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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

After years under a dedicated but dwindling Jewish congregation, Sinai Temple welcomed a large and diverse group of new tenants Monday.

More than 30 adult students visited the 521 S. Boots St. facility, now the Grant County Rescue Mission Education Center, to begin general equivalency degree classes through Marion Community Schools Monday.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools will clear classroom space and raise funds through an inventory liquidation auction Saturday.

Members of the public will be able to attend three locations — 9:30 a.m. at Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania St.; 10 a.m. at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.; and 1 p.m. at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St. — to bid on items from tools to tables to textbooks.

A preview is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Friday.
“It’s really just an opportunity for us to get rid of surplus material, put money back in the general fund and prepare for the future,” said Director of Support Services Troy Freeman. “It makes more sense for us to use our space to educate children.”

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The world’s smallest jet, as well as a 1929 tri-motor Ford airplane will be among the highlights of the 23rd annual Fly/In Cruise/In plane, vehicle, tractor and transportation show Aug. 31.

All the proceeds from the event benefit the students in the band program at Marion High School, he said.

MHS band director Wayne Garrett said the event is a major fundraiser for them.

“It’s really important for our boosters because it allows them to make plans for where the band can go,” he said.

Garrett added that the band has not participated in competitive marching for several years, but they plan to start on the track circuit in the summer of 2014.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Two years after receiving a statue and a sign proclaiming “The New Allen Elementary School,” the 1115 E. Bradford St. facility is set for another fresh start under new leadership and a lucrative, promising partnership.

Last week, Marion Community Schools officials learned Allen received a three-year, $2 million federal school improvement grant that will bring turnaround company Edison Learning and other improvements this fall.

Using those tools falls to a new administrative team including Superintendent Brad Lindsay, Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker and Principal Anthony Williams.

— More from MCS on this story: To read more about the Allen Elementary School grant and what it will fund, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Sports Authority President Jim Brunner said Thursday he has not been approached about Marion Community Schools’ need for a soccer field but would be happy to help.

“We have so many kids playing soccer in our community, and the facilities we have don’t even come close to equaling interest,” he said. “I don’t have a checkbook with a half-million dollars to offer to soccer fields … (but) the sports authority could be a conduit to put some help into it.”

The MCS Board of School Trustees discussed again Wednesday its need for an independent soccer field rather than continuing to share space at downtown Ballard Field, which is owned and operated by the city.

“It’s difficult to police Ballard,” said Marion High School Athletic Director Greg Peden, who cited people switching fields during games — none of Ballard’s fields are fenced — and lax security as issues there. “Our athletic program depends on what we take in at the gate.”

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes from the School Board meeting referenced in this C-T story, click here. —