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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Olivia Wright has accepted the administrative assignment as Director of Special Education for the 2017-18 school year.

Wright is a graduate of Marion High School and has worked for Marion Community Schools since 2001 — more than 16 years of successful experience as a teacher and a special education coordinator.

MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he looks forward Wright stepping into this role and continuing to shape the department and provide opportunities for all MCS students.

“Olivia is passionately committed to our mission, which is to provide our best to the students, families, staff and community of Marion,” Lindsay said. “I look forward to the excellent leadership Olivia will provide Marion Community Schools as she begins her administrative assignment as our Director of Special Education.” 

Wright has been coordinator and assistant director for the MCS Special Education department since 2015. She steps into her new role of director following the departure of the previous director, Lisa Graham, who has accepted the role of executive director for the Grant County Special Education Cooperative, of which Marion Community Schools is a member.

The former director of the Co-Op, Lynn Gosser, has joined Marion Community Schools as director of exceptional learners. She will oversee ELL, alternative programs, high ability, and will also provide support to Special Services and secondary education, and more. That hiring was approved in June, with a start date to be official after the hiring of her successor. All three changes are now in effect.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students, families, and teachers of Marion Community Schools,” Wright said. “I am excited to continue to help students at Marion Community Schools grow and achieve in every way possible. I believe it is going to be the best year yet!”

Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also later earned her master’s degree in education and her administrator’s license.

MCS congratulates Graham on her new role serving the Grant County community as a whole; she has served the schools, staff, families, and students well, and we will value our continued partnership with her through the GCSEC. MCS also welcomes Wright into her new role, and Gosser into hers, as we look forward to a great school year.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All Little Giants families are invited to our Back to School Open House!

Our staff will be here at ALL of our locations from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, to meet our new families, and greet our returning families. This runs at the same time as the open house events for MCS elementary families at the four elementary buildings.

We hope to see all of you here!

(School starts the following day, Aug. 10.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News At Little Giants Preschool, students are not required to bring supplies, but we do have a suggested donation list for our classrooms. If you are able to contribute, we would be grateful!

Here's our list of requests for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Clorox Anywhere Spray
  • Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes
  • Ziploc Bags (any size)
  • 2 boxes of Tissues
  • Lysol or Clorox Wipes
  • Paper cups (small)
  • 1 Pack of Play dough
  • Grocery shopping bags (plastic or paper)
  • New Underwear and Socks (any size)
  • Folder (2 pocket)
  • Air Freshener
  • Paper Towel
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce a new role for a longtime partner.

Lynn Gosser, who has served as executive director of the Grant County Special Education Cooperative (of which MCS is a member) for 25 years, will take on the new role of director of exceptional learners at MCS, which will encompass oversight of the Special Services Department, along with adult education, alternative education, English language learners, high ability services, and more.

“We are thankful that Lynn has chosen to join our team in a full-time leadership capacity and is committing to help us provide our mission-motivated best to our Marion students, staff, families, and community we are privileged to serve,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said.

Gosser will provide oversight and support for the programs listed above, along with leadership and guidance to MCS social support staffers and the junior high and high school teams.

“I am grateful for this giant opportunity to serve on the administrative team at Marion Community Schools,” Gosser said. “I am both honored and humbled. It is very exciting to be a part of a school district that provides so many opportunities to all students.”

Lindsay said Gosser’s experience will be invaluable.

“Lynn has excellent educational leadership experience engaging the Indiana Department of Education, state special education leaders, Grant County superintendents, local special education personnel, agencies, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and schools,” he said. “We are pleased to welcome her, and we know that her wealth of experiences will help make our Marion Community Schools team even better.”

Gosser earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Ball State University, and earned two master’s degrees from there as well, in special education and special education administration. She is currently working toward her education specialist degree and doctorate in educational leadership through Oakland City University.

She is a licensed teacher and a certified crisis prevention and intervention trainer. In addition to her duties with the Special Ed Co-op, she has also been a leader in community initiatives to provide expanded opportunities and access to local people, including the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and the Systems of Care Governance Board.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools welcomes Dr. Gwendolyn Battle Lavert, Ph.D, as our next principal of Frances Slocum Elementary School.

Lavert is a veteran educator with a focus on literacy development. In addition to serving as a teacher and school administrator, she has also spent significant time as a coach in the areas of literacy, school improvement and turnaround, and professional development across the U.S. as well as in Europe and the Middle East.

She has also served as a consultant to educational publishers, and has published several children’s books, along with several teacher resource books for improving literacy.

“Dr. Lavert is a scholar, a literacy expert, and a teacher of teachers,” Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “She understands literacy, data, poverty, and diverse cultures, and she understands and loves the people and community of Marion, Indiana. Dr. Lavert is a positive and enthusiastic professional educator and a proactive communicator. She is a visionary leader who is passionate about training all staff and clearing the way for continuous growth and progress for all children — the whole child — in every area of their lives.”

Lavert said she is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to making an impact on not only Frances Slocum Elementary School, but also on Marion Community Schools,” Lavert said. “I believe in high intellectual performance. It’s important that all children are successful and that they are moved to reach their potential.”

Michele Smith, who is stepping into the role of Director of Elementary Education for Marion Community Schools, said she looks forward to seeing the progress that will be made with the addition of Lavert to the team.

“We are excited about the combination of Dr. Lavert’s literacy expertise and the heart of our staff and Frances Slocum community. Together we believe we can accomplish great things,” Smith said.

Lavert earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education / early childhood at Texas A&M University, and her master’s as a literacy specialist there as well. She earned her Ph.D in educational leadership / administration at Indiana State University.

“Marion Community Schools is committed to the centrality of student learning, collaboration for constructive and continuous change, and equity and access for all,” Lindsay said. “We believe that Dr. Lavert is the right leader for Frances Slocum Elementary today, and we eagerly anticipate an excellent family partnership and the growth of our staff and our students under her leadership.”