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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the next principal of Marion High School: Keith Burke.

Burke has nearly two decades of experience in leadership roles at Indianapolis Public Schools, and he will have the opportunity to work closely with retiring MHS Principal Lennon Brown, who will remain MHS principal through Dec. 31, 2014. 

"Keith will have the first semester to learn from and with Mr. Lennon Brown and our high school and district team, as well as our community,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Keith has 16 years of successful leadership experiences from Indianapolis and is excited about joining our community and our Marion Community Schools team.”

Burke has most recently led T.C. Howe Community High School, a former IPS school currently being run by turnaround operator Charter Schools USA. Data shows student achievement has grown significantly during his time there. He has played a lead role not only academically, but also in the area of community connections, finance, and professional development.

Prior to that, he served IPS in various leadership roles since 1996, and was an integral player in many turnaround and success stories within that corporation.

He was named National Community School Principal of the Year in 2006 for his work at IPS Washington High School, which was at the same time named National Community School of the Year. Both awards were given by the Coalition of Community Schools, an alliance of national, state, and local organizations that supports partnerships between schools and other community resources.

Just a short time before, Washington had been in danger of state takeover and was actually closed for a time. The turnaround success was due in large part to significant community partnerships with more than 50 local organizations that helped make sure the needs of students and their families were met. Innovative teaching strategies at Washington also included civic and community involvement components.

During Burke’s time at Washington, first as assistant principal and then as principal, standardized test scores rose by an annual average of 10 to 15 percentage points, and in the reopened school’s first graduating class, the Class of 2008, 100 percent of students passed the math portion of the Graduation Qualifying Exam, and 90 percent passed the language arts portion. Under his leadership, the school showed the most academic growth of any secondary school in the IPS school system, and was featured by the American School Board Journal as a model for failing urban schools.

He served as athletic director at IPS Arsenal Technical High School (the largest high school in the IPS system) during the time period that Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI, when Tech was the beneficiary of some of the NFL’s community outreach programs. Burke was the point person for IPS in all communication with the Super Bowl Committee, the media, and the NFL teams, for the design and construction of the Chase Legacy Center, the renovated Tech Football Stadium and the field turf installation. (The NFL donated the turf field built at the University of Indianapolis as the New York Giants’ practice field to Tech, and the Chase Legacy Center, a fitness, media, and educational center on the Tech grounds that houses programs run by a dozen different organizations, ranging from fitness, to media, to art, to culinary and gardening programs, was made possible by $1 million in seed money from the NFL.)

“I really enjoy building community relationships,” Burke said. “That’s part of what I’m looking forward to in Marion: being a part of a community that is engaged and supportive. I’m excited for my family to become part of this community.”

He also served as AD and head football coach IPS Broad Ripple High School, where he was named IPS Coach of the Year for multiple years, as well as Indianapolis Star Coach of the Year. He had previously served as a social studies teacher at Broad Ripple, where he was named teacher of the year.

Burke, who is originally from the Vincennes area, started his career as a teacher and coach in Madisonville, Ky.

“Over the years as a coach and principal, I’ve watched with pride as my students have gone on to Harvard, Yale, West Point, and other prestigious institutions,” Burke said. “These are kids who faced significant challenges and tough environments. Some of them are in the spotlight for their own extraordinary successes now — and that’s the ultimate satisfaction for me.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in educational leadership from Oakland City University in Oakland, Ind.

Lindsay said he believes Burke’s experiences will serve him well at Marion High School.

“Keith understands that come Jan. 1, he has GIANT shoes to fill,” Lindsay said. “As he receives the baton from Mr. Brown, he is determined to continue the good work that has occurred before him, and the positive upswing of Marion High School that has earned a U.S. News and World Report Bronze Medal distinction and is on the verge of an IDOE letter grade of A."

Burke said he is impressed with the turnaround story at Marion High School and is confident that Brown staff has laid foundation for continued success.

“We’ll stay the course with the improvements they’re making, and we’ll grow from there,” he said.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The MHS Giants football team and cheerleaders are partnering with the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Blood Center for a blood drive next week — and you can help!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Online registration for all MCS schools for the 2014-15 school year is ongoing.

In addition, summer registration days are coming up later this month.

Families with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year can register their students online.

The online registration process can be completed at any Internet-connected computer (including the public stations available at Marion Public Library). However, computer/Internet access and staff assistance will be available during our summer registration days, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 22 and 23 at McCulloch Junior High School, 3528 S. Washington St. (Because construction projects scheduled this summer throughout the district will restrict visitor traffic, there will be one registration location for all student registration. Staff from all school buildings will be available at registration at McCulloch.)

Those with students who are new to MCS should plan to attend our in-school registration days to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid online as part of the registration process, or at the summer registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).

For more information about MCS enrollment, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is a Summer Food Service Program participant. Free breakfast and lunch is available to the public (to anyone 18 or younger) as follows:
  • Breakfast is served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at Frances Slocum Elementary through June 27 and Marion High School through July 25.
  • Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Frances Slocum Elementary through June 27 and Marion High School through July 25.
  • MCS summer session students are also provided free breakfast and lunch, but there are separate meal times for those students: 7:30 to 8 a.m. for breakfast, and 11 to 11:30 a.m. for lunch.