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

Brad Lindsay is expected to become the next Marion Community Schools superintendent.

Board of Trustees President Katie Morgan announced Wednesday that Lindsay is the board’s preferred successor to Steve Edwards, who will leave the top position June 28.

Lindsay, 50, has served as superintendent at Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation since March 2010. He has an education specialist degree from Indiana State University and has both studied and taught at Indiana Wesleyan University.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Brad Lindsay, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools Curriculum Director Scot Croner is Blackford County Schools’ next superintendent.

Marion’s Board of Trustees approved Croner’s resignation effective June 30 at its Wednesday meeting, clearing the way for Croner to take the position he was appointed to June 4.

Superintendent Steve Edwards said the district will post secondary and elementary curriculum director positions to replace Croner.

Marion High School Assistant Principal Jeff Brandes is also set to leave after the board approved his resignation effective June 21. Edwards said Brandes received an offer to serve in the same role at Anderson High School, which is closer to his home.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes from this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees has selected its preferred successor to retiring Superintendent Steve Edwards, though the hiring cannot officially be voted on for several weeks, due to requirements of a new Indiana law.

At the board’s meeting on June 12, 2013, President Katie Morgan introduced Brad Lindsay as the expected next superintendent of MCS. Edwards will be retiring June 28. Due to public notice and meeting requirements of a new state law, Lindsay’s hiring will be up for a vote in early July, at the earliest.

“We feel we have a really great leader on our hands. He made a really great statement that it’s a challenge and a blessing to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Edwards,” Morgan said, adding that she was confident Lindsay would be able to continue the improvements begun in Edwards’ years.
  • In accordance with state law, MCS will hold a public meeting on the proposed superintendent's contract in advance of the board's vote. To read the notice of the public meeting, set for 6 p.m. June 26, 2013, in the Board Room of the Education Service Center, click here.
  • A week after that public meeting, a special School Board meeting has been called to vote on Lindsay's hiring. That meeting is set for 9 a.m. July 3, 2013, in the Board Room of the Education Service Center.
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 4,511 students in the 2011-12 school year according to the DOE, compared to 4,017 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 expects to move to Marion with his wife, Vicki, a teacher, and their two daughters.

“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.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

(per House Enrolled Act 1205)

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will hold a public meeting to discuss and hear objections to and support for the proposed superintendent’s contract at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in the Board Room of the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St., Marion, IN 46953.

The details of the proposed contract to be discussed are as follows:

3-year contract (renewal at anniversary at board’s discretion)

Proposed Salary:
$129,000 per year

Proposed Auto Allowance:
$8,199.96 per year

Proposed Annuity:
$5,000 per year

Proposed Contribution to TRF in addition to 3%:
$13,455 per year

Current Whole Life Policy:
$1,500 per year

Level C Health Benefits:
Up to $15,327 per year

Total Amount of Contract: $172,481.96 per year

Proposed Housing Allowance:
$10,000 within 2 years, by July 2015
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its June 12, 2013, meeting.

Those honored were:

Several Marion Community Schools elementary students who earned perfect scores on their IREAD3 tests: Kaley Ervin, Allen Elementary; Alyssa Townsend, Frances Slocum Elementary; Madelynn Berryman (not pictured), and Bayleigh Reeder, Kendall Elementary; and Olivia Bishop, Hayden Conliff, Rachel Hampton, Corbin Johnson, Faith Keaffaber, Jacob Logan, Alexander Spitzer, and Marley White, Riverview Elementary. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.