Marion City Schools

District extends superintendent search

The Marion City Schools Board of Education will extend its search for a new superintendent as it seeks the right candidate to support the district’s vision.
The board has named Steve Fujii, who currently serves as director of Marion City Schools’ Office of College and Career Success, to serve as interim superintendent while the search continues.
“Fujii has served the district well as director of college and career success,” said board president Steve Williams. “His experience with Diploma Plus Acceptance, one of the district’s four pillars, will allow the district to continue to move forward.”
“I am humbled and honored to support the district as interim superintendent as it continues the important work of preparing students for success after they graduate high school,” Fujii said.
The board interviewed candidates and held a second interview for one candidate on Wednesday.
While the candidate had many qualifications that a school district would find desirable, the board decided after much deliberation that he was not the right fit for Marion City Schools at this time.
Marion City Schools has made significant strides under the leadership of Superintendent Gary Barber to focus education on the needs of students and the community. Its vision includes strong components of student leadership, research-based literacy instruction, personalized learning and preparation for success after high school. The district has built strong partnerships with community leaders, organizations and businesses to support that effort.
“Over the past four years we have made much progress in developing our ‘Four Pillars’ in support of our vision,” Williams said. “However, the time has come to attack the tough job of implementing that vision. The board remains committed to selecting someone who will implement our vision with fidelity.”
“We are not taking a pause in our efforts to move the district forward,” board vice president Ted McKinniss said. “We have every confidence that our administrative team and staff will continue the important task of leading a community of achievement.”

District Announcements

  •  When a Board of Education intends to rehire a retired public employee in the same/similar position, Ohio Revised Code requires that a public notice of that intent be provided and that a public hearing be held prior to any action to re-employ.  The Board has approved an intent to rehire Mrs. Melba Keplinger, Reading Recovery/LLI teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  This public notice may be read by clicking on the Marion City Schools website - www.marioncityschools.org. The Public Hearing will be held at 6:50 PM on July 3, 2017, in the Grant Middle School Library.

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Open Enrollment Forms Available

Parents of students who live outside of the Marion City School district but want to have their children attend one of the eight Marion City Schools buildings during the 2017/18 school year can pick up the necessary forms starting March 20 at each of our buildings.
The open enrollment policy gives parents the opportunity to choose a school and/or school district for their children to attend tuition-free. It applies to students in schools in Marion County and throughout the state.
Students attending Marion City Schools under our open enrollment policy must re-apply each year.
Applications will also be available on the same date for parents who want to have their students transferred from one Marion City Schools building to another. These applications may also be picked up at each of our buildings. Any student who currently attends a school other than their neighborhood school must re-apply for the coming school year. 
Open enrollment applications will only be accepted from April 10 through May 19. 

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School Delays/Closings

As winter arrives, so does the chance of snowy or frigid weather. Marion City Schools strives to announce delays and closings as soon as possible.

Calamity Day Plan
The state allows districts up to five calamity days that they do not have to make up. School districts may use online lessons to make up a sixth, seventh and eighth day. Marion City Schools will again use this option if it has more than five calamity days during the school year. Click here for more information.
School delays 

Schools will open, if there is a one-hour delay:
8:30 a.m. at Harding High School
9:02 a.m. at Grant Middle School
10 a.m. at elementary schools
Schools will open, if there is a two-hour delay:
9:30 a.m. at Harding High School
10:02 a.m. at Grant Middle School
11 a.m. at elementary schools
Preschool delays 
If there is a one-hour delay, the morning class will start at 10 a.m. and end at 12 p.m.
The afternoon class will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
If there is a two-hour delay, the morning class will start at 11 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.
The afternoon class will start at 2 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
Weather alerts
Delays and closings will be announced via the following.
MCS Website at www.marioncityschools.org              NBC 4 Columbus
Twitter @MCSPresidents                                        ABC 6 Columbus
Marion City Schools Facebook                                WBNS-10 TV Columbus
MarionStar.com                                                   FOX 28 Columbus
MarionOnline.com                                                WBNS-AM Radio 1460
WMRN 1490 AM                                                   WBNS-FM Radio 97.1                        
Buckeye Country 94.3 FM                                      WTVN Radio 610 AM
WZMO Marion Radio 107.5 FM                                Ohio News Network

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