Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School opened its doors for the first time on December 1, 1965. Construction of Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School was not completed in time for the opening of schools in September, so the 454 children who would become the first Mount Vernon Woods students were housed at Hybla Valley Elementary School (grades 1-3), and Hollin Meadows Elementary School (grades 4-6). Mrs. Gloria McConnaughey, our first principal, supervised 14 teachers, a librarian, cafeteria manager, two secretaries, and a custodian. Our building was formally dedicated on May 9, 1966. The first Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting was held on September 27, 1965, at Woodlawn Elementary School, with 101 parents and teachers present. The PTA's first meeting at our school took place on December 15, 1965.
Billy Goat Gruff
When our school first opened, it was not unusual to see horses and goats on the playground because the school was bordered on two sides by the Baker family's farm. The children loved to see the animals, but the Billy goat didn't love to see the children. Every time he was on the playground a call was made to Mr. Baker requesting that he remove the goat from school property because it would butt the children when they went out to play.
In 1965, breakfast was not available in schools, and lunch, including milk, only cost 35 cents! All the lunch food, including homemade pies, breads, cookies and cakes, was prepared in the school kitchen.
Renovations & Additions
When Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School opened the building had 20 classrooms, a library, and a cafeteria. Our school didn't have a gymnasium or music room until 1985, so music and physical education classes were originally held in the classrooms. Our first renovation began in 1988, adding air conditioning, ten classrooms, and a computerized library. The new wing was ready for use when school opened for our 25th year in September 1990. The manual typewriters in the office were replaced with electric typewriters and computers. Our most recent renovation began in June 2018 and is expected to be complete by December 2019.
What's in a Name?
During the naming process of our school, one of the names put forward by the community was Muddy Hole Farm Elementary School. Check out this video to learn why people liked the name Muddy Hole Farm.
|1965 – 1976:||Gloria H. McConnaughey|
|1976 – 1979:||Evelyn F. Valotto|
|1979 – 1985:||Joan M. Freck|
|1985 – 1987:||Helen Ramirez|
|1987 – 2006:||Reginald M. Romaine|
|2006 – 2013:||Marie Lemmon|
|2013 – 2016:||Pamela Simpkins|
|2016 – Present:||Clint Mitchell|