I would never send my kids to the Lima City Schools. Let’s be honest. It’s a statement that most anyone living in Lima has heard or possibly said at some point in discussing education. How many times have you or people you know purposely steered a newcomer to town away from the city because of the school district? Sometimes it feels like it has become sport to bash the Lima City Schools. My big question to all is to what end?
The State of Ohio has never adequately addressed the issue of neither school funding nor its equity. Right, wrong or indifferent they have placed that burden on the backs of local property taxpayers, who through good economic times and bad have to make decisions as to whether or not to support their local school levies. Wouldn’t the time, energy and money have been better spent finding an equitable funding system instead of the impossible task of legislating parenting? That hasn’t happened.
We have chosen the Lima City Schools for our children and their love of the experience is affirmation that it’s not the wrong decision. The demise of the Lima City Schools cannot be what we are all shooting for. Stripping it down to bare minimums and leaving just the kids who will never "qualify" for ed choice should not be our ultimate goal. As a community, we are all stakeholders in the education of our children regardless of where they go to school. Please do not give up on the over 4000 students of the Lima City Schools. Vote yes for the levy on March 6.