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  • School start/end times for 2015-16

    Grant Middle School now starts its school day at 8:02 a.m., earlier than the previous school year. Doors open at 7:52 a.m., but students can enter through the cafeteria door at 7:30 a.m. and remain in the cafeteria until 7:52 a.m. Students still are released at 3 p.m.


    Elementary schools start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 a.m. Doors open for students at 8:30 a.m.


    Harding High School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Doors open for students at 7 a.m.


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  • Early Release Wednesdays start on Sept. 16

    Early release Wednesdays start on Sept. 16. Students will get out 40 minutes earlier than their regular dismissal time. The dismissal time for early release Wednesdays will be 1:50 p.m. for Harding High School, 2:20 p.m. for Grant Middle School and 2:50 p.m. for elementary schools. 


    Until Sept. 16, students will leave at their regular dismissal time.

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  • Public hearing - Intent to rehire retired staff

    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 Mr. John Lewis, guidance counselor, and Allen Bollinger, bus driver, for the 2015-2016 school year. The Public Hearing will be held at 6:50 PM on October 19, 2015, in the Grant Middle School Library.

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District News

  • New community program aims to strengthen families

    Local agencies are joining together in a new initiative dedicated to serving and educating area families. The Marion County Family and Children First Council is launching Family Mattters, a two-week program that focuses on topics that strengthen family bonds, open lines of communication and increase knowledge of local resources.

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  • Truancy blitz focuses on education

    The Marion City Police Department partnered with the Marion County Juvenile Court and Marion City Schools Tuesday to conduct a blitz on truancy in the city. The blitz focused on visiting the homes of frequently absent students and educating them and parents or guardians about the need – and legal requirement – for them to be in school.

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  • Nominate Harding alumni for academic hall of fame

    Program designed to recognize outstanding graduates. The current Harding High School awards committee will select no more than two inductees per year. The inductees into the “Harding High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame” will be honored in May at the Academic Awards Program.

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  • GEARing up students for their greatest accomplishments

    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s usually where the conversation begins when a student first meets his or her GEAR UP advisor, and the answers are what open the door to the student’s future. Knowing what a student hopes to become helps the GEAR UP advisor to draw up several roadmaps that the student can then use to explore how he or she wants to proceed.

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  • Harding alumnus paints OSU Championship for coach

    When Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer thinks back to the 2015 National Championship, he’ll have artwork by a Marion Harding High School alumnus to remind him of the victory. Artist Danny Day, a 1982 Harding graduate, presented Meyer with an oil painting portraying Ohio State’s journey to the championship game.

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  • MCS focuses on pillars of reform

    Marion City Schools is implementing an aggressive reform effort to improve performance at all grade levels. The ultimate goal is to reach every student and to increase the size and quality of Marion County’s workforce, enhancing the competitiveness of local companies, increasing incomes, and improving the economy.

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