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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion’s own NBA All-Star, Zach Randolph, was honored with a special ceremony on Friday where it all started: Bill Green Arena at Marion High School.

A crowd gathered inside the famed home of the Marion Giants to celebrate Randolph. Several awards were presented, and several speakers spoke to the impact Randolph has made on the world stage and here in his hometown.

Randolph, a 2000 graduate of Marion High School, is a two-time NBA All-Star and committed philanthropist, regularly reaching out to help kids and families here in Marion and in his adopted home of Memphis, where he played for the NBA’s Grizzlies from 2009 to 2017. He is now headed to the Sacramento Kings to make an impact on a new group of young players.

Randolph and his family took the place of honor Friday on the home court of the Marion Giants, whom he led to their seventh state championship in 2000, during the ceremony, as several awards were presented.

Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, also an MHS alumnus, presented Randolph with a Key to the City award, acknowledging the honor he has brought the city over the years and the pride the community has for his accomplishments and his generous spirit. Indiana State Sen. Greg Taylor, another fellow MHS Giant, presented Randolph with a Certificate of Excellence from the State of Indiana, acknowledging his tremendous record of philanthropy and service to the communities he has called home.

Randolph was also was the second honoree in a series of special honors, the Marion Minority Champion Awards; the first recipient was local civil rights pioneer Pearl Bassett, now 106 years old. The Marion Minority Champion Awards will be featured in a garden at the Clarence Faulkner Center, and they are intended not only to honor the recipients, but also to inspire the youths of Marion to dream big, and to know that they too can make an impact on our community, and beyond.

Randolph expressed thanks for the honors, and he said he was proud of his Marion roots, and proud to continue to tell people about his hometown, pledging to make sure that people in Sacramento, Calif. (his next stop in an NBA career that already spans 17 years) hear what’s great about Marion, Ind.

Other speakers included Marion High School Alumni Association President Lori Eltzroth, Randolph’s high school basketball coach, Moe Smedley, Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay, WBAT’s Jim Brunner, who has been the voice of the Marion Giants for decades, and the organizers of the event and the Marion Minority Champion Awards, Larry Richardson, Robin Fouce, along with the Rev. Larry Batchelor.

The Marion High School JROTC presented the colors, and The Crew, a dance group from Marion Community School of the Arts, added to the celebratory atmosphere with a special performance. In addition, a special video was played, looking back on Randolph’s growth from a youngster in Marion with big dreams, to an outstanding professional athlete and a community leader with the heart of a Giant, who has made a difference in the lives of so many.

Watch the video here: 

After the ceremony, the crowd proceeded out to the street that borders the Marion High School campus on the west, led by the Marion High School Marching Giants playing the MHS school fight song. There, the new sign featuring a nearly life-size image of Randolph and the new honorary name of the street — Zach Randolph Lane — was unveiled. Similar signs have also been placed at both ends of the section of the street that carries the honorary name (from 26th Street to the south, to Valley Avenue to the north). In addition, basketball shaped signs are displayed beneath the street signs at both intersections, noting the new name of the street.

This event was a collaboration of Marion Minority Champions, the City of Marion, and Marion Community Schools. Organizers are grateful to all who helped make this event a success, which also included the Marion Fire Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, and many others.

Zach Randolph and Marion High School Principal Keith Burke on Friday unveil the sign declaring a new honorary name for the street that borders the Marion High School campus on the west. From 26th Street to Valley Avenue, the street will know be known as Zach Randolph Lane.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Did you see us in the Sunday Chronicle-Tribune? Check out the amazing accomplishments of our Class of 2017:

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools welcomes Tyson Mock as its new chief technology officer, to lead the way as MCS implements new devices and systems to enhance learning opportunities.

Mock is a proven leader in technology and project management in service of the mission and vision of education.

“Tyson will bring excellent know-how, experience and leadership as our chief technology officer,” said MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “He has a variety of successful leadership experiences as an information technology leader in K-12 schools, as well as municipal and library roles, along with his service in the U.S. Navy.”

Mock said he is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“I am excited to join the Marion Community Schools team,” he said. “It is an honor and a GIANT opportunity to have been selected to fill this vital role.”

Mock will help guide Marion Community Schools in an increasingly technology-driven world.

“I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with staff and students, as well as the leaders within this community, to help our schools provide efficient, effective, and impactful technology programs that will prepare all our students to be positive and productive digital citizens,” he said. “With technology being known as ‘the great equalizer’ — meaning that it levels the playing field and has the capacity to provide equal opportunity for all — I cannot think of a more exciting mission!”

Mock earned his bachelor’s degree business administration and management information systems from Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. He earned his master of science information management degree from Arizona State University.

"We look forward to the leadership Tyson will provide our Marion Community Schools family," Lindsay said.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools welcomes Robin Peterman as our next principal of Justice Intermediate School.

Peterman is a veteran educator and a proven leader with experience building and leading supportive and energetic school communities that meet the diverse needs of students and help teachers grow as professionals.

"Robin Peterman comes highly recommended and has proven successful leadership in learning experience,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “She will lead a student-friendly, learning-centered TEAM culture at Justice Intermediate School. She will partner with our staff, families and community to make Justice Intermediate School an exciting and fun place for students to learn, and staff to serve". 

Peterman said she is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“I am excited to team with the Marion Giants,” she said. “Everyone I have met exemplifies high expectations and true belief in our students and staff. I can’t wait to meet our school team and community!”

She said she looks forward to working with teachers and students at Justice Intermediate.

“I want teachers to feel appreciated and respected,” she said. “I know their work is difficult. I want them to feel excited when I walk into their rooms, feeling energized to share what they are accomplishing with students.  I want us all, including students, to look forward to school each day. When we know people think the best of us, we excel.”

Peterman earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan, and earned her master’s in school leadership from the Indiana University, where she also went on to earn her administrative license.

"Robin is ready to put all that she has learned into action to the benefit of our students, families, and community we are privileged to serve," Lindsay said.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce a new role for a longtime partner.

Lynn Gosser, who has served as executive director of the Grant County Special Education Cooperative (of which MCS is a member) for 25 years, will take on the new role of director of exceptional learners at MCS, which will encompass oversight of the Special Services Department, along with adult education, alternative education, English language learners, high ability services, and more.

“We are thankful that Lynn has chosen to join our team in a full-time leadership capacity and is committing to help us provide our mission-motivated best to our Marion students, staff, families, and community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

Gosser will provide oversight and support for the programs listed above, along with leadership and guidance to MCS social support staffers and the junior high and high school teams.

“I am grateful for this giant opportunity to serve on the administrative team at Marion Community Schools,” Gosser said. “I am both honored and humbled. It is very exciting to be a part of a school district that provides so many opportunities to all students.”

Lindsay said Gosser’s experience will be invaluable.

“Lynn has excellent educational leadership experience engaging the Indiana Department of Education, state special education leaders, Grant County superintendents, local special education personnel, agencies, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and schools,” he said. “We are pleased to welcome her, and we know that her wealth of experiences will help make our Marion Community Schools team even better.”

Gosser earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Ball State University, and earned two master’s degrees from there as well, in special education and special education administration. She is currently working toward her education specialist degree and doctorate in educational leadership through Oakland City University.

She is a licensed teacher and a certified crisis prevention and intervention trainer. In addition to her duties with the Special Ed Co-op, she has also been a leader in community initiatives to provide expanded opportunities and access to local people, including the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Systems of Care Governance Board.