Collaboration is the key to success in this effort. We are now seeking candidates for the new MCS school board.
The minimum qualifications for board members are:
- 21 years old
- United States citizen
- high school graduate or GED; postsecondary educational degree preferred
- residency within the Muncie Community Schools district highly preferred
- cannot be a Ball State University Trustee or the Ball State University President
- cannot be an immediate family member of a Ball State University Trustee or an immediate family member of the Ball State University President
- cannot be or have an immediate family member employed by the Muncie Community Schools district
- the appointment must comply with the Conflict of Interest Policy Regarding Appointments to the Governing Body of Muncie Community Schools (PDF) adopted by the Ball State University Board of Trustees on May 16, 2018
Important skills and attributes include:
- passion for public education and Muncie Community Schools
- record of civic engagement and community participation
- experience in fiscal management or oversight
- experience in operational management or oversight
- experience in team effectiveness
- demonstrated leadership
We will have a community forum on June 12 in connection with the selection process. Our goal is a diverse and complementary team that reflects the diverse perspectives of the community.
The newly-appointed school board will assume responsibility for MCS on July 1, 2018. The board will have two years to develop a long-term plan, with the first year devoted to listening to the community. This will allow for a great deal of collaboration with students, families, teachers, administrators, local leaders, and others to help us develop the best possible plan and provide an exceptional educational experience for all of the children of Muncie. We are at the very beginning of the process.
In addition, we are forming a Community Engagement Council. This council will include community members who will volunteer to help MCS thrive again.
On July 1, 2018, the responsibility for MCS will shift from an emergency manager with a short-term mandate to an anchor institution in Muncie with a long-term interest in our community and our public schools.
This new partnership is already making an impact. We are grateful to institutions that have made generous financial commitments to MCS.
In addition, we will build on current partnerships such as immersive learning experiences and professional development liaisons, and we will mobilize our faculty, staff, and students in new and innovative ways. Our faculty and staff will deepen our partnership with the MCS faculty and staff.
Beginning July 1, the current emergency managers, Administrator Assistance, will be working through a 60-day transition period as provided in their current contract with the Distressed Unit Appeal Board. Administrator Assistance has indicated that the financial plan, which will be presented to the newly appointed school board for the next school year, anticipates that the salaries and benefits next year for all returning MCS employees will be the same as this current year.
We will deploy a volunteer corps and form a Community Engagement Council and Education Expert Panel. School improvement planning teams will be established, and they will collect data and develop a monitoring system to ensure progress.
This partnership will provide the stability MCS students, parents, faculty and staff, and the Muncie community need and deserve.