LIMA — The Lima school board welcomed a new board member during its organizational meeting Thursday night at South Science Magnet and Technology school.
Ella Johnson was sworn in for a four-year term.
“I just love kids. I’ll be involved in the process of what’s going on in the schools,” Johnson said.
Johnson and current board member Alicia Anderson were the only two to run for the two seats on the school board. Sandy Monfort also won in November. She ran unopposed to fill the unexpired term of Dennis Williams. She was appointed to that seat in 2017 and will serve out a two-year term.
The board also reorganized, naming Alicia Anderson as president and Michael Ley as vice president.
Board members also set meeting dates for 2018.
All of the board meetings will be on Thursdays through May 24. Then the meeting nights will shift to Mondays through the end of the year.
Superintendent Jill Ackerman also announced that they are planning to offer free admission to Lima Senior High School students at the Jan. 19 basketball game against Toledo Whitmer High School. Students who buy special T-shirts will also get treated to a pre-game pizza party with the chance to win some special prizes.
In other business, the board met in executive session to consider a 100 percent tax abatement for a downtown housing project. The Metro Center Upscale Lofts and Business Center would be located at 127 to 131 N. Elizabeth St.
During a school board meeting held on Nov. 16, 2017, officials from Walter Development outlined the project but the school board has yet to officially make a determination whether to grant the 100 percent tax abatement.
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