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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).”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion School Board recently honored four "superheroes" disguised as teachers for their quick actions to help students in life-threatening situations at their schools:

Shannon Lyles, third grade teacher at Frances Slocum Elementary School, was eating lunch with her students when one of them began to choke on a chip. Mrs. Lyles quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver, and the lodged chip came out.  

Also at Frances Slocum, a Taylor University intern was playing bingo with a group of students while Connie Leonard, kindergarten teacher, worked with a small group. When a child tried to swallow a bingo chip, she began to choke. Mrs. Leonard quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver, called the office, and ran to the hall to ask for more immediate help. Help came in the form of first grade teacher Kyle Petricek, who performed the Heimlich again, dislodging the bingo chip.

Another pair of teachers, Christine House and Lauren Matchette, both fourth grade teachers, helped in a similar situation at Allen Elementary School. A student choked during snack time in Mrs. Matchette's class, and Mrs. House performed the Heimlich manuever, dislodging the piece of food.

Marion Community Schools thanks these "superheroes" for their quick actions, and for the work they do every day for our students.

 
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its May 22, 2013, meeting honored four "superheroes" who took action to help students in life-threatening situations at their schools: Christine House, Allen Elementary School, Lauren Matchette, Allen Elementary School, Connie Leonard, Frances Slocum Elementary School, and Kyle Petricek, Frances Slocum Elementary School. Also seen are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.