LIMA — The new principal of the Lima Senior High Alternative school has about five weeks under his belt and is already finding a special bond with the students.
There are 33 students enrolled in the alternative school and 25 that attend the Credit Recovery Program at night.
“It’s a little bit of a challenge but I’m also finding something that’s natural about it because a lot of these kids I’ve known before when they went through middle school at West [Middle School] so it’s a natural connection for me,” said Darnell Collins.
Collins presented an update Thursday night to Lima City School Board members at a meeting at South Science and Technology Magnet School.
The alternative school is housed within South.
“It’s very important to their success because a lot of students just need a smaller environment to be successful. Lima Senior High School is a big place and so a lot of kids kind of get lost in the shuffle up there so they need a place a little smaller so they can concentrate and focus and take care of their academics,” he said.
Collins is convinced the program is beneficial to the students in the program.
“I think the future for the school is pretty bright. It’s always going to be here for those kids that need that area to be successful. This is I think is something that’s very important to these kids and these families to have somewhere that they feel at home, somewhere that they feel comfortable that they can continue their education and graduate,” he said.
In other business, the board heard from school district treasurer Shelly Reiff who discussed the district’s Five Year Plan.
That plan anticipates revenues and expenditures through 2022 and will be voted on at the Oct. 5 meeting.
Reiff reported that no additional tax levies are expected to be needed and no levies are up for renewal during that period, however one is up for renewal in 2023.
Board members also discussed Lima Senior High School starting a lacrosse program next year. They will compete in Division II.