Today is the day we have been planning for the last 6 months. Countless hours have been spent researching best practices, visiting facilities, educating community members and putting together a vision that works for Mt. Vernon. The moral obligation to fix the ills of our community is much bigger than passing a bond. The foundation upon which this bond is built rests on the commitment to get it right for our students and staff.
The bond won't fix everything. However, it is a huge step in the right direction. In addition to the bond we need a renewed commitment to raise standards and expectations and collectively embrace a We Can Do It mentality.
How exciting it is to be a part of this journey! We are making great strides in rebuilding a place where hope was lost. It now abounds like a river of promise. We have pledged to rebrand our district and outsiders are now looking in to see the rebirth of a once forgotten district. Whether you made a phone call, posted a sign on your lawn, or just sent me an encouraging email, I say, "Thank You" for believing in the vision.
As the leader of this great district, I humbly admit I don't have all the answers but I do have the fortitude and foresight to see that we are moving with jetlike speed to change the very conditions that have fueled mountains of despair.
It is a new day and hope abounds! I anxiously await today's results.
I'll keep you posted.
Yours for the Sake of All Children,
Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton