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The Lima News

Shawnee schools made the right choice Tuesday in naming Michael Lamb as its new superintendent. He’s highly thought of by his peers, has a wealth of experience and already lives in the Lima region.

Lamb’s 38 years in education includes 26 years as a superintendent and six years as a principal or an assistant principal. Most of his career was spent at Perry, where he was a principal for five years and superintendent for 20. Those years at Perry also saw him heavily involved in the Lima community.

Lamb is the right person at the right time for Shawnee. School districts in Ohio will face a variety of changes this fall in teacher evaluations, curriculum, standardized tests, district report cards and changes to the school funding formula. Since Shawnee has a relatively new treasurer, the experience Lamb brings to the job is a huge plus.

All of that aside, this is the job Lamb has eyed for some time. He first applied for the position 13 years ago, losing out to Michael Manor, a decision many on that school board came to regret. His children also graduated from Shawnee.

“Arguably it is the epitome of schools in this area and one of the best in the entire state,” Lamb said. “Frankly, the Shawnee superintendent position is one of the top jobs in the state.”

In our view the decision to hire Lamb was a no-brainer, but we applaud the school board for conducting a thorough search. It interviewed six of 15 applicants.

Lamb has served as superintendent of McComb schools since 2007, commuting 90 miles back and forth to Hancock County from his Shawnee Township home.

Lamb, 60, signed a three-year contract with a $95,000 base salary. He will replace the popular Paul Nardini, who will retire at the end of July.

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