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

Marion Sports Authority President Jim Brunner said Thursday he has not been approached about Marion Community Schools’ need for a soccer field but would be happy to help.

“We have so many kids playing soccer in our community, and the facilities we have don’t even come close to equaling interest,” he said. “I don’t have a checkbook with a half-million dollars to offer to soccer fields … (but) the sports authority could be a conduit to put some help into it.”

The MCS Board of School Trustees discussed again Wednesday its need for an independent soccer field rather than continuing to share space at downtown Ballard Field, which is owned and operated by the city.

“It’s difficult to police Ballard,” said Marion High School Athletic Director Greg Peden, who cited people switching fields during games — none of Ballard’s fields are fenced — and lax security as issues there. “Our athletic program depends on what we take in at the gate.”

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes from the School Board meeting referenced in this C-T story, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools’ recently chosen assistant superintendent has resigned for personal reasons.

Tim Rayle was officially hired as assistant superintendent during an MCS Board of School Trustees meeting on July 24, 2013, with an expected start date of Aug. 12, 2013, but he has since informed MCS of his decision to resign.

Despite this turn of events, Marion Community Schools has great confidence in the leadership team it has put in place, with Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Amy Rauch (with a special focus on grades 5-12) and Director of Elementary Instruction Brenda McVicker (with a special focus on preschool through grade 4) starting work on Monday, July 29, 2013.

“While I am surprised by Tim Rayle’s decision not to join our team, we accept it and we’re moving forward with confidence and high expectations for the upcoming school year and beyond,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “With the team we have in place and with support from our community, greater things are yet to come.”

Keeping in mind needs and resources and seeking to best utilize the talent and commitment of the highly effective team members already in place, MCS will not be seeking to fill the position Rayle was to have occupied at this time.

“While the timing of this is unfortunate, we really feel like with some reshaping of the team we have put in place, we can continue to move Marion Community Schools in the right direction,” said Board President Katie Morgan.

Lindsay said the more he learns about the people and programs of Marion Community Schools, and about the community of Marion, the more he and his family are glad to be here.

“Three weeks in, my stake is fully in the ground with Marion Community Schools, and my family and I are increasingly proud to be Marion Giants,” he said.

Lindsay’s positive outlook for Marion remains unshaken.

“I have peace and confidence that with the significant additions of Amy Rauch and Brenda McVicker, we will produce at a high level for the students, staff, parents, and greater school community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “I have no doubt that we will rally as a united team in passionate pursuit of our cause: to provide best possible for our students and community.”

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

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay took major steps in rebuilding his depleted administrative team Wednesday.

The Board of School Trustees approved hiring Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Amy Rauch and Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker at its regular meeting.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Amy Rauch, click here. To read more about Director of Elementary Education Brenda McVicker, click here. To read minutes from the School Board meeting where their hires were approved, click here.  —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is auctioning off hundreds of surplus items, from classroom furniture, to children’s toys, to filing cabinets, to shop and food service machinery and more.

The auction, to be conducted by local auction company Ness Bros., is set for Aug. 3, 2013, at three different locations:

• Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania St., starting at 9:30 a.m.
• Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., starting at 10 a.m.
• Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St., starting at 1 p.m.

According to Ness Bros., several auction rings will be running simultaneously due to the large number of items being auctioned off. For a look at items set for sale at each site, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Alicia Cox of Fairmount is excited for her kids to be Marion Giants.

“I read about their graduation rate being above the state average (for 2012),” she said Tuesday. “That made me think it would be a good move.”

Cox was one of many parents who came to Marion Community Schools buildings over the last two days to register students for 2013-14. Schools across Grant County will follow this week and next.

Allen Principal Anthony Williams visited with parents as they filled out registration paperwork. He’s part of a new regime at the school including about 10 new classroom teachers and a $2 million, three-year grant-funded partnership with school improvement agency Edison Learning that will bring iPads, additional staff and more student performance data to Allen this fall.

Linda Murray of Marion said she was excited about the grant after reading about it on the district’s website. She visited Allen with her son Larry and his daughter, 9-year-old Allen student Autumn, who chose to return to the school after a brief detour to Madison-Grant United Schools’ Park Elementary School.