At its special board meeting Aug. 3, the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees voted to begin the 2021-22 school year with requiring face masks for all students, staff, volunteers and visitors regardless of their vaccination status. This announcement came one week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks in K-12 schools and after the MCS board voted to table its reopening plan at the last meeting July 27. Andy Klotz, Muncie Community Schools, Photo Provided

At its special board meeting Aug. 3, the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees voted to begin the 2021-22 school year with requiring face masks for all students, staff, volunteers and visitors regardless of their vaccination status. This announcement came one week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks in K-12 schools and after the MCS board voted to table its reopening plan at the last meeting July 27. Andy Klotz, Muncie Community Schools, Photo Provided

news 8/4/2021, 12:00pm

Muncie Community Schools requires masks regardless of vaccination status

At a special board meeting Aug. 3, the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees unveiled its reopening plan for the 2021-22 school year, which includes required face masks for all students, staff, volunteers and visitors regardless of their vaccination status.


news 5/26/2021, 12:00pm

MCS teachers to receive unprecedented pay raises

Less than a month after approving $1,000 stipends for all active school district employees for the additional work required due to COVID-19, the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Board of Trustees is boosting teachers’ pay again. The board approved salary increases for all teachers ranging from $2,400 to $5,200 annually. It has also raised starting teacher pay to $42,000, up from $38,500.


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news 4/22/2021, 10:00am

West View Elementary School teaches students English and Spanish at the same time

Vibrant colors of orange, yellow, green and red cover the walls from floor to ceiling in forms of flags, posters and papel picados. Cubbies line the walls and desks are spread out like a typical elementary school classroom, but, sticking true to the program, there are hardly any English words displayed. Instead, they are replaced by a buzz of activity from the teacher reading in Spanish to the excited chatter of the students. This is what it’s like to walk into Kelsey Pavelka’s elementary dual language immersion classroom.


news 4/21/2021, 5:00pm

Rhonda Ward makes strides in promoting diversity in Muncie Community Schools

At the bottom of every email she sends, Rhonda Ward closes with a quote from Vice President Kamala Harris: “Our unity is our strength, and diversity is our power.” As assistant principal of Muncie Central High School and Muncie Community Schools’ (MCS) newest director of diversity, Ward starts every day with the power of diversity pushing her forward and the goal to ensure equality and equity for all MCS community members. 


news 4/20/2021, 1:00pm

Muncie Community Schools staff members discuss a unique program for gifted students

When Cindy Miller’s son, David Miller, was in kindergarten, she took him to the Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, Indiana, to learn more about the Underground Railroad and its history in Indiana. In school activities, David Miller, now 10 years old, participates in math bowls and writing camps as a student in Muncie Community Schools’ (MCS) High Ability Program.


News 6/24/2020, 12:00pm

Here’s how athletics will return for Muncie Community Schools

At the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) board meeting Tuesday, Muncie Central High School Principal Chris Walker, and athletic director, Tom Lyon announced the return of athletics in the school district and how it would happen. The plan will occur in three phases beginning July 6.


News 6/9/2020, 3:00pm

MCS addresses issues of diversity, inclusion and racism

In the wake of the recent death of George Floyd, Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, director of public education and CEO of Muncie Community Schools (MCS), sent out a statement Monday about Muncie Community Schools' plan to address issues of diversity, inclusion and racism in the school district.


MCS Project 4/20/2020, 3:00pm

Looking past the label

Every morning, Sean White sips his third cup of coffee while greeting students with encouragement as they file into the halls of South View Elementary in Muncie.


MCS-Project 4/17/2020, 3:00pm

Peers become Pals

Most special education teachers spend their days helping students learn core subjects; however, recent studies have shown that students with disabilities often have lower confidence and self-esteem because it can be hard for them to “view their disability as one component of their lives, not the only component.”


4/16/2020, 1:03pm

Can do, we'll do — together.

“Help me understand that more.” Five simple words that reveal the character of the person making the request. Genuine vulnerability, leadership, humility and confidence are conveyed to those on the receiving end.  It’s a request for insight Lee Ann Kwiatkowski makes of almost every individual she meets — community members, administrators, teachers and students alike.