LIMA — Lima schools Superintendent Jill Ackerman and school board President Dennis Williams were honored for outstanding leadership Thursday by the Ohio School Boards Association.
Ackerman and Williams received the Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership at the Northwest Region Spring Conference in Perrsyburg. One award is given to an administrator and another to a school board member. The two were nominated by Sally Windle, the district’s director of arts and magnet programs.
Lincolnview school board member Eric Germann earned the Master Board Member Award. He is president of the Northwest Region. Other local board members recognized were Rob McPheron and Jackie Place, of Bath, Penny Kill, of Spencerville, and Virgil Hohlbein, of the Putnam County Educational Service Center.
Two Putnam County schools took home awards for community service projects. Glandorf Elementary School raised $2,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with its annual cotton ball sale. The school has been doing the sale for 16 years.
Leipsic High School’s Hoops for Hope raised $7,000 for the Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program. The all-day basketball event was in collaboration with community members and included various high school groups, including basketball players, cheerleaders and pep band.
Crestview High School earned a Humanitarian Award for a walk the school did to raise money for a local family. Sandra Dealey died in an automobile accident in January, leaving behind her husband and six children. The school organized a walk and raised $2,700 for the family.
Another award went to Renee Kelch, coordinator of youth ministry at Ottoville Immaculate Conception Parish Youth Group. She works with high school students to further their religious beliefs, improve their leadership skills and help them become role models for other students. The youth have engaged in a number of service projects.