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Education

  • Hedges project still a huge success

    It has been just short of a decade since the hustle and bustle of students filled the halls of Hedges Central Elementary School in Mount Vernon, but the building is still being put to good use.

    The continuing drop in enrollment numbers cause the closure of the school, and the process of finding another use for the building.

    After the decision was made to make the changeover to a community center, the first person to make the move in was Randy Woodall.

  • Marrs improvements will provide students more inviting learning environment

    Marrs Elementary School is no doubt showing signs of age.

    Windows leak and air conditioning is not extremely efficient, but that is to be expected from a building that hasn’t had a major overhaul in 25 years.

    But that is all coming to a change.

    Two Kindergarten rooms started the entire school renovation last week that includes an energy savings project that Principal Greg DeWeese says should be complete at the end of summer, just in time for school to begin again this fall.

  • MSD of Mount Vernon works to stay prepared on school safety

    A number of law enforcement officials descended upon Mount Vernon High School for a training activity. With all the police vehicles outside, had it been a school day, parents and neighbors may have feared the worst.

    Those assumptions come from the world we live in today, where school violence is at an all-time high and seems to get closer to home every time.

    Less than a month ago, two students were killed and 18 wounded by a 15-year-old who opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY, just two hours away from Mount Vernon.

  • Posey County Schools receive annual letter grades

    The Mount Vernon and North Posey School Districts have received their annual school letter grades for 2017, and there were a few changes this year.

    The State Board of Education approved the grades earlier this month.

    Overall in the state, there was an increase of schools receiving As and fewer receiving Bs.

    State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said that next year Indiana schools, due to a change in federal education policy, will face a change in accountability.

  • Important info for 2017-18 School Year

    ***IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS FOR THE UPCOMING 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR**

    MSD OF MT. VERNON
    NEWS RELEASE
    OPENING OF SCHOOL 2017-18

    Offices at the high school and junior high open July 26, and the elementary school offices will be open starting August 1, 2017. Office hours until school resumes are from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Specific questions should be directed to the appropriate school principal’s office.

  • Using tech to teach: Kissinger named newest eLearning Coach for district

    An eLearning Coach may sound like an unusual job title. But for educators at the MSD of Mount Vernon, roles like these are becoming more essential than ever.

    At the July 5 school board meeting, sixth grade language arts teacher Julie Kissinger was officially approved as an eLearning Coach for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. She and fellow coach, Pam O’Risky, will help assist teachers district-wide by training them on new software programs and showing them ways to integrate that technology into daily lesson plans.

  • School board approves 2017-18 lunch, book prices

    Mount Vernon parents can expect to see school lunch prices remain the same with a slight increase to the price of textbooks when students return this fall.

    The MSD of Mount Vernon school board approved several items concerning textbook and school lunch prices at its June 19 meeting.

  • PC schools receive Four Star award

    The Indiana Department of Education has announced a second round of Four Star school awards this month, and three Posey County Catholic schools claimed spots in the two rounds of announcements.

    The complete list of Four Star schools in the county includes St. Wendel School in St. Wendel, St. Matthew School in Mount Vernon and St. Philip School in Posey County.

    They made up three of the 13 schools in the Evansville Dioceses to receive the distinction. That is half of all the schools within that diocese.

  • Club receives donation for upcoming trip

    Students in Mount Vernon Junior High’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group received a $2,000 contribution for their upcoming national trip thanks to local logistics company, WSI. FCCLA is a national volunteer-based student group that established a local chapter at Mount Vernon Junior High in August.

    During its first year, advisor and teacher Tammy Schneider worked to strengthen the new group and increase its presence in the community.

  • High school undergoes administrative changes

    After 15 years as Mount Vernon High School’s top administrator, Tom Russell will serve his final day as a Wildcat next week.

    For Russell, the final two-week push of exams and ceremonies arrive with a sense of finality this year.

    He is leaving after a lengthy career as both an educator and administrator. He is a Mount Vernon graduate, and served as an industrial arts instructor for many years.