May has been a busy and amazing month. The flourish of activities at the end of the year focuses on celebrations. Celebrations are important to the work of education. What we do is challenging and learning is an iterative process that is bookended by both a fresh start and celebration of accomplishment. We have so much to celebrate in Mt. Vernon. The dedication of our staff to develop programs and events to bring a successful year to a close is appreciated. Of course, graduation of our seniors is the primary celebration of accomplishment. Thirteen years of learning and growing culminates in a walk across a stage that is a launching point into adulthood for our students.
Graduation is a big celebration of accomplishment! Other celebrations of our seniors’ success was seen at Senior Honor Night. We have an impressive class in the graduates of 2019! But, that is not all that we celebrated. A major accomplishment in the high school was the music department earning the All-Music Award for quality band and choir programs. Only 14 high schools earned that award in Indiana this year.
The culmination of work like the Living History Museum at Mt. Comfort and McCordsville Elementary Schools or all the Science/STEM Fairs were great celebrations of work, as well as the Kindy 500 at Fortville and McCordsville Elementary Schools. Mt. Vernon Middle School celebrated the completion of renovations that brought all three grades under one roof! Please enjoy some pictures from a few of our spring events.
In an effort to be more cost efficient with our energy consumption, all MVCSC buildings will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 3 - July 12. Employees are moving to four 10-hour work days. We anticipate this will save the district $10,000-$20,000. This effort will continue to leverage our resources and maximize our operating and energy efficiency in preparation for the loss of our Increment Funds in 2022.
I also wanted to share with you that Mr. Casey Dodd has accepted the position of the Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) Principal. We have posted the Mt. Comfort Elementary (MCE) Principal position and anticipate a large number of applicants to ensure another top notch leader for MCE. Mr. Dodd will be replacing Mr. Greg Roach, who has accepted another position in a different district. In his Mt. Vernon tenure, Mr. Roach left a legacy of leadership as he has led the Mt. Vernon High School ISTEP Pass Rates to increase over 21% since 2015, as well as achieved an “A” School six of the last seven years.