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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is shifting to a more efficient, cost-effective bus transportation system starting next school year that will also alter start and end times at our schools.  

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the MCS Board of School Trustees approved the recommendation (based on the work of a panel of staff members from various departments and schools) that the district move from a three-tier transportation system to a two-tier system.

Right now, MCS picks up K-4 students in one round of busing, 5-8 students in another, then after elementary drop-off sends that first group of buses back out to pick up 9-12 students. So we are sending buses into the same areas of the city three times. With the change approved Wednesday night, one round of busing will pick up K-4 students, and a second round will pick up 5-12 students. 

This change represents the most cost savings. A single-tier system (K-12 students picked up in one round of busing — which is what many other Grant County school systems already do) would have required additional buses be added to the fleet, which would come with an additional price tag that would have canceled out some of the savings achieved by eliminating busing tiers.

Marion Community Schools believes making this change now is the responsible thing to do. Though we are not in emergency need of this change — like some school systems across the state, including Muncie Community Schools in neighboring Delaware County, are — a proactive decision at this point is needed to make it possible to continue offering transportation in the future.

"We want to be good stewards," said Superintendent Brad Lindsay. "Our goal is to continue to provide transportation for our students. We have to think differently and creatively to be able to continue to do so."

To make this change possible, start and end times for classes at each building will be shifted as follows for the 2014-15 school year:

Elementary (K-4)
  • Monday-Friday: 7:25 a.m. drop-off time; 7:45 a.m. starting bell time; 2:15 p.m. dismissal bell time
Intermediate (5-6)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:35 a.m. drop-off time; 8:55 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:50 a.m. drop-off time; 9:10 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
Junior High (7-8)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:35 a.m. drop-off time; 8:55 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:50 a.m. drop-off time; 9:10 a.m. starting bell time; 3:40 p.m. dismissal bell time
High School (9-12)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:15 a.m. drop-off time; 8:45 a.m. starting bell time; 3:55 p.m. dismissal bell time
  • Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. drop-off time; 9 a.m. starting bell time; 3:55 p.m. dismissal bell time 
These changes will take effect in the 2014-15 school year. Marion Community Schools will continue to communicate with our families to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

"Basically this is virtually the same schedule that we have in place currently, with very minimal changes," said John Butcher, president of the Marion Teachers Association. "This is keeping our students' needs at the forefront."
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction are being accepted through March 14, 2014.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, 1240 S. Adams St., Marion, or by email, by March 14.

For nomination forms and more information, including details on previous inductees, click here. Forms are also available at all MCS school buildings and the Education Service Center.

For more information, contact Patty Barney, executive assistant to the superintendent, 662-2546, ext. 125, or email
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The MHS Senate's 25th annual Senior Citizens Prom is coming up! This year's theme is The Great Gatsby, so get ready to channel that Roaring '20s spirit and dance the evening away (or just come have fun with your friends)!

The event, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Marion High School, includes dinner, DJ, dancing, bingo (with prizes), and even a photographer to take portraits of the attendees. This special event is free to all senior citizens in Marion.

Attendees should park on the east side of MHS, near the Freshman Center, which has a handicapped-accessible entrance on the east side of the building. 

The Senate is seeking new donors to continue to make this great event possible. If you or your organization or business would like to be a sponsor, contact MHS teacher and Senate sponsor Angela Sellers at 664-9051 ext. 2112 or email You can be a table sponsor for $25, or an event patron for $100 — or set your own donation level! All sponsors are recognized in the Prom Program distributed to attendees, and signs are also placed at tables for table sponsors and patrons. (Click here to download a donor information sheet.)

If you want to be a part of this special event, which always draws a crowd, please contact us today!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link From the Chronicle-Tribune

One of Tucker Career and Technology Center’s main goals is to prepare students for their next step, whether that’s in a dorm room or in an office, and the college and career fair is a big part of achieving that goal.

For the second year, Tucker hosted a college and career fair Thursday with vendors from Indiana universities and businesses providing information to interested students and families. The fair also doubles as an open house for Tucker students to step into the tech ed classrooms before they enroll.

“It’s our spring open house for all of our incoming students and all of our current students and parents in the community to come in, see the classrooms and meet the teachers to see what types of projects our students do,” said Valerie Janowski-Human, guidance counselor. “As kind of an added bonus, we thought it would be cool to add a college and career fair so that seniors and other community members can come in and talk to colleges, talk to local business, especially the ones that are hiring, to see what their requirements are and learn more about them.”

— More from MCS: To learn about the programs and certifications available through Tucker Career and Technology Center, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Attention all incoming Marion High School freshmen: Join us and take a journey through your high school years and beyond!

WHAT: MHS 8th Grade Night: Begin with the end in mind!

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 (doors at open at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center (MHS auditorium)

WHO: All incoming MHS freshman and their families

>> This night is all about YOU.
  • Information and advice based on YOUR interests and skills (based on the career inventory you completed).
  • Scheduling information YOU need to know. 
  • The chance to explore what organizations, clubs and teams YOU might want to join.
  • Pizza, popcorn, cookies, prizes and fun! (Activities for all ages will be available.)
We hope to see you there!