular question has been the rate of pay for employees in the district.

    At a recent Mount Vernon school board meeting, Board President Beth McFadin-Higgins expressed concern over how pay raise information in the school district has been reported.

  • Mount Vernon, North Posey named ‘A’ school districts by state

    The MSD of Mount Vernon was one of only 23 school corporations in the state to receive an “A” rating for the 2015-2016 school year, according to district grades released by the Indiana Board of Education on Jan. 11.

    All elementary schools in the district earned an A and the junior high received a B rating. The high school received an 89.4 rating, which school officials are currently appealing for an A.

    The MSD of North Posey was also named an A school district this year.