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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce a new role for one of its leaders: David Khalouf is stepping up to serve as director of operations for the district.

Khalouf has served for several years as principal at Kendall Elementary School. In his new role, he will serve under Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Dr. Bob Schultz, and will oversee both the Transportation Department and the Facilities / Maintenance Department.

“We believe David Khalouf will bring excellent managerial leadership to these important teams that affect the daily lives of our students and staff across the district. David is a veteran educator and a proven leader. His experiences prepare him well for the director of operations role,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “This is a different way of thinking, bringing a veteran teacher and school administrator into this role. We believe David's experiences and vantage point, along with our Facility/Maintenance and Transportation staff’s skills, experiences, and vantage points, will become a winning combination as we bring our best each day to our students, families, and community. We are grateful for David's willingness to take on this important service-leadership role.”

Schultz said he anticipates the move to be productive.

“I’m looking forward to working with David and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2017 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction. The five alumni inductees include GIANTS in the fields of business, dentistry, and education.

The selection committee chose the five inductees from a field of nominees under consideration. Nominees remain under consideration for a period of up to three years.

The 2017 inductees are:
  • Art Faulkner, Marion High School Class of 1958, a well-known, highly respected philanthropist and humanitarian in the Marion community, who retired as a department director at Marion General Hospital and who served for years on the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.
  • Richard Harris, Marion High School Class of 1965, longtime owner of Matthews Buick (until 2014), active community leader, and philanthropist.
  • Dave Tippey, Marion High School Class of 1969, outstanding science educator at Marion Community Schools and Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Courtney Gorman, D.D.S., ABO, Marion High School Class of 1979, longtime owner of Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics, with offices in Marion and throughout central Indiana, sought-after educator and speaker, active community leader, and philanthropist.
  • Latondra Newton, Marion High School Class of 1986, chief diversity officer and senior vice president for the Walt Disney Company, following a long career with Toyota Motor Corp. in various leadership roles, ultimately as group vice president for social innovation, chief diversity officer for North America, and project general manager of the corporate citizen division.

The 2017 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 29.

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.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. More information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, is available at www.marion.k12.in.us in the Alumni section.
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 this summer:

All meals will be served at the cafeteria at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Monday through Thursday, June 5 through June 29.
  • Breakfast for the public will be served from 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.
  • Lunch for the public will be served from 12:30 a.m. to 12:40 Monday through Wednesday and 11:30 to 11:40 on Thursday.
Giant Summer Academy and MHS summer session students will also be provided free breakfast and lunch, but there will be separate meal times for them: 7:30 to 8 a.m. for breakfast, and between 11 and 12:30 p.m. for lunch Monday through Wednesday, and 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, or sack lunch on field trips.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children was created to serve nutritious meals to children when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. Under this program, free meals are provided to all eligible children ages 1 to 18 as well as people with disabilities, regardless of age, who participate in a special education program.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

>> Click here for a flier to post or make copies available in your office or business, or to hand out to those who need to know
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Little Giants Preschool is now an Indiana On My Way Pre-K provider, as part of the expansion of the state-funded pilot program.

The Indiana Legislature opted to roll all current grantees in the early education matching grant (EEMG) program into the On My Way Pre-K expansion. Marion Community Schools was named an EEMG grantee in 2016, covering the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

This change will allow Little Giants Preschool to maintain the added enrollment spots for 4-year-olds made possible by the EEMG, because funding will continue to be available past the original expiration of 2018. This means more spots will be available for low-income families every year, through this funding stream alone. (This is in addition to federally funded spots at Little Giants Preschool’s Head Start program, which also meets needs of low-income families, and federal Title I funding, used to boost academic success.)

Preschool expansion was one of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s priorities, and although the funding provided falls below what he and preschool advocates originally had asked for, he praised the action.

“This important legislation gives more children in more counties the chance to start their educational journey on the right foot,” he said in a statement after the legislation passed.

Not only is this news incredibly exciting, but it is extremely important for our whole community. With nearly one-third of children in Grant County living in poverty, this free, high-quality preschool option is an essential component to the success of our community. High quality early childhood education provides opportunities for our children to build their language skills, their social skills, their math concept awareness, and more, building a foundation for lifelong learning and success.

Marion Community Schools is grateful for the community support that paved the way for this development, with their donations that made participation in the EEMG possible. Those funds will go even farther under the On My Way Pre-K program, which has a much smaller matching funds requirement.

Kerri Wortinger, Little Giants Preschool director, expressed gratitude to the community and school leaders who made this possible through their work and donations, and to the state for recognizing the vision, commitment, and quality of the program and the school system.

“We know that high-quality early learning can help fill the gaps that many of our children have when it comes to language skills and other experiences,” she said. “It is so exciting to be able to give more kids this crucial opportunity!”

Enrollment assignments for the 2017-18 school year have already been made, but we will continue to accept applications to fill spots that are open or any that re-open. Little Giants Preschool maintains a waiting list year-round. Call 651-2080 for more information.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School is proud to announce that our Chinese teacher, Yichuan Yan, has been named teacher of the year by the Indiana Chinese Language Teachers Association, and a nominee for Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association’s teacher of the year award.

CLTA-IN will honor Yan as the secondary level (9-12) teacher of the year at their annual meeting in November, and submitted him as their nomination for IFLTA’s award, which will be given later this year.

Congratulations, Mr. Yan!