LIMA — The Lima school board decided to waive the senior portfolio requirement for this school year in a meeting Monday night.
The board unanimously approved Superintendent Jill Ackerman’s request during the meeting, held virtually using Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“(the seniors) have to do service hours, they have to be out there interviewing people and have them working with mentors,” she said. “There might be some kids that actually were taking it or completing it so that they could accumulate a credit that they would need to graduate. So if that’s the case, then those kids will have to finish it but they’re going to come up with a more modified version for them if they need to get that credit.”
Ackerman says she feels for the district’s seniors.
“We had been looking forward to those last things that seniors get to do — last concerts, prom, honors night, academic signings and then, of course, graduation. If we do find out that we are not going to be back in session then we will have a conversation about what is graduation going to look like because I do want to do something, I just don’t know when we can do something or what it would look like but we will want to honor our seniors in some way,” Ackerman said.
As of now, commencement remains scheduled for May 23 at Spartan Stadium.
“I don’t want to make some alternative plan and then find out that we could have done something — even if it was later in June or even July. They’re picking up caps and gowns and everything. They picked them up today. A lot of kids did,” Ackerman said.
The schools remain closed until at least May 1 but instruction continues online.
“This Friday is Good Friday so we will not have any new instruction posted on Friday and then Monday, we’re not going to post any new work that day either. We want to give parents and students an opportunity, if you’re all caught up, to have a break,” Ackerman said in a video posted on the district’s Facebook page on Monday.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.