2014-15 school enrollment

In-school registration is TODAY and Wednesday!
For information about enrollment / registration for the 2014-15 school year,
click here.

NOTE: Temporary contact information (while ESC is closed)

The Education Service Center remains closed indefinitely due to a fire Tuesday morning, May 6. We have set up temporary offices at other locations in the district. We appreciate your patience during this time.

How to contact us:

E-mail:
Email is the best way to reach specific employees in the short-term. To find email addresses for specific employees in the Staff Directory, click here

Phone:
Click the links below to view the temporary contact numbers for specific departments.

Office relocation:

The Superintendent’s Office, Human Resources Department, and Instruction and Curriculum Department and will be temporarily housed at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., in the Freshman Center area. (Visitors must still enter through the main door at the front of the building and sign in at the office.)

To reach any of these departments in the immediate future emailing a specific employee is the best way to communicate at this point. To find email addresses for specific employees in the Staff Directory, click here.) 

The Business Department, Food Services Department, and Special Services Department will be temporarily housed at Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania St. (Visitors must enter through the main doors and sign in at the office.)

To reach any of these departments. emailing a specific employee is the best way to communicate at this point. To find email addresses for specific employees in the Staff Directory, click here.) 
 

Welcome to MCS

Thank you for visiting  Marion Community Schools online!

We are excited to bring this site to the community of Marion as a place for communicating information about the school district. If you have any comments or concerns about this website, please feel free to contact the Webmaster
 

FAQs: Elementary district boundaries new for 2014-15

To balance space available in individual elementary schools vs. the number of students attending, Marion Community Schools is revising its elementary school district boundaries.

>> For more information, including a link to the InfoFinder i address lookup tool (to find your elementary district according to your home address), please CLICK HERE.
 

FAQs: New start/end times, transportation changes, calendar for 2014-15 school year

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.

>> Click here for details on the new start and end times and transportation changes.

>> Click here to view the 2014-15 MCS school calendar.

Giants' new home turf is turning heads: Check it out!

Posted on Jul. 18 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School's Bill Green Arena is one of the largest high school arenas in the world. Walton Performing Arts Center is one of the finest theaters in the country. Now, Marion Community Schools is turning heads yet again with a brand new state-of-the-art turf field at Dick Lootens Stadium.
 

Our students deserve the best opportunities. This new field will be an amazing home turf for our student athletes and many other organizations, including JROTC and marching band.

It's a great time to be a Marion Giant!

Innovative community schools leader to take over at MHS next year

Posted on Jul. 15 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the next principal of Marion High School: Keith Burke.

Burke has nearly two decades of experience in leadership roles at Indianapolis Public Schools, and he will have the opportunity to work closely with retiring MHS Principal Lennon Brown, who will remain MHS principal through Dec. 31, 2014. 

"Keith will have the first semester to learn from and with Mr. Lennon Brown and our high school and district team, as well as our community,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Keith has 16 years of successful leadership experiences from Indianapolis and is excited about joining our community and our Marion Community Schools team.”

Burke has most recently led T.C. Howe Community High School, a former IPS school currently being run by turnaround operator Charter Schools USA. Data shows student achievement has grown significantly during his time there. He has played a lead role not only academically, but also in the area of community connections, finance, and professional development.

Prior to that, he served IPS in various leadership roles since 1996, and was an integral player in many turnaround and success stories within that corporation.

He was named National Community School Principal of the Year in 2006 for his work at IPS Washington High School, which was at the same time named National Community School of the Year. Both awards were given by the Coalition of Community Schools, an alliance of national, state, and local organizations that supports partnerships between schools and other community resources.

Just a short time before, Washington had been in danger of state takeover and was actually closed for a time. The turnaround success was due in large part to significant community partnerships with more than 50 local organizations that helped make sure the needs of students and their families were met. Innovative teaching strategies at Washington also included civic and community involvement components.

During Burke’s time at Washington, first as assistant principal and then as principal, standardized test scores rose by an annual average of 10 to 15 percentage points, and in the reopened school’s first graduating class, the Class of 2008, 100 percent of students passed the math portion of the Graduation Qualifying Exam, and 90 percent passed the language arts portion. Under his leadership, the school showed the most academic growth of any secondary school in the IPS school system, and was featured by the American School Board Journal as a model for failing urban schools.

He served as athletic director at IPS Arsenal Technical High School (the largest high school in the IPS system) during the time period that Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI, when Tech was the beneficiary of some of the NFL’s community outreach programs. Burke was the point person for IPS in all communication with the Super Bowl Committee, the media, and the NFL teams, for the design and construction of the Chase Legacy Center, the renovated Tech Football Stadium and the field turf installation. (The NFL donated the turf field built at the University of Indianapolis as the New York Giants’ practice field to Tech, and the Chase Legacy Center, a fitness, media, and educational center on the Tech grounds that houses programs run by a dozen different organizations, ranging from fitness, to media, to art, to culinary and gardening programs, was made possible by $1 million in seed money from the NFL.)

