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

The group that met in a Marion High School study room earlier this week wasn’t there to review for exams or work on a class project. The four local business people were studying pitches from budding entrepreneurs.

Marion High School students who participated in the 2013 Young Entrepreneurs Program, or YEP, presented business plans to the four judges this week. Another set of participants from Mississinewa High School presented to another group of judges the same night. The proposals of two teams from each school were selected to advance to the final round of competition, which will take place Wednesday.

The Grant County Economic Growth Council started the program, now in its third year, to encourage entrepreneurship among younger people and provide them with business basics.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Anne Liddick will be taking the lead at Frances Slocum Elementary as principal. Melissa Jessup, Frances Slocum’s current principal, will be serving the Marion Community Schools district in a new administrative role.

In her nearly one and half years as assistant principal at Kendall Elementary School, Liddick has proven herself an effective and energetic leader. She is looking forward to new opportunities at Frances Slocum.

Liddick has been an educator in Grant County for nearly 20 years. Prior to coming to MCS, she worked as a teacher and then Title 1 interventionist and in a leadership role at Westview Elementary at Mississinewa Community Schools, where she worked directly with Brenda McVicker, then a Mississinewa administrator (and now MCS director of elementary education). McVicker expressed confidence that Liddick will excel in her new role.

Liddick earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Taylor University, and earned her master’s in leadership and administration from Anderson University.

She is looking to build on momentum at Frances Slocum, where Jessup’s leadership in the 2012-13 school year helped students and staff make great strides, as evidenced by impressive gains in their ISTEP+ scores year-over-year. Last school year’s fourth-graders at the school improved their ISTEP+ passage rate in math by 28.4 percentage points as compared to their third-grade performance. The same group saw a 19.3 percentage point jump in English/language arts year-over-year.

At Kendall, Kristi Phillippe will be filling the assistant principal position left open by Liddick’s promotion. Phillippe had been serving as assistant principal at Allen Elementary School.

Marion Community Schools appreciates Jessup’s work and will value her continued contributions in her new role as elementary administrator on assignment at Allen Elementary, where she will help support Principal Anthony Williams and Assistant Principal Stephanie McNeal. She will also have some district-wide responsibilities in support to McVicker in the area of high ability programming.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools moved forward with plans to replace and update Allen Elementary School’s HVAC system.

The project, which was discussed at the board of trustees meeting Wednesday evening, will consist of replacing the boilers, the chiller, classroom ventilators, the HVAC control system and the infrastructure. The board approved the action to continue accepting bids and will revisit the project in early 2014.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees invites letters of interest from individuals to serve on the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees. The appointment is from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2017.

Eligibility requirements:
  • Reside in the city of Marion.
  • Reside in city of Marion for at least two years immediately preceding the appointment to the Library Board.
  • Attend meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Library. (Members serve without pay).
Any interested person who meets the above requirements should by Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
1240 S. Adams Street
Marion, IN   46953-2327

More information regarding Library Board responsibilities is available upon request by contacting:
  • Mrs. Patty Barney (
Education Service Center
1240 S. Adams Street
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125
  • Mrs. Mary Eckerle (
Library Director
600 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN  46953-1992
(765) 668-2900
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

On Friday morning, the soccer field at Frances Slocum Elementary was filled with running, laughing students practicing football drills with members of the Taylor University team.

The event was orchestrated by Frances Slocum Assistant Principal Nate Miley, a former member of the Taylor football team, as a way to reward students who have demonstrated good behavior.