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

For Marion High School senior Nathan Carter, coming back to school Friday night was a no-brainer.

“I wanted to thank my parents and teachers that I’ve had,” he said. “They’ve really helped me learn what I want to do with my life and guided me on the right path.”

Carter, who hopes to study music media production at Ball State University this fall, was one of 56 students honored Friday night at Marion High School’s annual Academic Honors Banquet.

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

The unanimous decision by the Marion Community Schools Board to end their sponsorship of the licensed practical nurse program in conjunction with the school after more than 50 years is a hard one, but we think it is the right one.

In fact, we think it is a model for how to go about making hard decisions — something other community leadership has been reticent to do. Failure to face what lies in front of us only enhances our troubles.

The program through Tucker created some great nurses over the year, but training nurses is not at the core of the mission of Marion Community Schools or of the high school. Ideally, this would be at the heart of a post secondary institution in Grant County, none of which has come forward to date to take on the effort.

For the public school, the question must come down to what will be sacrificed to a keep a program that is solid and certified and meeting the ever rising demands of the market for nurses. A nursing school at Tucker has, over time, become an expensive project for the school that must wisely use all its resources.

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

Cory Deaton, MHS senior, was presented the Jim Butler Athletic Scholarship. Riley Orrell, MHS senior, was presented an academic scholarship. Anne Marie Conrad and Ian Reynolds, both eighth-graders at McCulloch Junior High School, were presented Junior High School Exchange Club Citizenship Awards.

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

A federal school improvement grant could bring millions of dollars to Marion over the next three years.

Marion Community Schools is preparing to meet a June 2 application deadline for an award that might help multiple Marion schools perform turnaround projects.

Superintendent Steve Edwards said the district has better than a 50-50 shot of receiving the grant, which would be used for partnerships with Edison Learning, Inc., similar to that at Justice Intermediate School.

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

After 50-plus years in operation and more than a year of discussion, diagnosis and debate, Marion Community Schools’ licensed practical nursing program will close this fall.

The Board of School Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation Wednesday to shutter the adult vocational offering at Tucker Career and Technology Center.

“The adult LPN program is not the primary function of the school district, and a new accreditation process for the program is lengthy and costly,” said Superintendent Steve Edwards in a letter to the board. “We should be directing our attention to the education of children in grades (kindergarten to 12).”