Superintendent's Summary Dr. Jack Parker ~ August 2, 2019

Welcome Back Students & Staff!

I am excited to begin another school year. While it is my 31st as a teacher, it is the first as a Marauder! The great start to the year is a tribute to all of the planning, organizing, and just hard work done by our district's support teams in transportation, custodial services, food service, maintenance, and administrative offices. From Centralized Registration that saw approximately 5,700 students, parents, and grandparents, to our Back To School Nights in our elementary schools, our folks have planned to make this a great start for our students. Special thanks goes to the wonderful Mt. Vernon people who went above and beyond this year!

I was fortunate to ride a McCordsville Elementary bus on the first day, and it was a joy to greet students and parents as we started our first round of transporting our children to school. The smiling faces, and a few tears that were behind the smiles (of parents), was a testament to the care and love families have for one another. To be able to experience the joys of many families' first day of school was an experience I will treasure.

This year, we will refine our collaborative systems to focus even more on students and their learning. This challenging goal to increase student success is worthy of our time and effort. My opening message to the 450 faculty and staff was that we will never stop TRYING!

We are set to begin our 6-7 month conversation with ALL stakeholders in the community. We want to fill our Mt. Vernon High School auditorium on August 27 with people who want to learn more about our future growth and provide their thoughts about how we will manage our growth of an additional 2,000 students in the next 10 years. We welcome all in-district residents, businesses parents, and community members to attend!


August 27, 2019

January 21, 2020

7 - 8 p.m. in the Mt. Vernon High School Auditorium

Additional information about the MV Community Champions initiative can be found on our website HERE.

New Staff

From top, left to right: Chris Smedley, Greg Elkins, Casey Dodd, Alissa Lockwood, Ryan King

As with the start of any new year, we bring on new staff to help Mt. Vernon Schools continue to thrive. After promoting Chris Smedley to Assistant Superintendent, we worked to fill his Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role with an exceptionally qualified professional. We were blessed to find Mr. Greg Elkins, previous Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operation at Blackford County Schools, to fill our CFO position. Although he has only been here for a month, he is already digging into our budget and building systems and structures in our finance department.

An additional move from the principalship at Mt. Comfort Elementary to the principalship of Mt. Vernon High School for Mr. Casey Dodd left some pretty big shoes to fill at Mt. Comfort. After an extensive search and interview process that included over 40 teachers and parents, we are very excited that Mrs. Alissa Lockwood accepted the Mt. Comfort Principal position. Again, that left a vacancy at McCordsville Elementary and their process brought Ryan King from Carmel Clay Schools to McCordsville Elementary as their new Assistant Principal. Mr. King has strong leadership experiences both at the building and district level helping to build capacity for his colleagues.

New Mt. Vernon Teachers
New Mt. Vernon Classified Staff

All together, we welcomed over 20 new faculty and staff to Mt. Vernon. This is an exciting time for them and for us as we continue to serve our Northern Hancock County community that is Mt. Vernon!

During the summer, we invited in-district community members who were at least 65 years young to join our 65+ Club. I was fortunate to meet and talk with over 100 excited citizens who came to get their membership card that allows them to attend most Mt. Vernon School events for free! Wonderful stories about their lives in Mt. Vernon with many of them graduating from Mt. Vernon High School pervaded our conversations.

We will continue to offer membership throughout the year to our community members who have reached the 65+ milestone. In-district residents can receive an event pass by visiting the MVCSC Administrative Service Center anytime from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. with their proof of residency and identity. See www.mvcsc.k12.in.us/65Club for details.


I have developed a personal blog to share my insights and beliefs on education, students, learning and leadership. Feel free to take a look! JackParkerBlog.com


MVCSC Superintendent, Dr. Jack Parker

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