Monroe County Master Gardener Association

Contact Amy Thompson (Extension Educator)
Phone 812-349-2575
Email afthompson [at] purdue [dot] edu
Address Purdue Cooperative Extension Service
119 W. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Description The mission of the Monroe County Master Gardener Association is to promote the art, science, and pleasure of gardening in the community in cooperation with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. Certified Master Gardeners have completed a broad based Horticulture volunteer training program as well as a minimum of 35 hours of volunteer service. Master Gardeners help others in the community grow by sharing their horticulture knowledge. Volunteers provide the community with information on gardening practices through workshops and presentations at garden clubs, school, and other community organizations. A Master Gardener training progarm is held annually by the Monroe County Office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener you can be added to the class notification list by calling 349-2575.
Additional Contact Marilyn Brinley (President)
Phone 812-349-2575
Email mlbrinley [at] aol [dot] com
Address Monroe County Master Gardener Association
119 W. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN 47404

Monroe Smart Start: Birth to Five Coalition

Contact Lois Hutter-Pishgahi (Director)
Email lois [at] monroesmartstart [dot] org
Description Monroe Smart Start: Birth-to-Five Coalition works to ensure that all children in Monroe County are ready for school and ready for life! Our coalition brings together the public and private sectors to bring resources and attention to this critical time in a child's development. We focus on the first five years because that's when 85% of brain development occurs, but only 5% of education funds are invested.

The Coalition is working towards increasing the number of children in Monroe County who enter kindergarten with the skills and attributes needed to be successful.


Monroe County Education Association

Contact Linda Richardson (President)
Phone 812-339-8739
Email lrichard [at] mccsc [dot] edu
Description Labor union for teachers who work in Monroe County. Please call for more information.

MCCSC Parent Teacher Advisory Council for Special Education

Contact Deborah Myerson (Chair)
Phone 812-330-0898
Hours 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Monroe County Public Library

The MCCSC Parent-Teacher Advisory Council for Special Education (PTACSE) is dedicated to finding opportunities for parents and teachers to work collaboratively to improve special education services for students in the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Indiana.


Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation

Contact Steven Kain (Superintendent)
Phone (812) 876-5300
Email skain [at] rbbcsc [dot] k12 [dot] in [dot] us
Description The mission is to work in cooperation with the community and families to provide students with an education that promotes responsible citizenship and encourages problem solving and creativity.
Additional Contact Dr. Carol Gardiner (Assistant Superintendent)
Email cgar6586 [at] rbbcsc [dot] k12 [dot] in [dot] us
Additional Contact Emily Richart (Treasurer)
Email elrichart [at] rbbcsc [dot] k12 [dot] in [dot] us

Monroe County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees


Contact information for trustees by district, as well as board meeting times, are available on website. Web Address:


Math Homework Help

Phone 349-3228
Address Monroe County Public Library, Program Room 2B
303 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Hours 7pm-9pm Mondays
Description FREE! Exclusively for MIDDLE SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL students. Drop-in anytime between 7 and 9pm for one-on-one math homework help. Get help with MATH and math-related SCIENCE assignments: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, ISTEP, and SAT review. FREE! No registration necessary. Also available at Ellettsville Branch location Contact: Library Reference Desk, your school counselor, or Sarah Bowman

Teachers Warehouse

Phone (812) 339-7304
Email teachersfriend [at] choiceonemail [dot] com
Hours M,W & F 2:00 to 5:00, T & Th 2:00 to 6:00,Sat. 9:30 to 12:30

Teachers Warehouse is a free store for public school teachers. Our mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of children in South Central Indiana by providing a unique means to transfer donated merchandise from businesses and individuals free to public school teachers for use in their classrooms and schools.

Additional Contact Judy Witt
Phone 339-4273

Monroe County CAPE Project

Contact Michael Conn-Powers
Phone (812) 855-8101
Email mipower [at] indiana [dot] edu
Address Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University
2853 E. Tenth St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Description Through an Eli Lilly Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the Monroe County CAPE (Community Alliances to Promote Education) seeks to ensure that all Monroe County children enter school ready to learn, stay in school and graduate with skills to assume a job or to pursue further education and acquire the life skills and dispositions to be lifelong learners and good citizens.

Monroe County Community School Corporation

Contact John Coopman (Superintendent)
Phone (812) 330-7700
Email jcoopman [at] mccsc [dot] edu
Address MCCSC Administration Building
315 North Dr.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Hours Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
Description The mission of MCCSC is to educate the students for the world of tomorrow. MCCSC is committed to working with the community to deliver an appropriate and safe learning environment with a curriculum dedicated to excellence that honors the unique and diverse needs of its students.
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