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Marion County School Board temporarily adopts new meeting times through September

The Marion County School Board will be holding its second meeting of the month at 9 a.m. through September 2022 in an effort to increase community input and participation.

Enrollment now open at new Early Learning Academy in Ocala

A new Early Learning Academy will be opening in Ocala for the 2022-2023 school year, and enrollment is now open for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.

Florida’s reigning Teacher of the Year visiting Shady Hill Elementary School this week

Shady Hill Elementary School will be receiving a special visitor on Friday morning: Sarah Painter, Florida's reigning Teacher of the Year. Her visit will coincide with the school's Kindy 500 event, an end-of-year celebration for its kindergarten classes.

North Marion Middle School wins second consecutive ‘Say Something’ Award

North Marion Middle School is now a two-time winner of the annual Sandy Hook Promise 'Say Something' Award.

Over $16,500 in donations to benefit three Marion County public schools

Over $16,500 worth of cash and tangible donations to three public schools will be presented to Marion County School Board members for acceptance during their meeting on May 10.

MCPS inviting students to participate in ‘Summer Adventures in Learning’ program

MCPS is inviting all students in pre-K through 12th grade to participate in the upcoming Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) program, from June 6 to July 14, which aims to narrow learning gaps and enrich learning through hands-on activities.

MCPS announces graduation schedules for Class of 2022

Marion County Public Schools has announced the graduation schedules for the Class of 2022.

Anonymous donors give $20,000 to Public Education Foundation of Marion County

On April 29, two anonymous Marion County Public School graduates donated $20,000 to the Public Education Foundation of Marion County’s Grants for Great Ideas program, and the funding will be used to help students in need.

Golden Apple Horse statue heading to West Port High School

A Golden Apple Horse statue will be unveiled this week at West Port High School during a ceremony, and the statue will remain at the school in recognition of Marion County's Teacher of the Year, Leah Bender.

Over $82,000 in donations to benefit numerous public schools in Marion County

Over $82,000 worth of cash and tangible donations to multiple public schools and departments will be presented to the Marion County School Board for acceptance during next week's regular meeting.

Bookworm vending machine arrives at Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School

On Tuesday morning, a check in the amount of $3,995 was presented to Stanton-Weirsdale Elementary School, and the funds were used to purchase a vending machine that offers books to students who meet their literacy goals.

Oakcrest assistant principal announced as finalist for 2022 Florida Assistant Principal of the Year

The Florida Department of Education has announced that Oakcrest Elementary School’s assistant principal, Sarah Dobbs, is one of the finalists for the 2022 Florida Assistant Principal of the Year award.

Ocala students among national finalists in American Rocketry Challenge

Two student teams from The Cornerstone School in Ocala will be competing against nearly 100 other teams in the American Rocketry Challenge National Finals. The contest tasks middle and high school students with designing, building, and launching model rockets.

MCPS seeking over $395,000 in grant funding for dual enrollment expansion

Marion County Public Schools is seeking over $395,000 in grant funding for the creation of additional dual enrollment pathways, in Welding Technology and Computer Systems and Information Technology, for students who want to attend Marion Technical College while still in high school.

Marion County Student Media Festival returns this week

The annual Marion County Student Media Festival is returning in a virtual format this week to award local students for their outstanding work in the audio and video production fields.

DeSantis signs controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

On Monday, DeSantis signed the controversial Parental Rights in Education bill, dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill by critics, which prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.

MCPS launches “Here Comes the Bus” mobile app

Marion County Public Schools has launched a new mobile app, "Here Comes the Bus," that will notify families when their student's school bus is nearing the bus stop.

Principal Annie Avery joining Ina A. Colen Academy

Ina A. Colen Academy recently welcomed Annie Avery as principal of the new tuition-free, public charter school which is opening in August. She has over 25 years of experience in early childhood, elementary, specific learning disabilities, and gifted education.

Florida Center for the Blind awarded Community Development Block Grant

A Community Development Block Grant of up to $600,000 has been awarded to Florida Center for the Blind to assist with the construction of a new preschool for visually impaired children in Marion County.

MCPS Parent Partnership event coming to Dunnellon High School

The MCPS 'Parent Partnership' series continues this weekend at Dunnellon High School, and the event will focus on physical education and addressing the summer learning slide that some students experience.

Books, Balls, and Blocks educational event coming to Early Learning Coalition of Marion County

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County is preparing to host a free educational event for families with children ages five and younger, and participants will receive free books, balls, and blocks while supplies last.

Nearly $20,000 in donations to benefit multiple public schools in Marion County

Just under $20,000 worth of donations to multiple public schools will be presented to the Marion County School Board for acceptance during next week's meeting.

Early Learning Coalition of Marion County announces new CEO

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County has announced the hiring of Sarah Lankester as its new CEO.

Public Education Foundation of Marion County offering scholarships for high school seniors

The Public Education Foundation of Marion County is offering numerous scholarship opportunities for current high school seniors.