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Sunday, November 20, 2022

MCPS recognizes graduates of inaugural leadership class

Twenty members of the Marion County community have gained a greater understanding of what it takes to operate Marion County Public Schools after completing the Leadership MCPS program.

On Tuesday, September 27, these individuals graduated as the inaugural class members of Leadership MCPS. This program featured eight monthly sessions that taught participants about the various aspects of MCPS, including behind-the-scenes support operations for its 44,400-plus students.

Each graduate participated in sessions at different school facilities, which covered a wide variety of topics including teaching and learning, funding public education, School Choice, creating and supporting a safe and positive learning/working environment, Exceptional Student Education, transporting and feeding tens of thousands of students each day, and how business partners and volunteers help meet the district’s critical needs.

The Inaugural Leadership MCPS class members include: Marissa Brown, Elizabeth Deola, Karan Gaekwad, Ashely Gerds, Kristin Gutierrez, Lindsay King, Anita Kinsler, Mandi Moore, Jennifer Nadeau, Cheri Potter, Karen Reed, Raphel Robinson, Thomas Roomy, April Russell, Jessica Smith, Vanessa Stanfield, Steven Swett, William Taylor, Renee Williams, and Austin Yates.

MCPS inaugural leadership class wraps up with graduation
The Leadership MCPS graduates posing with school board members during last week’s Marion County School Board meeting (Photo courtesy of Marion County Public Schools)

During last week’s Marion County School Board meeting, the board members recognized the Leadership MCPS Class I members.

The Leadership MCPS program will continue in 2023, and community members are welcome to apply. According to MCPS, information on Class II sessions will be shared on the Leadership MCPS webpage.

For more information on Leadership MCPS, please contact Lauren Debick, executive director of Communications and Community Engagement, via phone (352-671-7759) or email ([email protected]).