PERRY TOWNSHIP — The former principal of Perry High School died early Monday morning after a battle with cancer.
Nick Weingart, who was 54 years old, was the principal at Perry from 2006 to February of this year.
Friends, fellow teachers, students and members of the general public gathered late Tuesday afternoon around the flagpole at Perry High School to pray for his family and remember the many lives Mr. Nick touched.
“He was absolutely amazing,” said Alli Cummins, a 2019 graduate of Perry High School. “He really cared about his students. He wasn’t just another teacher, another part of the administration, he was someone that really cared and got to know his students for who they were instead of just the grades on my paper.”
“Mr. Nick was a tremendous impact on Perry schools,” said Angela Dove, a sixth-grade teacher who led the prayer around the flagpole. “He not only impacted the entire district but individual families and individuals within that family. He would take time individually with each one as he saw a need. He changed the face of the school. He changed so many things that will never be forgotten. He should be remembered as a passionate innovator of education and I say innovator because he had his own way. He walked to the beat of his own drum and that’s what made him separate and different from everyone else. I also think that that’s what made the impact that he made so deep.”
“Nick meant a lot of different things,” said Sandra Shively. “Nick was strict. He was good with the kids. He did so much behind the scenes that nobody really knew about and I think that was the thing that some people just didn’t know about Nick.”
His wife, Kelly Schooler — who is the principal at Perry Elementary School — survives, as does their daughter. His obituary appears inside this edition of The Lima News.
Services for Weingart will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
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