Marion Grade School Advice

Marion Grade School Advice

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Jane mother of 3

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 31, 2013
Hello Marion!

My husband is being forced to relocate, and to pick between Marion, Evansville, and Paducah. He and I are currently conducting extensive research on all three areas, as well as getting feedback from local forums. I would love any help you all can provide on Marion Grade Schools :)

We have three young children (6, 4, and 18 months). Being put through a very good school system is important to me, and I want my kids to be taught by great teachers in a good culture for learning. I also want the school that will have the best educators skilled in technology and areas that will help my children succeed in "tomorrow's" economy.

- Which is/are the best option for a grade school in Marion? Why?

- What kind of technology offerings do the classrooms and teachers utilize? How do the grade schools compare in terms of technology (i.e. SMARTboards, iPads, classroom computers, tech-savvy teachers)?

- Can you provide any feedback (positive or negative) on the teachers your children have had and their time spent with them?

- Are there any issues I should be concerned about regarding any of the schools or districts?

Thank you all so kindly for your help! My husband and I really appreciate it as it helps us evaluate our decision process!:)
mtpockets

Marion, IL

#2 Jan 31, 2013
Surely you refer to sites like this on the net.

http://www.localschooldirectory.com/city-scho...

Maybe a better indicator of school proficiency than the opinionated advice received on this forum.
Sgt Schultz

Herrin, IL

#3 Jan 31, 2013
Paducah has a great parochial school system in St. Mary's :great education, great values, no crime.
Crime

Carterville, IL

#4 Jan 31, 2013
are you saying there is no crime at St. Marys or Paducah.
John from Harrisburg

Glen Carbon, IL

#5 Jan 31, 2013
Come to Harrisburg Jane. We got great schools systems here yes. Plenty of them teachers knowing about computers these days.
Sgt Schultz

Herrin, IL

#6 Jan 31, 2013
St Mary's school system provides a top notch learning environment---Paducah has its problems.
Search Elsewhere

Marion, IL

#7 Jan 31, 2013
Obviously you are sincerely looking for good and thoughtful advice, I suggest that you inquire in other venues than topix. You won't much good info. here. I would suggest checking online the school district's websites. These will provide quite a bit of the information that you are looking for. For specific questions you may have, I would call the Unit/District office and ask administration any information you would like. If you make an effort to get involved with activites (PTO, voluntering)at your child's school, this helps greatly your child adjust to whatever school setting you choose and will make the transition easier for you and your child! Good Luck!
marion parent

Belleville, IL

#8 Jan 31, 2013
Marion all the way. But, if you can find a home south of town and choose Creal Springs elementary (Adams School). Brand new facility this is the first year. Top notch teachers, small class size, cutting edge technology, and award winning science program. The science department won a national Walt Disney grant of $25k. The cafeteria is a solid concrete safe room rated to withstand tornado winds. There is even an indoor koi pond/creek. It's a very rural school and all parents are very involved in functions and are almost like family. Paducah and Evansville are much larger cities and have more of an urban environment. I have 2 sons, K and 2nd by the way




Marion

AOL

#9 Feb 1, 2013
Adams school is brand new. They no longer have small class size. In several ages they have 4-6 kids per class more than the same grande in town. With 32 kids in a class that is still lower than Crab O at 37 but not as low as Washington/Lincoln in marion at 26. All Marion elementary schools have undergone tech upgrades.

Marion is currently building a brand new High School.

However, the one thing you cannot overcome is the State of Illinois is broke. All districts are in for trouble. Big cuts coming.

There are several Districts inteh SOuth that are already out of revenue for this fiscal year. Some have borrowing ower. There are some that are out of money and have no access to cash and are projected to not be able to meet payroll within 30 days. Illinois schools are in trouble.
from marion

Brookfield, WI

#10 Feb 1, 2013
Marion is not building a complete new high school. The are adding a 78k sq ft two story addition. And even if there are some tech upgrades Washington is still 50 years old.
Retired RN

Herrin, IL

#11 Feb 1, 2013
I like Marion schools but medical care and hospital in Evansville is much better. This should also be a consideration
Jane mother of 3

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 1, 2013
Hello again!:)

Thank you to all that have helped thus far. My husband is great with computers and Microsoft Excel, and has been collecting tons of data and graphs from online resources like the Illinois Report Card, US Census, America's Health Ratings, and other websites. It has been very helpful to get a complete picture. There are definitely some great things about Marion.

Thus far, our chief concerns with Marion are:
1) Budget shortfalls in Illinois, and the uncertainty for the continuity of quality education in Southern Illinois. We are worried that Marion will raise property taxes.
2) Decline of Marion & regional business. We took drive down to tour Marion about two weeks ago. My husband noted that Marion's growth strategy is geared towards tourism-type growth. But it was obvious to both of us that the town appears to have a lot of "decay"
3) Rising crime rates, as reported online and in your recent news stories.

