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LIMA — Lima Central Catholic High School has a new leader and is moving toward a new “president” model much like a university might be run.The school's board of governors on Friday introduced Norwalk Catholic School President Walt Klimaski as its new president.“He has a wealth of experience and a track record, and you can see it right off the bat when you talk to him,” board President Scott Koenig said. “He has been there, done that and has a lot of the solutions already in his head as far as leading this school forward.”Klimaski, 59, begins his duties as school president in July. He replaces Principal Richard Mitterholzer, who announced a few months ago that he would retire after serving the school since 2006. Klimaski comes from a president model and talked to the board about it. The model calls for the president to handle more external things, such as development and recruitment of students. Existing staff would handle more of the internal things.“I sort of see this board stepping out and in some ways making Lima Central Catholic a small college environment,” he said.Saying he has a passion for helping schools with challenges, Klimaski said he loves development work and sees recruitment of students as one of important duties he will need to tackle.“There are things to be done with recruitment of students and trying to continue to find the funds necessary for the school to be successful in the long-term,” he said.Klimaski has for the past five years been president of the Norwalk Catholic system, which includes St. Paul High School. He had no intentions of leaving until contacted by the LCC board.About 15 people applied for the position, Koenig said. The applicants came from Ohio and other parts of the country. The search committee was pleased with the response and quality of applicants, Koenig said, but is glad it took advice from the Toledo Catholic Diocese and talked to Klimaski. “Walt Klimaski brings exceptional experience, skills and energy to the extension of out values and will ensure the growth and vitality of this institution,” Koenig said.He has 35 years of Catholic educational experience, including leadership positions at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Akron St. Vincent/St. Mary High School and the Norwalk Catholic Schools. His wife, Silvia, attended Friday's press conference.“We are Catholic through and through,” he said. “And I thoroughly love working for the church and working for Christ.”

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