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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. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools’ recently chosen assistant superintendent has resigned for personal reasons.

Tim Rayle was officially hired as assistant superintendent during an MCS Board of School Trustees meeting on July 24, 2013, with an expected start date of Aug. 12, 2013, but he has since informed MCS of his decision to resign.

Despite this turn of events, Marion Community Schools has great confidence in the leadership team it has put in place, with Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Amy Rauch (with a special focus on grades 5-12) and Director of Elementary Instruction Brenda McVicker (with a special focus on preschool through grade 4) starting work on Monday, July 29, 2013.

“While I am surprised by Tim Rayle’s decision not to join our team, we accept it and we’re moving forward with confidence and high expectations for the upcoming school year and beyond,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “With the team we have in place and with support from our community, greater things are yet to come.”

Keeping in mind needs and resources and seeking to best utilize the talent and commitment of the highly effective team members already in place, MCS will not be seeking to fill the position Rayle was to have occupied at this time.

“While the timing of this is unfortunate, we really feel like with some reshaping of the team we have put in place, we can continue to move Marion Community Schools in the right direction,” said Board President Katie Morgan.

Lindsay said the more he learns about the people and programs of Marion Community Schools, and about the community of Marion, the more he and his family are glad to be here.

“Three weeks in, my stake is fully in the ground with Marion Community Schools, and my family and I are increasingly proud to be Marion Giants,” he said.

Lindsay’s positive outlook for Marion remains unshaken.

“I have peace and confidence that with the significant additions of Amy Rauch and Brenda McVicker, we will produce at a high level for the students, staff, parents, and greater school community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “I have no doubt that we will rally as a united team in passionate pursuit of our cause: to provide best possible for our students and community.”

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

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay took major steps in rebuilding his depleted administrative team Wednesday.

The Board of School Trustees approved hiring Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Amy Rauch and Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker at its regular meeting.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Amy Rauch, click here. To read more about Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker, click here. To read minutes from the School Board meeting where their hires were approved, click here.  —