12.2021 The MVCSC School Board of Trustees approved a resolution in their monthly meeting to place a $ .17 operating referendum on the ballot on May 3, 2022. This is a necessary step in securing adequate funding for MVCSC. Our Increment dollars that support approximately one third of our Operations Fund will end in December 2022. We have taken great strides in making up for this financial loss as well as the significant loss we incur annually due to property tax caps. We have made cuts in expenditures and initiated many savings that help us to the tune of over $2,000,000 each year. While the $0.17 ask is $14.02 per month to the average household in our district ($200,000 home), it will also tax businesses that are located in TIF districts. The referendum funds will also help provide additional pay to our teachers and classified staff, as we have not fully recovered from when pay was frozen for five years in the mid-2000's. These referendum funds would additionally provide at least one School Resource Officer in all schools and two at the high school.
4.2021 A detailed report on the Operations Fund was given by CFO Greg Elkins at the April MVCSC Board of Trustees meeting. A report on the history of transfer students was shared by Superintendent Dr. Parker. Both reports are linked to the right.
1.2021 The MVCSC Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to build a new elementary school at the January meeting. The motion also included the plan to borrow another elementary architectural plan that will end up saving the district approximately $500,000. Next, leadership will provide the MVCSC Board of Trustees with options on locations, building plans, finances, maximizing the use of current buildings, and much more.
12.2020 Mt. Vernon enrollment requires three elementary schools. The dual track was the option of whether to renovate the current administration building into an elementary building or build a new elementary school.
Both tracks were thoroughly analyzed. MVCSC has a specific focus through the Future Growth Plan to balance the needs of the growing district with the financial stewardship of resources.
Mt. Vernon invited the community to attend Zoom presentations in December of 2020 regarding the Dual Track of the Future Growth Plan. Community input was greatly appreciated and is a vital component prior to the MVCSC Board of Trustees making the decision on which track to pursue.
1.2020 The Mt. Vernon Community Champions and the Mt. Vernon Community Champions Advisory Committee recommended the reinstatement of an intermediate school to house grades five and six. This will provide room for growth in the three elementary schools and the middle school by removing an entire grade level cohort from each school. This plan also includes reusing Fortville Elementary School for the purpose it was built, that of an intermediate school. A dual track, that is, renovating the existing administration building into an elementary school or building a new elementary building, were thoroughly researched and analyzed.
8.2019 In the 2019-2020 school year, the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation asked ALL MV parents, any in-district residents, businesses and community members to be a part of the “MV Community Champions'' fall initiative to develop Mt. Vernon's 10-year Future Growth Plan. Over 300 community stakeholders shared their opinions about Mt. Vernon's growth at an August presentation.
12.2018 The Mt. Vernon demographer’s report predicted enrollment to grow 50% by 2029; essentially, to grow from 4,000 students in 2019 to 6,000 students in 2029. While MVCSC is happy to be growing and providing new opportunities for students and staff, a Future Growth Plan was needed to make sure the MV buildings grow along with the student population. Mt. Vernon’s three elementary schools house grades kindergarten through grade five.
The growth Mt. Vernon is expecting provides an opportunity to plan and ensure what is needed for students to learn and grow during their school years. The proverb “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today” holds true for the Mt. Vernon community today. Let’s be sure that in 20 years the Mt. Vernon community continues to thrive because of some of the decisions that will be made.
Thank you for contributing to the future of Mt. Vernon! #WeRMV