Marion YMCA recognized for Marion Mentors program, hires full time director

Marion Mentors 21, Marion County’s youth mentoring collaborative, was recently recognized for it’s success and is expanding after three years of providing volunteer adult mentors to Marion youth. Marion Mentors is a community collaboration, led by the Marion Family YMCA, which supports the development of one-on-one relationships between a volunteer adult role model and a […]

Marion City Schools moves to terminate employee accused of improperly accessing district records, emails

The Marion City Schools voted unanimously May 10 to terminate the contract of an employee who violated the district’s computer network/system policies and procedures. A district investigation that included employing an outside computer forensic firm to review the district’s computer network determined that an employee who works in the IT department accessed information without authorization. […]

Iarussi hired as new superintendent for Marion City Schools

The Marion City Schools Board of Education voted on Monday, March 19, to hire Dr. Ronald Iarussi as their new superintendent. The hiring comes after a year-long search to find the candidate with the right interpersonal and communication skills necessary to build trust with students, staff and the community. The board said that Iarussi will […]

Harding alumnus named as new head football coach at Harding

Marion Harding High School has announced that Harding alumnus Jerrod Slater will be the next coach of Harding’s football team. Harding athletic director Sean Kearns announced Friday that Slater, a 2005 Harding graduate, will succeed John Brady who announced in December that he is retiring as head coach. “We have been able to view first-hand […]

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 […]