MOUNT VERNON – The superintendent and Mount Vernon City School District administrators have agreed to a salary freeze in the fall school year in an effort to hold the line on the budget.
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Hamilton has also asked all school district employees to accept a salary freeze.
“This request for salary freezes is not something that I take lightly. But, we are all in this together and our focus needed to be on the education of our children at this unprecedented time,” said Hamilton. “Our community is hurting. We cannot ask for a spending increase when many of our residents are not working and may not have jobs to return to.”
The pandemic has resulted in state aid to school districts being slashed. Hamilton said unprecedented reductions “will decimate the district’s education program and will dismantle the extraordinary achievements accomplished in the last six years.”