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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees officially hired Brad Lindsay as the next superintendent of MCS with a unanimous vote at a special meeting at the Education Service Center on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Lindsay and his family were welcomed to the community by the board and several members of the MCS administrative team. Lindsay praised the successes - calling them "breakthroughs" - at MCS in recent years.

"I count it an honor and a privilege to join the Marion schools team," he said. 

He started work immediately after the hiring.

Superintendent Brad Lindsay speaks with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Katie Morgan and Aaron Vermilion after the board voted unanimously to hire Mr. Lindsay during a special meeting July 3, 2013 at the Education Service Center.

The board during their June 12 meeting revealed Lindsay as their preferred candidate to succeed retiring Superintendent Steve Edwards. Indiana law requires a specific timeline for public meetings and notifications, so his official hiring could not happen until July 3. 

Lindsay, 50, has been superintendent of Mooresville Consolidated School Corp., southwest of Indianapolis, since March 2010, after serving as assistant superintendent there for two years. That district has seen improvement during Lindsay’s tenure, receiving a “B” grade from the state Department of Education for the 2011-12 school year (and an “A” in 2010-11) after facing academic watch the previous two years.

Mooresville and Marion schools are similar in size, with Mooresville numbering 4,523 students in the 2012-13 school year according to the DOE, compared to 3,843 at Marion, though their racial and socioeconomic makeups are markedly different, reflecting similar differences in the communities they serve. Graduation rates at the two school systems were very close in the 2011-12 school year, with Mooresville graduating 91.4 percent, and Marion graduating 91.1 percent – both above the state rate.

Lindsay is a native of Westfield, but he also has ties to Marion, having earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, where his father, Larry Lindsay, is now chief of staff and interim provost. Brad Lindsay has also served as an adjunct faculty member at IWU, and served as a teacher and basketball coach at Lakeview Christian School during the 1995-96 school year.

He earned his educational specialist degree at Indiana State University.

He was named 2006 Principal of the Year in District 10 by the Indiana Association of School Principals while serving as principal of Triton Central High School. Early in his career, he earned Coach of the Year honors in Texas after leading his school’s baseball and basketball teams to state championships, and in 1999, he was named Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year in Hamilton County, Ind. He was also named Administrator of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association in 2011.

He expects to move to Marion soon with his wife, Vicki, a teacher, and their two daughters, Emily and Hannah.

“We’re so proud and excited about Mooresville, but we felt drawn to this specific time in Marion,” Lindsay told the Chronicle-Tribune at the meeting where he was introduced. “It’s a great opportunity to join the team and continue the great story of the last four years.”

Vicki Lindsay, wife of Superintendent Brad Lindsay, and their daughters Emily and Hannah speak with Marion Community Schools Human Resources Director Shelley Preston and Assistant Director Justine Pond after the School Board meeting at which Mr. Lindsay was officially hired on July 3, 2013, at the Education Service Center.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

A public hearing on prospective Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay’s proposed contract came and went with little fanfare Wednesday.

The hearing, which was mandated under a state law effective July 1, 2012, included a wall projection of Lindsay’s expected compensation but no verbal comments from attendees or the Board of Trustees.

Lindsay, who did not attend the hearing because he is on vacation, is expected to be hired at a special board meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St., and immediately begin work.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes from this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
This year, Marion Community Schools is looking to simplify the registration process for families, offering a 24 hours of in-school registration: On July 22 and 23, 2013, registration will be open at all MCS schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With our universal registration system, parents can register all of their children, from kindergartners through high schoolers, with one visit to one of their schools.

However, all schools will also be open for school visitation during that time, so families and students can go explore their buildings even if they’ve already registered online or at another school. (For information about online registration, click here.)

One exception to universal registration is for those students who have never before been registered with Marion Community Schools. Those families must register at their home school. (For those first-time registering families who are not sure which school their elementary student will attend, our online tool Infofinder I features a search-by-address function.)

Also, Marion High School students registering for Tucker Career and Technology Center programs should do so at Marion High School during the regular registration times on July 22 and 23. Students from other county schools registering for Tucker can do so from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, and 25 at Tucker.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion Community Schools is set to lose another member of its administrative team as the district approaches the retirement of Superintendent Steve Edwards.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ken Folks, Marion’s first candidate to replace Edwards, was announced Tuesday as the candidate for East Allen County Schools superintendent.

After Edwards announced Dec. 19 that he would retire this month, he and several Board of Trustees members said Folks was their preferred successor. On April 10, the board announced it was not able to reach terms with Folks.

The board announced June 12 that Mooresville Consolidated Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay is their candidate to succeed Edwards. Lindsay is set to receive a package similar to Edwards’ worth about $172,000.

Folks is set to receive a package totaling almost $210,000 in the first year of his East Allen contract, with $3,000 raises possible each of the next two years. He received about $115,000 plus health benefits in 2012-13.

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

Marion Community Schools is set to honor retiring Superintendent Steve Edwards next week.

An open house in Edwards’ honor is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Marion High School’s cafeteria.

Edwards is set to retire June 28 after spending the past four years in Marion and more than 40 as an educator in Indiana.