Category: Marion State of the City

Power of relationships fueling Marion’s future

Power of relationships fueling Marion’s future

Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt stands next to the new city building monument sign, which was one of many 2016 accomplishments. Heitschmidt said he is “very optimistic” about the city’s future. Mayor Todd Heit­schmidt is confident about Marion’s future based on the efforts of city staff, council members and the citizens who continue working in tandem for the well-being of everyone. […]

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USD 408 in ‘good shape’ for Leiker’s final year

USD 408 in ‘good shape’ for Leiker’s final year

“This is where I wanted the district to be when we made the change in superintendency. I want someone to enjoy the quality of the school system we enjoy and I am proud of it.”<p>—Supt. Lee Leiker After years of declining enrollment, USD 408 Super­intendent Lee Leiker said the district is stabilizing with an increase in students for both 2015-16 […]

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BCC option attracting area high school students

BCC option attracting area high school students

Amy Kjellin, director of the Flint Hills Butler Community College sites, which includes Marion, said the Hill Building next to Marion High School is working well in its second year at that location. Butler Community College of Marion is now in its second year in the Hill Building on the Marion High School campus. Amy Kjellin, director of the Flint […]

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Plans turn into action during 2015

Plans turn into action during 2015

?Simply stated, talk is cheap about vision and the future ? 2015 was the time to put actionable plans to work.??Todd Heitschmidt,Marion mayor The theme in 2014 was focused on ?energy and synergy?with a renewed sense of the city?s vision, according to Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt. ?For the community (and newly elected public officials in 2014), it was about laying […]

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Schools better despite tight budgets

Schools better despite tight budgets

?I believe we are doing a better job of educating our students than we ever have. And we aren?t going to let decisions from Topeka hinder what our goal is, which is doing a better job every year for students.??Lee Leiker, USD 408 superintendent Florence-Marion USD 408 continued to thrive in 2015 even with ongoing budget limitations, said Superintendent Lee […]

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New location spurs positive growth

New location spurs positive growth

Dorothy Rucker of Peabody teaches a dual credit speech class this spring to students at Marion High School through Butler of the Flint Hills. At the same time Marion students are being taught, Interactive Distance Learning is making it possible to offer the class simultaneously to Centre and Herington students. Now in its second year at its new location on […]

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New leadership bringing new vision

New leadership bringing new vision

The city adopted a simplified design for its highway signs during 2014, as part of the city?s new outdoor marketing campaign. Free Press photo A lot can change in one year, but for the city of Marion, the transformation has affected the governing body and all departments. According to Todd Heit?schmidt, Marion?s first-year mayor, last year?s growth was centered around […]

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Achieving excellence in challenging times

Achieving excellence in challenging times

USD 408 Superintendent Lee Leiker One of the sustained goals at the Unified School District 408 Marion-Florence during 2014 was producing a quality education for students while supporting the staff?s efforts to meet those needs. According to Superintendent Lee Leiker, probably the greatest highlight last year was the ?outstanding job? that teachers and students did and continue to do. National […]

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Butler College-Marion finds a new home

Butler College-Marion finds a new home

Kimberly Krull (left), Butler Community College president, congratulates Amy Kjellin, BCC Marion site director, on the new campus location at the Hill Building, Marion High School, 701 E. Main St. Kjellin said eight deans and associate deans, along with the associate vice-president of Academics from Butler of El Dorado, visited the facility. Free Press file photo Probably the biggest change […]

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Marion business profiles, Feb. 18, 2015 cont. H-Z

HOMESTEAD SENIOR RESIDENCES – MARION Address: 1500 E. Main, Marion Phone: 620-382-2606 Web: homesteadks.org Email: hsrmarion@homesteadks.org Year opened: 2013 About us: Affordable senior housing community serving the Marion County area. News from 2014: Major renovation of the units and common area. Looking ahead to 2015: Residents now have access to the unity and common area, flat-screen TV with stereo for […]

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