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Friedersdorf joins MCS in new role to help meet students', families' needs

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to welcome Dr. Troy Friedersdorf as Executive Director of Student and Family Services.

In this position, Friedersdorf will be overseeing and facilitating student support services throughout the school district, preschool through high school. He will support, implement, and evaluate services that promote the healthy development of the whole student, and to meet families’ needs.


It will be a return to Grant County for Friedersdorf, who served as principal of Eastbrook High School for about six years, ending in 2004. He comes to Marion from White’s Junior/Senior High School, part of Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, where he has been in administration since 2004, most recently as principal. Friedersdorf has been a school administrator for 21 years total.

Friedersdorf also has a background in mental health case management and clinical therapy. With his combination of education administration expertise and mental health care, Friedersdorf will be a powerful and impactful addition to Marion Community Schools.

“I am excited and proud to become a Marion Giant,” he said. “I am equally excited about the creation of the Executive Director of Student and Family Services position. This new position speaks to the commitment of the School Board and leadership team of Marion Community Schools to provide the best social, emotional, and educational experience possible for every student in our community. I am looking forward to working with a great cast of school staff while serving to engage and partner with families and the community to address the needs and maximize the potential of our students to be productive citizens, finding enjoyment and success in life.”

Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he anticipates the addition to have a very positive impact on the school system and the community.

“Dr. Troy Friedersdorf is a mission-motivated educator and servant-leader who deeply cares for the well-being of all students and families,” Lindsay said. “He will inspire win-win school-family-community partnerships and an all-win and all-together commitment to provide the students, families, and community of Marion the very best possible. Troy will make a positive difference in Marion Community Schools and in the city of Marion!”

Friedersdorf will fill some of the gap left by the departure of Michele Smith, Chief Academic Officer, who was named Principal of Pierceton Elementary School in Whitko Community School Corporation late last month. Marion Community Schools is grateful to Smith for her many years of service, from teacher, to principal, to district administrator, and we wish her the best in her new role at Whitko.