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Wednesday, November 23, 2022



MCPS announces Marion County’s 2023 Principal, Assistant Principal of the Year

Marion County Public Schools has announced the newest recipients of the Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year honors in Marion County.

Student injured after pickup truck crashes into Marion County school bus

One student sustained minor injuries on Friday afternoon after a pickup truck crashed into a school bus on State Road 35 in Marion County.

MCPS School Choice and Community Resource Expo heads to WEC next week

Marion County Public Schools will host its annual School Choice and Community Resource Expo next week at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala.

MCPS cancels school on Thursday due to high wind threat

Due to multiple weather forecasts calling for tropical storm-force winds, Marion County Public Schools is cancelling school on Thursday, along with all extra-curricular activities starting on Wednesday afternoon with the exception of Marion Afterschool Programs.

Forest High School band program to host mattress sale fundraiser for new uniforms

The Forest High School's Marching Wildcats will host a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to raise money for new uniforms to celebrate the band program's 100th anniversary season.

MCPS to host Veterans Day ceremony at Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

Hundreds of students from Marion County Public Schools will show their support for local veterans by leading, attending, and participating in Marion County’s official Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park.

MCSO provides update on gun found in Forest High School bathroom

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating last week’s incident at Forest High School involving a stolen gun that was located inside a restroom. If any students know something about this incident, the sheriff's office encourages them to come forward and speak with their School Resource Officer immediately.

MCPS to host Parent Partnership: Fall Into Learning event at West Port High School

Marion County Public Schools will host its next Parent Partnership event on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at West Port High School. According to MCPS, the Parent Partnership sessions showcase the district’s efforts to build stronger relationships with families, schools, and the community.

Forest High School placed on lockdown after gun found in bathroom

Forest High School was placed on a precautionary lockdown on Friday morning after a firearm was located inside a restroom.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office reminding drivers to watch out for school buses

Several months have passed since the start of the 2022-2023 school year, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is once again reminding motorists to watch out for school buses.

No Hurricane Ian makeup days for Marion County Students

Students in Marion County Public Schools will not be required to make up any days of class that were missed due to Hurricane Ian.

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.

East Marion Elementary School to celebrate 100 years of education

East Marion Elementary School will host an event later this week to celebrate its 100th year as a Florida public school.

‘Walk Your Child to School Day’ to take place in Ocala on October 5

The Marion County Community Traffic Safety Team is hosting an event this week to help educate students and their families about several hazardous scenarios that can be encountered while walking to school.

Marion County schools to remain closed on September 30

Marion County Public Schools has announced that schools will remain closed on Friday, September 30 in order for crews to visit all campuses and assess the damage that was caused by Hurricane Ian.

MCPS extends school closures due to Hurricane Ian

Marion County Public Schools is extending its closures through Friday, September 29 due to the anticipated severe weather from Hurricane Ian.

Marion County announces school closures, shelter locations

Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management have announced school closings and multiple shelter locations in preparation for Hurricane Ian.

Driver of SUV killed after colliding with Marion County school bus, tree

The driver of an SUV was killed on Wednesday morning after his vehicle struck a Marion County school bus carrying high school students in Ocala.

Fordham Early Learning Academy to host ribbon cutting ceremony

Marion County's newest public school, Fordham Early Learning Academy, will celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting event next week.

Ocala company seeks $2.9 million contract with Marion County to build sidewalks near two elementary schools

Marion County may soon enter into a one-year, $2.9 million contract with an Ocala-based company to construct over 4.5 miles of new sidewalks in the vicinity of two local elementary schools.

Fordham Early Learning Academy, Ocala Charter Middle School joining free meals program

Students at Fordham Early Learning Academy and Ocala Charter Middle School will now receive free breakfast and lunch meals, joining a list of over 50 school sites in Marion County that are participating in the Community Eligibility Provision initiative.

Silver Springs Shores Community Center offering P.E., Archery programs for local youth

The Silver Springs Shores Community Center has announced two new programs to help keep local youth involved and active during the school year.

MCPS Food Services Department earns perfect score on state, federal audit

The department that is responsible for feeding 44,000-plus students in Marion County each school day has earned a “no finding,” or perfect score, on its most recent state and federal audit.

MCPS Engage virtual session for parents, families being held on September 1

Marion County Public Schools will be hosting its next Engage MCPS virtual session for parents and families on September 1, offering real-time presentations on various topics that impact student achievement and school success.