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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools on Wednesday announced at its School Board meeting that due to rising enrollment and careful budget planning, no further building reconfiguration will be needed for the 2017-18 school year.

The announcement came after discussion of the plan and a consensus from the board that current information supported the plan to keep all buildings in use by students for the next academic year.

Last year, after a series of community meetings and board discussions, Marion Community Schools closed the Tucker building and moved its career center programming onto the Marion High School campus, and preschool classes were also added to the elementary buildings. At that time, MCS officials had spoken about the possibility of further reconfiguration for the 2017-18 school year, if enrollment and revenues continued to decline. A clear provision was given at the time, though, that MCS staff would continue to examine the situation and present new information to the board before that decision was officially made.

Wednesday, armed with positive news on enrollment and confidence that MCS continues to be on track to match its expenditures with its revenues by 2017, the board agreed by consensus with the decision to keep all buildings open for the 2017-18 school year.

“This is Giant news! This is a significant victory for the entire community of Marion,” Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “It’s a reflection of our student excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and of all the exciting partnerships and curricular and co-curricular programs we offer our students. There is something for each student in Marion Community Schools! I am so thankful for the community of Marion and that parents believe in what we are doing and choose to stay and come back home to Marion Community Schools. Together, as a community, we are Giants by choice!”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

We are so excited to welcome the public to the Giant Bistro, the restaurant run by our Culinary Arts students and staff, starting on Oct. 11, 2016. We're looking forward to cooking and serving in a new location, right on the Marion Bypass.

We hope you'll consider visiting us for breakfast or lunch at 2201 S. Western Ave. Most weeks we are open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, except for school holidays. We do also occasionally alter hours to fulfill catering orders for various community groups. We will communicate those closures through our website and Facebook page

The Giant Bistro is a real-world learning opportunity for our Culinary Arts students, and is one of many hands-on career prep opportunities MRCC offers. MRCC enrolls students from across Grant County (not just MCS students), and we're proud to offer the public an exciting new option for breakfast and lunch in Marion!

Part of our proceeds every day go to a designated school or group. Check out our online calendar or Facebook page for more information, and spread the word about the fundraisers for the schools and groups that are near and dear to you!

We hope to see you soon!



Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
UPDATE: Check out highlights from the torch's journey through Grant County from WIWU-TV:




 

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is expected to enter Grant County at about midday today (Wednesday, Sept. 28).


Several torchbearers are Marion High School graduates (and one is a current student)!
  • MHS alum and current Grant County Sheriff Reggie Nevels will carry the torch through Upland at about 12:45 p.m.
  • MHS alum Jim Sutter, entrepreneur and philanthropist (and member of the MHS Hall of Distinction) will carry the torch on Ind. 15 at about 1:30 p.m.
  • Marion High School student Casey Reaves is among the torchbearers (in honor of his grandfather, Larry Goss, an MHS alum killed in the Vietnam War). He will carry the torch on part of the Ind. 15 portion of the route, just after 1:30 p.m. The procession is then set to pass in front of McCulloch Junior High School Junior High School just before 2 p.m., then head into downtown Marion, and then head north into Wabash County. Will you be out to watch this special procession?
  • MHS alum Wayne Seybold, Olympic athlete and former Marion mayor (and member of the MHS Hall of Distinction), will carry the torch in front of McCulloch Junior High School just before 2 p.m.
  • MHS alum Amos Randle, former police chief, will take the torch from Wayne Seybold near the Splash House.
  • MHS alum and current Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh will carry the torch in front of the Grant County Courthouse just before 2:30 p.m.
The torch will continue north and exit into Wabash County, to continue its trek across the entire state in honor of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the state of Indiana.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Aug. 31, 2016

The Grant County Special Education Cooperative invites families to its annual kickoff picnic.

The event is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Garden House at Matter Park.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided, and you'll also get the chance to talk with families while your child interacts with others. Children can play at the nearby Friendship Corner accessible playground, and the butterfly garden.

Michele Trivedi will join us from Indiana Resource Center for Autism. This year's topic is centered around autism and the way insurance companies handle the approvals of various resources and therapies. 

We hope to see you there! If you have questions, please call the Co-Op office at 677-4456, or contact Lisa Graham, MCS Special Services Director, by email at lgraham@marion.k12.in.us. (For more information about the MCS Special Services Department, check out our webpage here.)

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is now a Microsoft Imagine Academy, able to provide students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century economy.

MRCC joins an exclusive group of programs certified as Microsoft Imagine Academies, a group that includes only about 15,000 school programs in the world.

“We’re committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education and secure jobs that contribute to the economy and their communities,” said Travis Hueston, MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy instructor. “Our membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy program enables us to provide a road map to technology proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification credentials, keeping pace with what today’s employers are looking for and setting our students up for future success. Not only will this program provide our students with more than $35,000 worth of free computer certifications, but it will also include another $25,000 worth of IT software upgrades for the Academy.”

MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy is open to all participating schools in Grant County. Interested students should contact their counselor or the Marion Regional Career Center at (765) 664-9091.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a comprehensive program that supports ongoing technology education for students, teachers, and other education professionals spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with cloud and infrastructure management using Microsoft technologies. 

“Microsoft is committed to empowering students and teachers around the world to reach their full potential,” said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experience. “By combining education and cutting-edge technology, the Microsoft Imagine Academy helps enable success and prosperity in an evolving global economy.”

At MRCC, Microsoft Imagine Academy will provide a convenient and flexible learning environment where students can get hands-on experience with the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market or the next step in their academics. The Academy fits into MRCC’s already robust IT education options, as the career center offers every IT pathway the state Department of Education allows. Students in MRCC’s IT pathway programs can earn 9 to 12 dual college credits, depending on which pathway they choose.

MRCC’s membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy was made possible at no additional cost to the school corporation thanks to a grant from Microsoft, facilitated by the Indiana Department of Education.