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Education

  • Students, parents voice safety concerns at school board meetings

    Mercedes Angel, 17, went before the Mount Vernon school board Aug. 15 and asked for a formal apology from administrators.
    Angel’s Mustang was one of eight vehicles severely damaged in the high school parking lot during a flash flood Aug. 10.
    Angel said she knew the administration couldn’t control the weather, but thought they could have offered m ore assistance and sympathy to her and other students.  

  • 4G coverage no longer offered due to program budget cuts

    The beginning of the 2016-2017 school year brought a big change to the iPad policy at Mount Vernon junior and senior high schools.

    Students are no longer provided 4G data coverage access on the devices.

    The change was a direct response to federal funding cuts, according to Loren Evans, director of business at MSD of Mount Vernon.

    The Universal Service Fund is a federal program that provides learning institutions half price rebates on technology services like Internet access and data plans.

  • Enrollment in the MSD of Mount Vernon continues to drop

          Enrollment in the MSD of Mount Vernon is down for the eighth year in a row, according to statistics provided at the school board meeting Aug. 1.        

  • School board reduces budget, discusses future projects

     The MSD of Mount Vernon concluded its discussions of the 2016-17 budget during its meeting Aug. 1.

    MSD gets more money from the state

  • West Elementary and SABIC partner for clothing drive

    By Rachel Christian

    West Elementary and SABIC will host a back-to-school clothing drive for qualifying students later this month.

    West and SABIC have teamed up to collect clothing and provide one free outfit for students who qualify. Employees from AstraZ,eleea and Keaco are also participating in the program. A free lunch will be provided for participants.

  • West students benefit from SABIC Mentor program

    West Elementary students in Mount Vernon have been benefiting from a mentor program for several years, thanks to SABIC and former principal, Paul Swanson.

  • MSD takes first step in energy efficiency project

    By Rachel Christian

    The MSD of Mount Vernon approved the first step in a three year project that aims to improve the energy efficiency at all district schools.

    The school board discussed plans for its Guaranteed Energy Efficiency project, which will replace outdated and failing equipment at area schools with more energy effective options that will last at least 20 years.

    Renovations will focus on areas like chillers and boilers, classroom HVAC units, water pumps, window replacements, and LED lighting upgrades.

  • School board approves student travel to tech conference

    By Rachel Christian

    A group of Mount Vernon High School students will attend a special technology conference in Colorado later this month after funds for the trip were approved by the Mount Vernon School Board last week.

    The school board unanimously approved for three students and a faculty member to attend and present at the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) in Denver, Colorado. The trip is scheduled for June 25 to June 28.

  • North Posey accepts bid for school project

    Two schools within the Metropolitan School District of North Posey will undergo renovations this summer as the school board recently accepted a bid for two projects.

    Danco Construction in Evansville was awarded as the contractor for remodeling North Posey High School’s art room and constructing additional learning spaces at North Elementary. The total cost will be $697,000.

    North Posey Superintendent Dr. Todd Camp said the money to pay for the projects will come from the Capital Projects and Rainy Day funds.

  • Swanson embarking on new adventure

    “Good morrow to this fair assembly.” Many members of the Mount Vernon community are familiar with who quotes that particular phrase; now, the students of an elementary school in Virginia will have the privilege of learning that expression.

    West Elementary Principal Paul Swanson will embark on a new adventure in July as he is moving to Falls Church, Virginia to serve as the principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary. The school is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.