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Major changes coming for MCS

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

NORTH MANCHESTER — Change is underway at Manchester Community Schools as the Board of Trustees meets tonight to consider new hires, resignations and the results of a climate audit commissioned as the board reevaluates the district’s future.

These changes come following the board’s vote last week to pursue a $15 million building improvements plan which will see the construction of a multi-purpose field house connecting the junior and senior high buildings, among other safety and athletic-related projects. The public will have 30 days to garner 500 signatures and put the project up for a referendum in November.

First, the board will consider a recommendation to hire Amy Korus as principal at Manchester Elementary School. Korus was one of 30 applicants seeking to fill the position after former MES principal Joe Rodgers submitted his resignation to the board in May.

Korus has worked as a teacher for 15 years in both primary and intermediate settings, according to interim Superintendent Mike Pettibone.

“We are excited about her enthusiasm,” Pettibone said. Pettibone was part of a team of administrators, teachers and parents who interviewed Korus for the position.

The board will also consider the appointment of Jeremy Markham to district business manager. Markham is currently the athletic director for MCS.

The results of a district-wide climate audit will be shared with the board and public this evening as well.

The audit includes interviews with teachers, staff, parents and the broader community regarding the direction the school corporation should be headed. Pettibone expects the audit to be posted online shortly after tonight’s presentation.