LIMA — Keith Horner, superintendent of Apollo Career Center, is in the middle of his third year at the school. Last week, the Apollo school board extended his contract for another five years.
“I’m honored that they have trusted me to continue to lead the district and to help the students in the community,” Horner said.
During the 2019-2020 school year, Horner’s salary came in at $127,656.13. His future earnings will be tied to what other staffers and teachers make.
“My financial terms are really tied to what the teachers get — or don’t get,” Horner said.
Horner is looking forward to the next five years and the challenges it brings.
“Career tech’s come a long long way in terms of changing the perception of career tech. I think that in the past, people think there’s a type of kid that goes to Apollo. We know that we have really all types of amazingly talented kids that will go to college, kids that won’t go to college, kids that will go to the military, and we want to make sure that they don’t exclude us for I guess some misconceptions about that,” Horner said.
One immediate challenge Apollo is facing is continuing to provide a hands-on experience for the students, despite the pandemic.
“We’re continuing this battle through like every school district,” Horner said. “We really value, obviously, because we’re a hands-on school, we value hands-on instruction. That’s also true for our academics. I’ll be honest, I don’t think there’s any replacement for a student being in front of a teacher for a class. It just makes the world of difference.”
Apollo Career Center remains a five-day-a-week in-person educational model.
“There might be a very small percentage of kids that can learn on their own on a computer, I’d say less than 5%, so we’re doing our best to have kids here each and every day,” Horner said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.