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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A bus carrying Marion High School students to Tucker Career and Technology Center for afternoon classes was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, 2013, and several students were taken to Marion General Hospital.

The shuttle bus was en route to Tucker from MHS when a pickup truck ran a red light at Fourth and Adams streets in downtown Marion and struck the bus.

>> Police say pickup truck driver's medical condition likely caused the crash. Read the Chronicle-Tribune's report here.

Three students were taken from the scene of the crash via ambulance to MGH, complaining of head, neck, or chest pain. It is not believed at this time that any injuries were serious.

The rest of the students, 18 in all, were loaded onto a second bus and were taken to MGH, where officials had made arrangements for students complaining of pain or other concerns to be checked out by medical personnel as a precaution. The bus driver was also checked out as a precaution.

Tucker administrators contacted parents of the students involved. Students were being released only to parents or guardians listed in their school records. Any other arrangements were to be coordinated with school officials, who are working closely with MGH officials.

MCS was arranging transportation for those students who needed it.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Trribune

Several dozen junior high students and their families braved windy weather in the 20s to carol at the courthouse Saturday afternoon.
From the steps of the Grant County Courthouse, two choirs from Marion Community Schools’ McCulloch Junior High School gave their first public performance outside of school, becoming the latest addition to the day’s holiday event lineup.

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

This week capped off an important 10-week period for 26 young people from Grant County, as they found out whom among them would snag scholarships and other prizes at the seventh annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet.

The Young Entrepreneurship Program was created in 2011 by the Grant County Economic Growth Council to inspire entrepreneurship. The 26 students involved attended either Marion High School or Mississinewa High School and had formed nine groups, each of which developed a business idea.

Marion students earned second and third place: The Alley, a business to help students with their social and academic lives, came in second. Third place went to Marion Athletic Arena, an idea for an indoor sports facility.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Turf field under consideration; corporate partnerships sought

Marion Community Schools is beginning to explore a major upgrade to the stadium at Marion High School, with the goal of providing the best possible opportunities and experiences for students and the community.

MCS has in recent years targeted spending to improve educational facilities, including:
  • renovation of the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center.
  • renovation of the MHS Media Center
  • renovation of the MHS Planetarium
  • addition of a family/consumer sciences classroom at MHS
  • interior lighting upgrades across the district
  • continuous technology upgrades across the district, including wireless networking now up and running in all buildings
  • security upgrades to improve student safety
We have also made moves recently at the high school to maximize use of our existing athletic facilities efficiently and wisely, including:
  • new lights and mezzanine (upper gym) curtains in Bill Green Arena
  • maintenance and repainting at Dick Lootens Stadium
  • addition of a press box to the Art Caldwell Baseball Field
With careful planning, these projects have been undertaken within the regular budgeting process. 

We believe that we now have the opportunity to bring Marion Giants sports into a new era. We believe an enhanced, multi-use stadium can become a rallying point and a point of pride for the community. We believe we can enhance opportunities and experiences for our athletes, fans and community, and that we can offer greater opportunities for school and community programs and events.

With all this in mind, MCS School Board President Katie Morgan and member Aaron Vermilion will co-captain an advisory team to explore the possibility of converting the field at Dick Lootens Stadium at MHS to turf. This would permit use of the stadium by multiple sports (football and soccer) and other events without concern over the damage to the field surface.

We will seek out community input as our exploration progresses. Community input and support will be invaluable as we consider how best to serve our students and the community. We will also be considering corporate sponsorships and other partnership opportunities as potential funding avenues.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce its new executive director of business affairs and chief financial officer: Chris Hoke.

The move is a welcome return home for Hoke, who graduated from Marion High School in 1987.

“It’s about being of service to a community, and the opportunity to do that in my hometown, in a community that is such a big part of who I am, is a blessing,” Hoke said.

In addition to his experience in educational administration, operations and finance, Hoke – a Marion High School alumnus – has experience in the corporate world and in the public service sector as an elected official.

He is currently the director of operations and finance for Northwestern Shelby Schools in Fairland.

Prior to that, he served in the district administration at Huntington County Community Schools as energy education specialist, leading the district’s energy conservation program, which reduced costs by 20 percent.

He has previously served as a teacher and coach at Huntington County and Blackford County schools, and also served as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Ball State University.

Prior to his transition into the educational field, he worked with Exxon-Mobil Corp as an engineer and sourcing representative.

He has also served on the Huntington County Council as an elected representative.

Hoke said when he walked out of Marion High School in 1987, he never dreamed he’d end up with a career in education.

“I was really lucky that really early on in my professional career, I realized I wanted my work to be about investing in the lives of other people. I found an avenue for that through teaching and coaching,” he said. “It’s not something I had planned for, but I’m so grateful it has turned out that way. It’s truly who I am, and what I’m meant to be doing.”

Hoke’s diverse experience across several fields was one thing that made him stand out as a candidate for this position at MCS, Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

“Chris Hoke’s character and capacity, as well as his experience across the corporate, government and education fields, makes him the right fit for us,” Lindsay said. “It’s his desire to come back and make a positive impact on his hometown, and we’re excited to have him back as a Marion Giant once again.”

Hoke earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, his master’s degree in secondary education from Ball State University, and education specialist degree from Indiana State University.

He will replace Business Manager Jim McWhirt, who is retiring at the end of the year. Hoke’s anticipated start date is Jan. 13, 2014.