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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

That sense of incomplete destiny many had is hopefully quenched as James Blackmon becomes the varsity basketball coach for Marion High School.

We join with most in the community in wishing him a successful and long career guiding the Giants boys’ team on the basketball court and providing the leadership that will enhance the character and future of the children he will coach.

— Keep up with the latest MHS athletics news at! —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion Community Schools Board of Trustees approved increases in paid lunch and breakfast prices for the 2013-14 school year.

Lunches for students in kindergarten through fourth grade will cost $1.40, a 10 cent increase from the current price. Students in fifth through 12th grade will pay $1.70 for lunch next school year, also a 10 cent increase. Paid lunches for adults will cost $2.35.

The reduced lunch price for all students will remain at 40 cents for the 2013-14 school year.

Paid breakfast prices for students will also increase by 10 cents for the next school year.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will pay 80 cents per breakfast. Reduced breakfast prices will remain at 30 cents, and paid adult breakfasts will remain at $1.25.

The online transaction fee, allowing student lunches to be paid online, will remain at $2.40 per transaction. Business Manager Jim McWhirt said in a written recommendation to the school board that the transaction fee is strictly to recoup the district’s cost.

McWhirt also said in the recommendation that increases in meal prices are not taken lightly. He said he understands that economic conditions create fiscal difficulties for parents of MCS students, but it is “imperative” that the district’s food services program is operated in a responsible manner — considering both financial and nutritional perspectives.

— More from MCS on this story: To read the minutes of this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A Marion Community Schools Head Start event this week will help its students who will attend kindergarten next school year and their families get a jump on that transition.

MCS Head Start’s kindergarten readiness event, “Down on the Farm: ABCs and 123s”, is an opportunity for parents and guardians to get information about Marion Community Schools and expectations at the kindergarten level, including the MCS dress code. A kindergarten teacher from Frances Slocum Elementary School will be speaking with parents.

The event will also offer the chance for parents and guardians to work together with their students on various fun activities that they can do over the summer to continue to prepare for kindergarten.

Both the a.m. and p.m. class sessions at Marion Early Childhood Center, located inside Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania Ave., will take part in the kindergarten readiness event. It will ben on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. for the morning class session, and 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon class session.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Rachel’s Challenge and other anti-bullying efforts are inspiring, equipping and empowering us to make positive changes in our 
schools and community. 
To celebrate the efforts of MCS students and staff to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, a special year-end event is planned: the FOR TAXII Kindness Rally, set for 5:30 p.m. May 9, 2013, at Marion High School, on the practice football field (in the gym in case of rain). 
Don’t miss out on the fun!

Features 5:30 - 8 p.m. include:
  • carnival games
  • balloon animals
  • Johnny Law
  • bounce house
  • fire truck tours
  • human hamster ball
  • dunk tank (principals and other administrators will take the plunge!)
  • food (including nachos, popcorn, sno cones, cotton candy)
  • free child ID cards with pictures, fingerprints; produced on-site courtesy of New York Life Insurance Company        
At 6:30, the Chain Reaction Ceremony will feature:
  • JROTC presenting the flag
  • Performances by Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School choirs
  • Messages from district administrators
  • Recognition for staff working on bullying prevention
  • Presentation of kindness chains from each school, which will be linked together to represent the changes happening at our schools
View the flier by clicking here.

(For a black-and-white version to print, click here. For a color poster to print and distribute, click here.)

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 12, 2013) — A Marion Community Schools bus was involved in an accident Thursday evening, but no one was injured.

There were two students on bus No. 86 when the two-vehicle accident occurred just before 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013. The bus, which was taking the students home after an after-school tutoring session at Allen Elementary School, was eastbound on West 42nd Street and was struck by a southbound vehicle as the bus pulled away from a stop sign at the intersection with Carey Street.

No one was injured in the crash, and Transportation Coordinator Don Batchelor said the bus suffered minimal damage, with the bumper being pushed out of shape. Transportation mechanics were able to make the repair and the bus was back in service Friday. Batchelor said the second vehicle also sustained minor damage.

ABOUT MARION COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT: In the 2011-12 school year, MCS’s 55 buses drove more than half a million miles. Its drivers altogether cover nearly 2,000 miles of road during a regular school day.