MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (March 4, 2016) – High school students in the Mount Vernon City School District will have the opportunity to choose from one of several exciting pathways to graduation as part of the district’s 20/20 Vision and $108 million bond referendum.
The 20/20 Vision is supported by a $108 million bond, which will be voted on by city residents on March 15. The plan includes opportunities for high school students to benefit from more specialized coursework that will raise rigor and better prepare them to compete in a global society.
A.B. Davis will become a general studies and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school. Areas of specialty will include forensics, art, architecture, engineering, web design, robotics and energy systems.
The bond proposes a $19,557,009 investment to create new science labs, replace the football field with artificial turf, and replace the track and outdoor basketball court. Technology wiring for high speed Internet and wireless communication and asbestos abatement will be addressed.
Thornton High School will become a general studies and performing arts school. Its areas of specialty will include dance, theater, voice, music and visual arts. An investment of $18,848,886 is proposed in the bond for Thornton, including replacement of the roof, restoration of the turn-of-the-century auditorium and creation of a dance studio. Technology wiring for high speed Internet and wireless communication and asbestos abatement will also be addressed.
Mount Vernon High School will become a general studies and vocational-technical school. Areas of specialty will include business and marketing, technical and trade studies, and TV production. Students looking for an advanced level of academic rigor can take advantage of the new International Baccalaureate Program.
The bond includes $29,083,017 in investments to create new science labs and renovate the Career and Technology Education Center. The football and baseball fields will also be replaced with artificial turf, and the track will be restored. Technology wiring for high speed Internet and wireless communication and asbestos abatement will also be addressed.
“Every student has different strengths and interests and different dreams for their future,” said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton. “Our 20/20 Vision will give all of our students an opportunity to pursue those dreams with specialized, quality instruction. “We’re confident that with the variety of quality programs available to them, each of our high school students will find their right pathway to graduation and ultimately a successful future. “
About Mount Vernon City School District
With more than 8,000 students in 16 schools, the Mount Vernon City School District is committed to providing a quality education to its children as well as developing programs that meet the diverse academic and social needs of its students.