LIMA — When Lima Senior High School officially becomes one next school year, the guy at the helm with have 20-plus years of commitment to the school.
Superintendent Jill Ackerman said Wednesday that she will recommend that the school board hire Doug Kent at its meeting later this month. Ackerman points to his employment record with the district.
“He has solid experience as a high school administrator. He has a lot of experience in the area of athletics, and he has always been the leader in school security here,” she said. “He is pretty well rounded and they know him well because he has been around for a long time. He was just a natural good choice.”
Lima Senior is moving away from the small-school concept and becoming one school again next year. Kent is currently principal of the Performance Based School. He has been in that position since small schools began in 2004. He was the only internal candidate to apply. Eleven others applied.
“I just absolutely love Lima Senior,” he said. “I love the kids here and the staff. The staff is second to none.”
Kent has been with Lima schools since 1992, holding various positions, including assistant basketball coach, assistant principal, academic adviser, director of adult education and general equivalency diploma programs and head administrator at the Lima Alternative High School. He previously taught and coached at Arlington and Shawnee schools. He has 29 years in education.
“I just love education. I love the kids here,” said Kent, who comes from a family of educators. “I could take the easy route out and retire or do something else but that is not what I want to do. I jumped at this. I went into it totally knowing what it was all about. I am excited.”
Kent called it a privilege to be selected for the job and said he is looking forward to moving to one Lima Senior again and believes the move will be best for students.
“There are a lot of good ideas,” he said. “And we are going to push forward and we are going to do what we have to do for the betterment of the kids in the Lima City School District and Lima Senior High School.”
Lima Senior currently has two assistant principals. Ackerman said she will likely recommend that a third be hired.