About the Board of School Trustees

The Board of School Trustees of Marion Community Schools is comprised of elected officials that serve four-year terms. There are a total of seven elected members, and elections are held at two-year intervals. 

Board meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Board members welcome community input. View the meeting schedule here.

Any written communications for board members may be sent to their attention at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St., Marion, IN 46953. You can also email board members; you can find their addresses here.

Phone messages may be directed to 765-662-2546, ext. 125.

Agendas for each meeting are posted here on the Friday prior to the meeting date. Minutes from each meeting are also posted here after the board has approved them. This means there is a minimum two-week delay from the date of the meeting to the time the minutes are available for public review. 

The bylaws of the corporation and board policies can be viewed here.

FAQs: School Board

Which board member represents me?
MCS Board of School Trustees members each represent one of four districts within the geographical area served by Marion Community Schools. District I, II and III are representative of specific geographical areas within the school boundaries. District IV is the "At-Large" district, which encompasses the entire school district. To see which board member represents which district, click here to view the current board members' bio pages. Here's a closer look at the areas each district represents:
  • District I: three board members are elected to represent this area, which includes all areas within the boundaries of the civil city of Marion:
    • Center Township precincts 1-9, 12-14, 16-19
    • Franklin Township precincts 1-3, 6-8
    • Pleasant Township precincts 3, 5, 7
    • Washington Township precinct 2
  • District II: one board member is elected to represent this area, which includes Franklin and Pleasant townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district:
    • Parts of Pleasant Township precincts 1 and 6; all of Pleasant 4
    • Part of Franklin Township precinct 4; all of Franklin 5
  • District III: one board member is elected to represent this area, which includes Center and Washington townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district:
    • Center Township precincts 10,11, 15, 20, 24
    • Parts of Washington Township precincts 3 and 4
  •  District IV: two board members are elected to represent this area, which is an "At-Large" district including all the area within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district:
    • Center Township precincts 1-19
    • Franklin Township precincts 1-3, 5-8, part of Franklin 4
    • Pleasant Township precincts 3-5, 7, parts of Pleasant 1 and 6
    • Washington Township precinct 2, parts of Washington 3 and 4
I don't know what township / precinct I live in. How can I find out?
Click here to use the U.S. Census Bureau's American FactFinder, where you can put in your address to get information including your township. Precinct maps are available from the Grant County election and voters office. Click here to access their site. (Then you can determine which school board member represents you directly, using the information above).

How can have input on the topics and decisions considered by the board?
Though public participation is permitted at regular board meetings, they are not public hearings. (Click here to view guidelines governing public participation at regular board meetings.) School board members are elected representatives, making decisions on behalf of their constituents (the residents of the Marion Community Schools district). In essence, regular school board meetings are open for public viewing, and comments are accepted, but these regular meetings are in general not the time for debate by members of the public.

As with any such form of representative governance, anyone who wants greater input into a decision should present his or her concerns to his or her board member ahead of time.

Meeting agendas are posted prior to the meetings. Click here to view those. You can also review minutes from past meetings here (though they are not posted immediately).

How can I contact my board representative?
Contact information is listed for all board members in their bios on our site. Click here to view the bio pages.

When are school board elections?
Elections are staggered. There are a total of seven elected members who serve four-year terms, and elections are held at two-year intervals. Elections are held in even years (i.e. 2014, 2016, etc.), but not all seven seats are up for election in every election cycle. To find out when current board members' terms expire, click here to view his or her bio page, where term expiration dates are listed.