Aside from these concerns, schooling is still a VERY important factor for us. We'd like your additional stories/feedback/advice about Marion Grade Schools:

- teachers, quality
- technology offerings
- potential things that may be cut by the Illinois budget shortfalls
- PTO support
- Leadership - grade school & district
- school safety / area crime
- school lunch quality

Thanks again, Marion!!
sad days

Marion, IL

#13 Feb 1, 2013
If you parent your kids correctly, does the town or school really matter? If Marion concerns you, look into Carterville.
jaded

Marion, IL

#14 Feb 2, 2013
Sorry Jane, having two daughters who are in grade school in Marion I have to tell you that I talk to their teachers all the time. There is so much uneasiness about what is going to happen in the next 5 to 20 years with Marion and the region's schools. Larger class sizes, less one on one time, unreasonable standards, no money, performance based pay, much more computer learning and less need for teachers. Read about the standards that are being pushed on schools. Many teachers cannot help it if a child comes from a deadbeat meth family...and there are many in this area..sorry to paint a picture but its the truth hunny. Plus, all of the teachers are disgruntled about the politics and pension/budget woes of the Teachers Union. They think that teaching will become a very poor career and lead to worse education for the future students. So for your kids, please consider my thoughts and I would strongly advice Evansville, then Paducah. Even though I am from the area, I am just trying to tell you what I would do if I were in your situation and had a choice to pick. Illinois' debt problems and the upcoming monumental cuts to try to get back on track should be your number one factor about this area. It truly breaks my heart knowing my girls will have it much worse that we did as kids. I went to Washington elementary as a girl and had a great experience, but the culture and socioeconomics just continues to get worse with area job losses and the expectation that property taxes are going to increase. I don't know where the Marion politicians will think they will get more tax money from citizens because everyone is squeezed so hard down here as it is. My husband was a miner, was laid off, and I am now picking up full time shifts at the nursing home to make ends meet.
Sgt Schultz

Herrin, IL

#15 Feb 2, 2013
Jane. your points #2 and #3 are major concerns here. Best bet would be either Paducah or Evansville, but if you get stuck in SI, Carterville's schools are excellent.
Darrin

United States

#16 Feb 3, 2013
I don't know. Lincoln or Washington are okay. Teachers are alright. Technology is fair
marion dad

Marion, IL

#17 Feb 3, 2013
i think a lot of it comes down to how well you parent your kids. but if you are looking for great culture, lots of money for school upgrades and technology, low crime, lots of jobs, etc.....this isn't your area.
Joseph Stalin

Marion, IL

#18 Feb 3, 2013
Jane mother of 3 wrote:
Hello Marion!
My husband is being forced to relocate, and to pick between Marion, Evansville, and Paducah. He and I are currently conducting extensive research on all three areas, as well as getting feedback from local forums. I would love any help you all can provide on Marion Grade Schools :)
We have three young children (6, 4, and 18 months). Being put through a very good school system is important to me, and I want my kids to be taught by great teachers in a good culture for learning. I also want the school that will have the best educators skilled in technology and areas that will help my children succeed in "tomorrow's" economy.
- Which is/are the best option for a grade school in Marion? Why?
- What kind of technology offerings do the classrooms and teachers utilize? How do the grade schools compare in terms of technology (i.e. SMARTboards, iPads, classroom computers, tech-savvy teachers)?
- Can you provide any feedback (positive or negative) on the teachers your children have had and their time spent with them?
- Are there any issues I should be concerned about regarding any of the schools or districts?
Thank you all so kindly for your help! My husband and I really appreciate it as it helps us evaluate our decision process!:)
Leave Illinois...go Paducah
Educated Lady

Marion, IL

#19 Feb 4, 2013
The mom that started this thread is obviously a very educated lady. I mean if I was moving my family to a new area,TOPIX is definitely where I would look to for my answers.
mom of 1

United States

#20 Feb 4, 2013
I second the idea of one of the smaller towns in so. Ill. Carterville is a good choice. If I were moving here with young kids, that's where I would go. Illinois's governor seems to hold hostage what education needs until he gets whatever he wants passed thru. It's political blackmail, but in the end, the funding always comes thru. Carterville has brand new school and that area is up & coming. The community college there has provided a lot of growth for the town. Crime in Carterville seems fairly low and you still have the small-town feel. It is right in the middle between Carbondale & Marion, so you would have easy access to both towns.

Paducah seems to have higher crime than we do and there is much more of the 'decay' there in places. I don't personally know about Evansville. I'd say it bears a second look at so. Ill, because it really is a great place to live if doing outdoors type things and the educational things you can find at the University. If you mix that up with a monthly trip to St. Louis, Chicago or Memphis - all less than a 5 hour drive, you can get your children the exposure to the advantages of the city while still being tucked away in a safe, small town. I would ask to tour the schools and maybe even get a PTO schedule so that you can sit in on a meeting to ask questions. I hope that helps.

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