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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools takes all reports of threats seriously. Safety of our students is top priority.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, an allegation was made that a student had brought a gun to school with him the previous day. An investigation was begun immediately after the alleged threat was reported, and MCS administrators involved law enforcement when we determined that was appropriate. 


We are committed to a safe and healthy learning environment and would not bring students or staff into a situation we believed to be unsafe. 

MCS cooperated fully with Marion Police Department in their investigation. (Police told the Chronicle-Tribune for a story published Jan. 17 that the student denied having a gun at school, and that no gun matching the description given was found at the boy's home. Please see below for a link to the Chronicle-Tribune.)

>> UPDATE: On Jan. 22, 3014, Marion Police Department told MCS officials that they consider this case closed, with no charges filed.

As always, we ask anyone who knows anything that threatens the safety of our students or schools to contact school or district administrators. Our anonymous student/school safety hotline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call or text 765-997-8585 or email hotline@marion.k12.in.us.



From the Chronicle-Tribune Jan. 17, 2014

Marion Police are investigating reports from school officials that a 10-year-old boy had a gun on Allen Elementary grounds.

Capt. Steve Scott said a student reported a boy had a gun on the school bus on Tuesday, and then another student reportedly saw the same boy with the gun inside his backpack in the classroom. The students, however, didn’t report seeing the firearm — which they said was real — until Wednesday.

The principal on Wednesday interviewed the boy and his parents and then notified police, Scott said.

The boy denied having a gun at school, and his mother said older siblings have airsoft guns at home. A police officer searched the boy’s home and didn’t find any firearms except for the airsoft guns, which didn’t match the description the other students gave to police, Scott said.

>> Read more at chronicle-tribune.com

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

While Marion Community Schools is tied for the lowest overall grade in Grant County, officials say they are pleased the district is improving.

MCS, which saw significant improvements in their individuals building scores released last month, also jumped up a letter grade overall, according to the Indiana Department of Education, which released the overall district accountability grades for Indiana Schools Wednesday. They rose from a D in 2012 to a C.

“We’re excited about the move up,” said Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “We’re seeing that giant progress is being made. For me personally, that is a reflection of the great work that has gone before me. It’s a community victory. I feel great about it. I also, moving forward, am confident that we’re building on this great momentum. We’re understanding what’s working for us and enhancing that.”

>> Read more at chronicle-tribune.com 

 
— More on this topic from MCS News — 
Click here for an in-depth look at all of Marion Community Schools' DOE grades, and to hear directly from MCS administrators.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
At their first meeting of the year, members of the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees voted in new leaders.

Greg Kitts will serve as president of the board for 2014. He replaces outgoing President Katie Morgan, who earned praise from her fellow board members for her leadership through a tumultuous year, with the hiring a new superintendent and several other top district leaders.

Kitts said he looked forward to a year of cooperation and continued consensus building. Among this years business will be negotiations for a new teacher contract, he noted, saying he expected it would be a smooth process.

The rest of the board's 2014 officers were elected as follows:

First Vice President: Scott Murphy (who served as second vice president in 2013)
Second Vice President: Harry Hall (who served as secretary in 2013)
Secretary: Cathy Moritz

The 2014 board meeting schedule was also approved at the meeting on Jan. 15. Click here to view that schedule.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Athletics events at Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School have been canceled tonight, Thursday, Jan. 16, due to the snow and worsening road conditions.

Click here for more information on MHS events, and click here for more information on McCulloch events.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From WBAT.com

In preparation for the 2014 school year, Marion Community Schools have revamped the school board by electing a new president as well as new officers.

>> Read more at WBAT.com