Junior quarterback Max Pittman (17) hands the ball off in the second half of the Muncie Central homecoming football game Sept. 20, 2019. Muncie Community Schools outlined its phased plan to bring back its athletics during the fall 2020 semester. Paul Kihn, DN

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.


Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, Director of Public Education and CEO of Muncie Community Schools (MCS) sits at her desk Jan. 22, 2020, in the MCS Administration Office and Area Career Center. She has worked at the schools for almost 10 months and has previously worked in teaching, administrative and state-level positions. Jake Helmen, DN

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.


Sean White, student assistant coordinator, poses with his wife, Heidi, and his husky, Nanuk, May 14, 2019, at the "Bark in the Park" event for the Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game. White said he calls Nanuk "Nana," and she is enjoying the extra attention she is getting because he is home due to COVID-19 concerns. Sean White, Photo Provided

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.


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.”


Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, director of public education and CEO of Muncie Community Schools (MCS), speaks with the Student Advisory Board Jan. 22, 2020, at Muncie Central High School. Kwiatkowski said she makes a point to speak with a variety of stakeholders throughout MCS and the Muncie community to make sure she is serving the schools in every way she can. Jake Helmen, DN

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. 


MCHS students participate in the 2018 Dressember event along with Khalid Reichard, early college coordinatory (center). Sam Voss (second from left) said Reichard was his biggest supporter on campus and sponsored Dressember in every way. Sam Voss, Photo Provided

MCHS students dress up to raise awareness on human trafficking

After his middle school science teacher in Los Angeles hosted survivors of human trafficking in class, Muncie Central High School (MCHS) junior Sam Voss said he was motivated to help those who have been through such "horrific, awful crimes" and were "treated as nothing." 








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