I’m a protestant who attended and whose four children attended Lima public schools. I’ve been dismayed by the renaming of Lima Stadium as Spartan Stadium. LCC for years has also used the stadium as its home field. The fact that the stadium is owned by the Lima School Board (not the Spartan School Board), while giving them the right to name it whatever they desire, does not mean that it is a good idea to ignore the community and community history of the stadium.
The School board’s action approaches self-righteousness. There seems to be a pettiness here at play—a part of a larger invective against LCC. Has the unity nurtured by Father Herr and Superintendent Earl McGovern been forgotten?
It is time for The Lima News to undertake some investigative journalism. Rumors need to be verified or disproved. For example: Did the Lima School Board turn down an offer from Leo Hawk to pay for the recent stadium renovation using his private funds instead of ultimately using taxpayer dollars? Is the Spartan athletic department cancelling all future sports competition with LCC? Has the Spartan athletic department refused an offer from LCC, Bath, Perry, Shawnee, and Elida schools to form a Lima Cup tournament involving various teams?
I can understand the Lima School Board’s frustration with vouchers being used by Lima residents to attend LCC. But that is a state legislative policy, not the fault of LCC. Furthermore there are far more Lima residents opting for their children to attend other area public schools under school choice than are using vouchers to attend LCC. Why the retribution against LCC?
The LCC parents and teachers pay Lima taxes and vote to either pass or reject school levies for the Lima public schools. Most have been supportive in the past. Why alienate them?
— Richard Meredith, Lima