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

Jonathan Cannon came Wednesday to 1219 S. Gallatin St. to enjoy what he and his classmates accomplished this year, but it didn’t take long for him to start dreaming about what comes next.

“It feels good, but I still can’t wait to get the inside done,” he said.

Cannon, a Marion resident and Marion High School junior, was one of 23 Tucker Career and Technology Center students who spent the 2012-13 session building a house for a needy family through Habitat for Humanity.

Representatives from Habitat, Marion Community Schools and the community gathered there to celebrate their accomplishment and see the house first-hand Wednesday.

— More from MCS on this story: To find out more about the Construction Trades program at Tucker Career and Technology Center, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Advanced placement and dual credit students at Marion High School will continue to benefit after General Motors extended a string of recent donations to the school’s academic excellence program.

GM donated $10,000 to Marion High this month, the third year in a row it’s funded advanced coursework, according to a press release from Marion Community Schools.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the press release referenced above and learn more about the GM donation, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students and teachers were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its May 22, 2013, meeting.

Those honored were:


 
Retiring MCS employees Nancy Chin, Sally Clark, Fred Cohlhepp, Betty Drinkut, Linda Earnest, Madeline Foudray, Patty Goff, Rafael Grenier, Helen Hall, Doug Haviland, Artis Hoffmann, Beth Jones, Linda Kelly, Paula Kincaid, Judy Michael, Stan Neuenschwander, Judy Neuenschwander, Karen Nichols, Jeff Plummer, Linda Record, Jane Sauer, Beth Schroeder, Judy Shepard, Debi Shepler, Bettye Stevenson, Dave Tippey, Dale Whonsetler, and Robert Wilson. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards (also retiring), along with board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. 




Teachers Nancy Chin, Linda Record, Bobbie Owensby, and Steve Stuckey were honored for 40 years of service to Marion Community Schools. Learn more here. 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. 




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. Learn more here. 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. 




Members of the Marion High School Envirothon teams that earned third and fifth at the state competition, Ted Fry, Alyssa Ngo, Sarah Bournique, Ashley Douglas, Andrew Spitzer, James Walts, Kyle Nelson, and, not pictured, Tyler Anderson, Steven Ngo, Vinai Oddiraju, and Zach Spitzer. Learn more here. 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. 
 
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

For Marion High School senior Nathan Carter, coming back to school Friday night was a no-brainer.

“I wanted to thank my parents and teachers that I’ve had,” he said. “They’ve really helped me learn what I want to do with my life and guided me on the right path.”

Carter, who hopes to study music media production at Ball State University this fall, was one of 56 students honored Friday night at Marion High School’s annual Academic Honors Banquet.

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.