• School board strikes a nerve with fiscal court during school resource officer discussion

    The Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously agree - school safety is a No. 1 priority. But, the court isn’t ready to approve a request from the Marion County Board of Education to help fund a School Resource Officer. And, recent comments made by school board members, specifically Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed, have struck a nerve with Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and magistrates.

  • MCPS going back to the drawing board

    The community has spoken, and the Marion County Board of Education and Superintendent Taylora Schlosser have listened.

    As a result, the school district is going back to the drawing board, and the process of addressing school facilities is starting over.

    During the Marion County Board of Education’s meeting Thursday evening, June 14, Superintendent Taylora Schlosser recommended the board “slow down” and not move forward with a plan to build a new 8-9 center.

  • Lebanon City Council sends letter to school board regarding school facilities plan

    While the plan has changed completely within the past week, the Lebanon City Council voiced serious concerns about the possibility of the school district constructing a new 8-9 center adjacent to Marion County High School campus and relocating Lebanon Elementary School to the current Marion County Knight Academy.

    The Marion County Board of Education rescinded that plan during its meeting Thursday, June 14. (See previous story.) 

  • Community members ask school board to keep its nickel campaign promise

    Prior to Thursday’s school board meeting, many Marion Countians who voted for the recallable nickel in 2016 felt like they were about to become victims of a “bait and switch” tactic.

  • Education briefs

     The Marion County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 14, and the following are news briefs and action items from that meeting:


    Superintendent report

    • Hugh C. Spalding Academy held a graduation ceremony and 21 students graduated.

  • Lockwood selected to lead Marion County Middle School

    Daniel Lockwood has been hired as the next principal at Marion County Middle School. Lockwood joins Marion County Public Schools after working at the Department of Education as a Leadership Development Specialist where he supported principals and assistant principals from around the state. Before that, he was the principal at East Hardin Middle School in Hardin County for six years.

  • Board member hosting community forum to discuss facilities plan

    Carrie Truitt, who represents District 1 on the Marion County Board of Education, is hosting a community forum on June 12 to discuss a facilities plan recently approved by the Local Planning Committee.

  • CLASS OF 2018

    The 48th annual Marion County High School commencement ceremony was full of laughter, tears and celebration of new beginnings and lost friends on Saturday, June 2.

    Graduating seniors left empty chairs for their departed classmates, Olivia Ford and Blake Lawson, both students having passed away this year in car accidents. Their families attended the ceremony, and were presented memory shadow boxes.

  • Lebanon Elementary School welcomes new principal

    Lebanon Elementary School will welcome new leader, Jim Freeman, as principal next school year. 

  • Buffy Mann retiring from Marion County Middle

    Buffy Mann, 51, is retiring after 22 years of teaching and five years as principal, completing her career at Marion County Middle School.

    “I have had a blessed career,” said Mann. “I have never dreaded coming into work. You see the memes on Facebook and social media about Mondays. I have never dreaded it. I love coming in. I love the adults I work with, I especially love the students.”