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MCS will keep building configuration for 2017-18 school year

Posted on Oct. 26 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”

YOU'RE INVITED: PTO to meet 11/1

Posted on Oct. 17 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Riverview Parent-Teacher Organization invites YOU to join them at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the school cafeteria. The next meeting is coming up on Nov. 1.

During meetings, special events are planned and ideas are discussed to help make things better for students and staff of Riverview Elementary. The PTO would love for all parents to get involved!

For more information, please email Caroline Herman, Riverview PTO president, at carolineherman2003@yahoo.com, or text her at 765-506-6806

Brain Game grant to give boost to MCS elementary libraries

Posted on Oct. 06 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
By Gabriela Padilla

Thanks to the Marion High School Brain Game team, Marion’s elementary libraries will be getting an upgrade.

The team earned their way into the top 8 during WTHR’s statewide high school trivia competition this past school year. Because of that, they had the opportunity to apply for a grant through Westfield Insurance, the sponsor of the competition.

The 2015-16 Brain Game team and their sponsors (from left) Kristi Phillippe (MHS teacher), Truman Bennet, Elijah Beal, Micah Hoeksema, Zach Spitzer, and Dave Tippey (MHS teacher).

Library resources are one of the suggested uses for the Sharing Knowledge grant awarded by Westfield Insurance, which sponsored the Brain Game tournament. The MHS students this year opted to share this opportunity with the elementary schools.

Kristi Phillippe, MHS science teacher and one of the Brain Game team’s sponsors, applauded this decision.

“Thanks to our kids for their accomplishment, which allows us to reward this money, and for thinking bigger than themselves by awarding the money to our elementary schools,” she said.

Each MCS elementary school will receive $400, for a total of $1,600, from the Brain Game grant. That money can be used for new books, e-books, e-readers, or other library resources.

The grant will also help fund continued participation in academic competitions, as 20 percent of the grant ($400) could be kept for that purpose.

Marion Community Schools is grateful to Westfield Insurance for this grant!