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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

As winter weather caused problems on the roads, Indianapolis TV station WISH surveyed schools (including MCS) to find out how decisions are made to delay or cancel school.

>> Click here to check out their report
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Prior to the extreme storm and tornadoes that whipped through Grant County and shut down two Marion Community schools for several days, data backup and preservation was listed among the items in the capital funds project. After the Nov. 17 storms, that item became a priority.

Troy Freeman, director of support service for Marion Community Schools, said the corporation’s current system is about 20 years old and does not provide adequate support for the district’s data. The data is only backed up once per week and is slow to backup and restore.

“It only backs up the data, so if the tornado had been 300 yards further east and hit the maintenance building, we would have had to start from scratch with our programmers and servers,” he said.

Freeman recommended the board purchase a new de-duplication data domain backup and archive system from EMC Corporation.

The total list price of the new data system is about $230,000. Marion can expect a discount of about $122,000, leaving a total price of almost $108,000. The budgeted amount for the data system purchase is $115,000. The board approved Freeman’s recommendation to buy the EMC system.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
As debate over the Common Core standards Indiana was set to adopt continues in the legislature, the Chronicle-Tribune talks with local legislators and school officials about the issue.

“Personally, I’m for the high expectations and the accountability,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay told the C-T. “I know our people have been planning for the implementation of the Common Core. What I truly believe is that that has nothing to do with the Common Core. It has everything to do with our teachers, our students and our community. I think that’s what critically important.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A bus carrying Marion High School students to Tucker Career and Technology Center for afternoon classes was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, 2013, and several students were taken to Marion General Hospital.

The shuttle bus was en route to Tucker from MHS when a pickup truck ran a red light at Fourth and Adams streets in downtown Marion and struck the bus.

>> Police say pickup truck driver's medical condition likely caused the crash. Read the Chronicle-Tribune's report here.

Three students were taken from the scene of the crash via ambulance to MGH, complaining of head, neck, or chest pain. It is not believed at this time that any injuries were serious.

The rest of the students, 18 in all, were loaded onto a second bus and were taken to MGH, where officials had made arrangements for students complaining of pain or other concerns to be checked out by medical personnel as a precaution. The bus driver was also checked out as a precaution.

Tucker administrators contacted parents of the students involved. Students were being released only to parents or guardians listed in their school records. Any other arrangements were to be coordinated with school officials, who are working closely with MGH officials.

MCS was arranging transportation for those students who needed it.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Trribune

Several dozen junior high students and their families braved windy weather in the 20s to carol at the courthouse Saturday afternoon.
From the steps of the Grant County Courthouse, two choirs from Marion Community Schools’ McCulloch Junior High School gave their first public performance outside of school, becoming the latest addition to the day’s holiday event lineup.

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