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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is a blessing to be the principal at Marion Elementary School.  This is a wonderful educational institution for your child.  Marion Elementary is 1 of 2 elementary schools within the city limits.  We are home to approximately 390 students and 55 staff members.

Our success is based on commitment, teamwork, relationships, expectations, and effort.  In providing a quality education, we need your support.  This partnership is an integral part of student success.  Attendance, good behavior and work ethic are key components for all students to be successful.  Please encourage and help motivate your child to always perform at their highest level.  We are excited about building relationships with all of our students and their families.

Our expectations will be high for everyone and the challenges will not deter us from our goals.  We will continue to foster an atmosphere that inspires academic excellence, leadership and collaboration where our students reap the benefits.  I value everyone on this team and their unique contributions to promote student success.  We will continue to strive to promote excitement and passion in learning.  

We are grateful that your child attends Marion Elementary!


Our vision: Providing a nurturing environment where all students are leaders and believe in their power to embrace learning, to excel, and to own their future.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve and love your child.  If you have concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime at Marion Elementary School (652-2141).



Graduate of Mitchell High School

B.A. in Education with Certification in Mathematics from Warren Wilson College

M.A. in Middle Grades Math from Western Carolina University

M.A. in School Administration from Appalachian State University.


13 years as a Math Teacher


4 years as an Assistant Principal


7 years as a Principal


Currently in 4th year as Principal of Marion Elementary School



Rod Slagle


It is a blessing to serve the Marion Elementary School Community!