Burke named Superintendent

Publish Date: 11/24/2021

On Tuesday, the School Board approved a three-year contract for Superintendent Keith Burke.

Burke was previously named Interim Superintendent on Aug. 10, and over the next several weeks the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees considered all options, ultimately deciding to remove the interim status and move forward with Burke in the lead, overseeing all operations and programming at Marion Community Schools. 

“I am honored, humbled and privileged to serve as the Superintendent for Marion Community Schools,” Burke said “I am thankful to the MCS School Board for allowing me the opportunity to lead, and for supporting and collaborating to help do the best thing for our students. I am thankful for wonderful teachers and awesome administrators. I am thankful for all our custodians and support staff. Thankful for my wonderful family. Thankful to serve a school system and city I love! Go Giants!”

Burke has been with Marion Community Schools for about eight years. He served as principal of Marion High School for seven years, and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in May of this year. 

We first introduced him to our community as an innovative school leader, and he has continued in that mode here at Marion Community Schools! His time at Marion High School was a period of growth, student achievement, and exciting innovations including:

  • Implementation of one-to-one technology at MHS, with the school providing devices for every student, paving the way for educational innovation from online textbooks, to digital art, to e-learning throughout the COVID pandemic.
  • A revitalization of the MHS campus, including dynamic displays for the MHS Hall of Distinction, the MHS Arts Hall of Fame, and the MHS Athletics Hall of Fame, individual team histories, and conference and state titles; a turf football field; a spirit gear store; a modernized cafeteria, and more.  
  • The addition of many new classes, including dozens of new college credit opportunities and available career certifications.
  • Continuous improvement, as each year’s graduating class surpassed their predecessors for college credits earned, Advanced Placement honors awarded, and career certifications earned.
  • The expansion of our music education program, including the restart of our marching band program after decades of dormancy, and the 2021 Total Department All-Music Award, ISSMA’s highest honor.
  • A partnership with the Marion Community School of the Arts to implement the CSA Arts Academy, which offers pre-professional arts training along with all of the best MCS has to offer, including online and onsite classes, extracurricular activities, and more.
  • The implementation and exponential growth of the only JROTC program in Grant County, which provides outstanding leadership experiences and much more, earning State and National Championships, college scholarships, and high ratings from the U.S. Army.
  • The transition of Marion Regional Career Center back to the campus of Marion High School, which has offered career and technical education opportunities for more Marion students and has also allowed for cooperation and collaboration between educators in both schools, along with the creation of opportunities that are unique to this region, including the Aviation Academy, which is an award-winning partnership between Marion Community Schools and the Marion Municipal Airport, and the Cybersecurity and IT Academy, which partners with several local businesses and organizations to offer internships in this high-demand career field, and has numerous international accreditations from the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, and more.

Burke has nearly three decades of experience in public education leadership roles and has been recognized as Principal of the Year for his work both at Indianapolis Public Schools and here at Marion Community Schools. He has also served as a mentor principal for the Indiana Association of School Principals. 

He excels in building relationships with students, families, and community members, and in connecting students with opportunities to provide an outstanding foundation for college, career, and life. He has wide-ranging experience in building fruitful partnerships that benefit not only our schools and our students, but the entire community.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and his Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree from Oakland City University in Oakland, Ind. Originally from the Vincennes area, he started his career as a teacher and coach in Madisonville, Ky., and then served in various roles including teacher, coach, athletic director, and building administrator at various IPS schools before coming to Marion Community Schools.