“I really enjoy building community relationships,” Burke said. “That’s part of what I’m looking forward to in Marion: being a part of a community that is engaged and supportive. I’m excited for my family to become part of this community.”

He also served as AD and head football coach IPS Broad Ripple High School, where he was named IPS Coach of the Year for multiple years, as well as Indianapolis Star Coach of the Year. He had previously served as a social studies teacher at Broad Ripple, where he was named teacher of the year.

Burke, who is originally from the Vincennes area, started his career as a teacher and coach in Madisonville, Ky.

“Over the years as a coach and principal, I’ve watched with pride as my students have gone on to Harvard, Yale, West Point, and other prestigious institutions,” Burke said. “These are kids who faced significant challenges and tough environments. Some of them are in the spotlight for their own extraordinary successes now — and that’s the ultimate satisfaction for me.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in educational leadership from Oakland City University in Oakland, Ind.

Lindsay said he believes Burke’s experiences will serve him well at Marion High School.

“Keith understands that come Jan. 1, he has GIANT shoes to fill,” Lindsay said. “As he receives the baton from Mr. Brown, he is determined to continue the good work that has occurred before him, and the positive upswing of Marion High School that has earned a U.S. News and World Report Bronze Medal distinction and is on the verge of an IDOE letter grade of A."

Burke said he is impressed with the turnaround story at Marion High School and is confident that Brown staff has laid foundation for continued success.

“We’ll stay the course with the improvements they’re making, and we’ll grow from there,” he said.

Longtime educational reform leader to join MCS administration

Posted on Jul. 15 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce its new assistant superintendent / chief academic officer: Dr. Wood Barwick.

Dr. Barwick has been an educator for nearly 50 years, and he has a long history of leading educational innovation and improvement.

He helped lead reform at the state level in Kentucky in the 1990s, as one of 66 superintendents who joined their efforts to combat an unconstitutional school funding formula and help improve educational opportunities for all students in the state. As executive director of the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission, he was also instrumental in regulations that helped pave the way for improvements to school infrastructure throughout the state.

He has served as superintendent of three school corporations: Pulaski County (Somerset, Ky.), Carroll County (Carrollton, Ky.), and South Montgomery Schools (New Market, Ind.). He most recently served as assistant superintendent at Jay School Corp. (Portland, Ind.). He has also served as principal of three schools: Jay County High School (Portland, Ind.), Henry County (Ky.) Middle School, and Eminence, Ky., K-12 schools.

"Dr. Barwick will bring successful experience as a leader of learning from every perspective of school operations,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Wood has many years of successful educational leadership experience in both the state of Kentucky and Indiana, serving as a teacher, coach, high school principal, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer and as superintendent."

During Dr. Barwick’s tenure at South Montgomery, the school honored as one of the nation’s top wired-for-technology schools. And during his time as principal at Jay County, the school was declared a “Best Buy High School” by the Chamber of Commerce, and the school earned a grade of A on the IDOE annual report cards in 2012 and 2013.

He went on to serve as assistant superintendent and curriculum/testing coordinator for the AAA-rated Jay School Corp., which was honored by the Indiana Senate for academic achievement. He retired from Jay in 2013, and was selected as a member of the school corporation’s Wall of Character in May of that year.

He was also elected to the Eminence, Ky., Hall of Fame as a teacher/coach/principal.

“I’ve watched Marion Community Schools over the years, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Dr. Barwick said. “I believe you strive for improvement every day. If you’re improving already, then get better tomorrow. As assistant superintendent, I believe I can have an immediate impact upon student achievement.”

Dr. Barwick holds an Ed.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western Kentucky University, where he was a varsity football award winner.

He has also taught school law at Virginia Tech University and Eastern Kentucky University, and has served as a student teacher supervisor for Western Governers University.

He has served on various boards, including as president of the boards of the Chamber of Commerce in Somerset, Ky., and in Portland, Ind. He is a long-time Lion and Rotary member.

His commitment to community is just one of the reasons he is the right fit for Marion Community Schools, Lindsay said. 

"Wood will bring a high level of character, competence, and commitment as well as a joyful spirit in all that he thinks, says and does.” Lindsay said. “He is the right person and leader for this specific time in Marion history to continue our positive momentum and to lead student achievement continuously upward as our assistant superintendent/chief academic officer."

Dr. Barwick and his wife, Linda, look forward to living in Marion and serving the community.

“I know the passion of Superintendent Lindsay to improve, and others at Marion Community Schools I’ve met so far seem to share that drive,” Dr. Barwick said. “It’s a good situation to come into.”

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