The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is governed by the Board of School Trustees. The MVCSC Policies are linked HERE. School Board meetings are generally the third Monday of each month and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend (to provide comments, see "public participation" and "addressing the board" below). Work sessions, also open to the public for observations, will be listed below at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting. Executive Meetings are also posted at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting and are closed to the public. All meetings are held at:
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation Administrative Building
1806 W. State Road 234
Fortville, IN 46040
For those who which to participate by providing public comment on agenda items, please read the following policy below.
Mrs. Kellie Freeman is serving her second term on the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) School Board of Trustees. She lives in the southern portion of the MVCSC district in Greenfield. Freeman serves as a Transition Coordinator and a Special Education Teacher for Carmel Clay Schools. She is raising her two children with her husband, Joe, who retired as an MVHS World Language Teacher in 2020. Her son Dylan recently graduated from IUPUI, and Tessa attends DePauw University.
Freeman has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State University. She has volunteered on the Parent Teacher's Organizations at the Mt. Vernon Middle School and 8th Grade Academy. She also previously served as the President of the MVCSC Corporation Improvement Council.
During her tenure on the School Board of Trustees, Freeman's goals include expanding vocational opportunities for students and to be a voice for MVCSC teachers. She is passionate about supporting students and teachers, and stated, "I believe that our School Board needs to consider how our decisions affect students, teachers and the community. We need to ask questions and ensure that we are not moving too fast or slow in any one direction while understanding that what is best for the students should always come first."
Mr. Chad Gray is serving his first term for his first year on the Mt. Vernon Community School
Corporation (MVCSC) School Board of Trustees. Gray works as an educator, employed at the Indiana Department of Corrections since 2018 and has lived in Cumberland since 2005. He has four children, two of whom are MVHS graduates, and two are currently enrolled in MVCSC.
Gray attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated with a B.S. in math and math education. He also received his M.Ed. In Education Administration from the University of Cincinnati. In the past, he served on the search committee for an Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) principal. He also volunteered in the MVHS athletic department for the swimming program as a timer/announcer and is currently volunteering to live stream the swimming meets.
As for Mr. Gray's goals during his tenure on the MVCSC School Board, he wishes to help Mt. Vernon continue to progress in a fiscally responsible way as the community grows. He would also like to see MVCSC continue to have highly effective curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities.
Mr. Tony May is serving his third term on the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) School Board of Trustees. He is an Aerospace Engineering Manager at Rolls-Royce Corporation. May has lived in McCordsville since 2004 with his wife, Florence, and has raised their two children in the MVCSC district: James, who graduated in 2014, and Elizabeth, who graduated in 2016.
May has a Masters of Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, and also a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. He also received a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue. He is a Founding and Emeritus Member of the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation and also served on the MVCSC Corporation Improvement Council for four years.
During his tenure on the School Board of Trustees, May would like to continue with financial solvency and evolve the next phases of the strategic plan to benefit Mt. Vernon. He stated, "I want to continue to implement the 1:1 technology at MVCSC in a way that enables educational opportunities for both students and staff."
Mrs. Shannon Walls is serving her second term on the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation
(MVCSC) School Board of Trustees. She has lived in McCordsville since 2004 and is a Sales Account Manager for Commercial Food Services, as well as a Co-Owner of Aqua Leak Solutions. She has an Associate Degree from the International Business College. She is raising two boys with her husband, Matt Walls: Zakary, who graduated from Ball State University in 2016, and Blake, who graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 2020.
Walls has been a long-time volunteer and advocate for MVCSC. She is a Founding and Emeritus Board Member of the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation and served as the Event Director for all fundraising events. She has also served on the Parent Teacher Organizations for McCordsville Elementary School, Mt. Vernon Middle School, and Mt. Vernon High School. Walls supports numerous organizations, including: Indiana School Nutrition Association, Women's Fund of Hancock County, Outlook Christian Church, Rebuilding the Wall Missions, and the Christian Missionary Fellowship.
In her School Board of Trustees position, Walls strives to focus on continuing to expand the high-quality student programming so all graduates are prepared to compete in an ever changing global society. She states, "My goal is to make sure we are providing opportunities for all students and enhance our vocational opportunities. A strong financial position will allow us to move forward quickly with the implementation of this type of programming."
Mr. Phil Edwards is serving his first term of his first year on the Mt. Vernon school board. Reverend
Edwards is the Lead Pastor at Fortville Church of the Nazarene and has worked there for 17 years now. In 1980, he graduated with a B.A. degree in Religion from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. Now, he has lived in Fortville with his family since 2003. He has three grown children and four grandchildren. His youngest child, Miriam, graduated from MVHS in 2005.
Several years ago, Mr. Edwards served on a tax committee for Mt. Vernon. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL; Vice-Chairman of the District Advisory Board of the Indianapolis District Church of the Nazarene; Vice-President of the Fortville Christians Unite (Ministerial Association); President of the Fortville-McCordsville Chamber of Commerce; and he is one of two Chaplains for the Fortville Police Department.
During his tenure on the MVCSC School Board of Trustees, Phil Edwards states that he plans to lend a listening ear and be a source of encouragement to all of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation families. "I look forward to helping give support, guidance, and leadership to the direction our school system is going in meeting the needs of our students, teachers, and administration."