Mount Vernon put contracts under Education Department review

The state Department of Education is looking into a contract grant for a Mount Vernon school after activists raised concerns about giving millions of dollars to a single county to provide a wide range of services.

“NYSED reached out to the field and requested information related to the termination of contracts associated with this (federal school improvement grant vendor),” the Department of Education said in a statement to Journal News/lohud.

The department said it had “initial discussions with the district” about the matter.

This action prompted the Mount Vernon, Long Island-based school board to choose an accounting firm to conduct an “independent comprehensive audit” of the district’s grant program. The school board and Superintendent Waveline Bennett-Conroy issued a promise on Oct. 27 to do so, saying questions about the grants deserve answers and not just confirmations.

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