Marion State of the City

Power of relationships fueling Marion’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. “Our ...

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

After years of declining enrollment, USD 408 Super­intendent Lee Leiker said the district is stabilizing with an increase in students for both 2015-16 and 2016-17. “I think we will maintain our enrollment at or in the area of 510 students,” he said. “Our staff continues to be a strength. They were last ...

BCC option attracting area high school students

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 Hills BCC sites, which includes Marion, said the new location is working well. “Our primary population is the high school, so it makes sense to be here,” she said. Enrollment trends over ...

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 a tremendous foundation for (the city?s) future,? he said. Building on that foundation, 2015 was about ?clarity for excellence,? Heitschmidt said. It was ...

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 Leiker. ?In our district, I believe we are doing a better job of educating our students than we ever have,? he said. ?And we aren?t going to ...

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 the Marion High School campus, Butler of the Flint Hills continues to see positive growth, said Amy Kjellin, director of the Flint Hills sites. ?We have added two new classes that had not been offered in previous years at MHS, to include a U. S. History ...

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 ?signs of progress. ? ?Those signs have ...

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 ranking ...

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 for Butler Community College at Marion in 2014 was moving from its location in the Bown-Corby building to classrooms at the Hill Building on the Marion High School campus. Amy Kjellin, BCC site director, said it was hard leaving the Bown-Corby location because it had been BCC?s home for almost 20 years. The good ...

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 ...