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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. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees officially hired Brad Lindsay as the next superintendent of MCS with a unanimous vote at a special meeting at the Education Service Center on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Lindsay and his family were welcomed to the community by the board and several members of the MCS administrative team. Lindsay praised the successes - calling them "breakthroughs" - at MCS in recent years.

"I count it an honor and a privilege to join the Marion schools team," he said. 

He started work immediately after the hiring.

Superintendent Brad Lindsay speaks with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Katie Morgan and Aaron Vermilion after the board voted unanimously to hire Mr. Lindsay during a special meeting July 3, 2013 at the Education Service Center.

The board during their June 12 meeting revealed Lindsay as their preferred candidate to succeed retiring Superintendent Steve Edwards. Indiana law requires a specific timeline for public meetings and notifications, so his official hiring could not happen until July 3. 

Lindsay, 50, has been superintendent of Mooresville Consolidated School Corp., southwest of Indianapolis, since March 2010, after serving as assistant superintendent there for two years. That district has seen improvement during Lindsay’s tenure, receiving a “B” grade from the state Department of Education for the 2011-12 school year (and an “A” in 2010-11) after facing academic watch the previous two years.

Mooresville and Marion schools are similar in size, with Mooresville numbering 4,523 students in the 2012-13 school year according to the DOE, compared to 3,843 at Marion, though their racial and socioeconomic makeups are markedly different, reflecting similar differences in the communities they serve. Graduation rates at the two school systems were very close in the 2011-12 school year, with Mooresville graduating 91.4 percent, and Marion graduating 91.1 percent – both above the state rate.

Lindsay is a native of Westfield, but he also has ties to Marion, having earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, where his father, Larry Lindsay, is now chief of staff and interim provost. Brad Lindsay has also served as an adjunct faculty member at IWU, and served as a teacher and basketball coach at Lakeview Christian School during the 1995-96 school year.

He earned his educational specialist degree at Indiana State University.

He was named 2006 Principal of the Year in District 10 by the Indiana Association of School Principals while serving as principal of Triton Central High School. Early in his career, he earned Coach of the Year honors in Texas after leading his school’s baseball and basketball teams to state championships, and in 1999, he was named Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year in Hamilton County, Ind. He was also named Administrator of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association in 2011.

He expects to move to Marion soon with his wife, Vicki, a teacher, and their two daughters, Emily and Hannah.

“We’re so proud and excited about Mooresville, but we felt drawn to this specific time in Marion,” Lindsay told the Chronicle-Tribune at the meeting where he was introduced. “It’s a great opportunity to join the team and continue the great story of the last four years.”

Vicki Lindsay, wife of Superintendent Brad Lindsay, and their daughters Emily and Hannah speak with Marion Community Schools Human Resources Director Shelley Preston and Assistant Director Justine Pond after the School Board meeting at which Mr. Lindsay was officially hired on July 3, 2013, at the Education Service Center.