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

Marion Community Schools is set to cut its educational assistants below 30 hours per week this fall.

The Board of School Trustees approved Wednesday involuntary cuts from as many as 35 hours per week to 27.5 for 31 employees. One employee voluntarily changed from 32.5 hours to 15 hours per week.

Marion is the latest school district to approve work time reductions in response to a looming provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide an opportunity for health insurance to all staffers who work 30 or more hours weekly.

That provision was delayed last week from Jan. 1, 2014, to that date in 2015, but McWhirt said Marion’s change will go into effect Aug. 13 regardless.

“We feel like it’s a good thing for the corporation,” McWhirt said of the shift.

Marion will deal with the reductions, McWhirt said, by hiring more assistants to work fewer hours each. Other districts, including Eastbrook Community Schools and Madison-Grant United Schools, have opted to provide raises to the affected employees and cope with fewer total assistant hours.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes of this board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Marion Community Schools families have a great opportunity to trade in dress code compliant clothes they no longer want or need and in exchange pick up free clothes at the DCC Swap Shop!

Families of MCS students of all ages are welcome to participate in this year’s DCC Swap. Gently worn clothes and belts that comply with the MCS dress code will be accepted for donation. (To see the details of the 2013-14 dress code, click here.) MCS reserves the right to inspect items and refuse any that are stained or too worn.

Clothing can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, 2013, in Room 217 at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., or at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St. Vouchers will be given for each item of clothing donated. (A donated shirt, for example, would earn the giver a voucher to exchange for another shirt.)

Vouchers can then be used to shop at the Swap Shop, set for 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Room 217 at Marion High School. Entrance to the building will be through Gate 6 and the front entrance. (Both sessions take place during MCS 2013-14 school registration. For more information on that, click here.)

Clothes at the Swap Shop can only be “bought” with vouchers given in exchange for donated clothes. No cash transactions will be made.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Brad Lindsay must be a man who appreciates a big challenge. He surely has one. And we plan to help him succeed as his predecessor did.

Lindsay has been officially hired as the new superintendent of Marion Community Schools. We believe he is a solid choice and a man who comes to the difficult already with a heart for Marion and its children.

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

Habitat for Humanity of Grant County is close to finishing two homes in Marion this summer, but the organization has no intention of calling it a year there.

As construction wraps at 1219 S. Gallatin St. and 2106 S. Branson St., Habitat is preparing to begin its first Matthews home July 13 and host its first hot rod fundraiser July 27, Executive Director Mary Wheeler said.

The organization hopes to select families to reside in the Marion homes within two weeks and finish construction by the end of the month.

The two-story Gallatin Street home was Habitat’s first partnership with Tucker Career and Technology Center’s construction trades program and its first multi-level property, Whitton said.

Another two-story with Tucker is set for 2013-14 at 1 Bertha Court. A Marion High drafting student has already finished designs, he said.

Whitton said “the family going in there is a mother and two children,” but he declined to identify them.

“We’ve torn up the foundation there and are getting ready to start that in September,” Wheeler said. “It’s a great project for the kids to get it and work. … (Marion Community Schools) are great people to work with.

— More from MHS on this story: To learn more about the Construction Trades program at Tucker Career and Technology Center, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said the district has “Giant things yet to come” as the Board of School Trustees approved his hiring Wednesday.

Lindsay, 50, was approved by a 6-0 vote to succeed Steve Edwards, who retired Friday. Board member Harry Hall was absent.

“My family and I are very excited to get started,” he said. “I want to get to know the Marion school team and find opportunities to help.”

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Superintendent Brad Lindsay, click here. —