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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.  —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is auctioning off hundreds of surplus items, from classroom furniture, to children’s toys, to filing cabinets, to shop and food service machinery and more.

The auction, to be conducted by local auction company Ness Bros., is set for Aug. 3, 2013, at three different locations:

• Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania St., starting at 9:30 a.m.
• Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., starting at 10 a.m.
• Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St., starting at 1 p.m.

According to Ness Bros., several auction rings will be running simultaneously due to the large number of items being auctioned off. For a look at items set for sale at each site, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Alicia Cox of Fairmount is excited for her kids to be Marion Giants.

“I read about their graduation rate being above the state average (for 2012),” she said Tuesday. “That made me think it would be a good move.”

Cox was one of many parents who came to Marion Community Schools buildings over the last two days to register students for 2013-14. Schools across Grant County will follow this week and next.

Allen Principal Anthony Williams visited with parents as they filled out registration paperwork. He’s part of a new regime at the school including about 10 new classroom teachers and a $2 million, three-year grant-funded partnership with school improvement agency Edison Learning that will bring iPads, additional staff and more student performance data to Allen this fall.

Linda Murray of Marion said she was excited about the grant after reading about it on the district’s website. She visited Allen with her son Larry and his daughter, 9-year-old Allen student Autumn, who chose to return to the school after a brief detour to Madison-Grant United Schools’ Park Elementary School.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce its new assistant superintendent for secondary instruction: Amy Rauch.

With the move, Rauch will be returning to a heavy focus on curriculum, and returning to Marion Community Schools, where she previously served as secondary instructional coordinator in 2010-2011. Since then, she has served as director of curriculum at Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. in Mishawaka (approximate enrollment 10,400), and most recently as superintendent at Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corp. in Knightstown (approximate enrollment 1,300).

Prior to her previous time at MCS, she served as assistant principal and then principal at Elwood Community Schools in neighboring Madison County, where she also headed up ECS’s Migrant Summer School.

She brings expertise in curriculum development, district administration, professional development and much more. She was an integral part of the team that helped engineer Marion High School’s turnaround from an “F” school in danger of state takeover to an improving school with a “C” rating. She is excited to return to Marion as it continues to improve and innovate.

“Out of all my experiences, I really enjoyed being at Marion,” she said. “I’m excited to get back into Marion Community Schools and help continue to build on its recent success.”

That opportunity was part of what led her to consider the position at MCS, she said.

“It will hopefully be a smooth transition for me to come back in and continue to build on the successes,” she said.

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said MCS is fortunate to have such a strong leader returning to the team.

“Ms. Rauch will bring energy and expertise to Marion. Amy’s professional niche is to provide right leadership, direction, and support to our principals, teachers, staff and students. She is a high-level, enthusiastic leader of learning.”

Rauch is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Purdue University. She earned her master’s in education and professional educator’s license there as well. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Michigan State University, and her teacher certification at Indiana University-South Bend.

She was named Assistant Principal of the Year for Indiana’s District 5 in 2006, for her work at Elwood Community Middle School, and she went on to serve on the selection committee for that award from the Indiana Association of School Principals in 2007 and 2008.