Marion County Board of Education

Virtual enrollment drops drastically

Staff Writer

HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education (BOE) reported a drastically lower number of online virtual learners in the system this year during the Marion County BOE meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Marion County School System’s central office in Hamilton.
 Last year, the county school system’s online option experienced a 300% growth during the school year due to virtual school becoming an attractive alternative to parents who did not wish to have their children in schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Masking up again?

Guin Marion County Board of Education member Don Jones said he would not be able to support a mask mandate if the state were not doing so as well. [Scott Johnson/Staff]

HAMILTON – Threatening increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in Marion County has education officials in limbo with only a matter of days before school starts.
During a meeting on Friday, July 30, Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the county’s school board members that her office is “watching and waiting” for how state officials will posture policy in light of a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Sales tax soars for second month

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON – Another record has been set for local sales tax collections for the Marion County School System.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told members of the Marion County Board of Education during a meeting on Tuesday, June 15, that $220,160 was generated through the local one-cent education tax, which is paid to the county school system for sales outside of Winfield.

Hawkins, Spiller earn top marks

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Two students have been recognized for academic excellence for their performance on the ACT.
Taylor Hawkins of Marion County High School in Guin and Carson Spiller of Hamilton High School were both recognized by the Marion County Board of Education on Friday, May 21, and received plaques commemorating them both for achieving an ACT composite score of 30 or higher.
The Marion County Board of Education annually recognizes seniors in Marion County Schools who achieve scores at this level.


April board meeting: $500 payments to all system employees

HAMILTON – Teachers will close-out possibly the hardest year of their careers with a parting gift.
Marion County Board of Education members approved Marion County School System employees for a one-time lump sum payment of $500 during its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 22.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West said the payments are similar to actions taken by other school systems to thank their teachers for the measures they are undergoing to provide education during the current COVID-19 pandemic.