Gun found in student’s bag, police say parent takes responsibility

The Marion Police Department is investigating after a handgun was found in a student’s backpack at Benjamin Harrison Elementary Wednesday afternoon. At the end of this school day, staff at Benjamin Harrison Elementary on Brightwood Drive were advised of the possible presence of a weapon inside a student’s backpack. According to police, staff members took […]

Rushmore Academy director resigns, MCS preparing to reintegrate the alternative school

The Marion City Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of Rushmore Academy Director Steve Vanderhoff at Monday’s board meeting. Vanderhoff’s resignation follows an understanding between the Marion City School District and Rushmore Academy to reintegrate Rushmore’s alternative educational opportunities back into the framework of the comprehensive K-12 school district. The transition of the community […]

Required safety drill at Grant and Harding included police sweep, no drugs found

Grant Middle School and Harding High School conducted lockdown safety drills this morning, complying with state requirements. The district also invited local law enforcement to sweep the school with canine units in a search for drugs and contraband while on lockdown. No drugs were found in either school during the searches. State law requires schools […]

Marion City Schools’ digital academy closes, programs merged into district

The Marion City Schools Board of Education voted on Monday to close the Marion City Digital Academy. Programming offered within the district will serve students historically served by the district-sponsored community school. District officials said that regulations and focus concerning operation and sponsorship of community schools have changed significantly in recent years. They said the […]

Marion City Schools announces new principals

Marion City Schools has promoted leaders from within the school district to fill the positions of principal at Marion Harding High School, Grant Middle School and McKinley Elementary School. Changes in leadership were required to fill vacancies and address needs. The choice was made to promote from within to maintain focus on the district’s Four […]

Marion City Schools name interim superintendent as they extend search for new leader

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 […]

State superintendent to visit Marion City Schools

The state superintendent will visit Marion City Schools on Friday to learn more about how the district is preparing students to be college/career ready and meeting the needs of the community. Superintendent Paolo DeMaria will tour Marion Harding High School and Rushmore Academy, a community school sponsored by Marion City Schools, on Friday afternoon. His […]

Marion City Schools launches superintendent search

The Marion City School District announces it is launching a search to replace Superintendent Gary Barber, who has led the district for the past four years. The district is seeking an educational leader who will embrace its vision and inspire achievement. It is anticipated that the new superintendent would take office by Aug. 1, 2017. […]

Barber submits resignation as City Schools’ superintendent, headed to Tiffin

Marion City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber has announced his intention to resign at the end of his current contract year on July 31, 2017. “When I came to Marion four years ago my assignment was to bring change to the district and put in a framework for achievement, and I think we have accomplished that […]

Harding’s Rismiller named Assistant Principal of the Year by statewide organization

The Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators announced this month that it has selected Harding High School Assistant Principal Ryan Rismiller as its 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year. Rismiller will be the state’s nominee to the National Association of Secondary School Administrators recognition program to be held in July in Philadelphia. He will also […]