Lima schools celebrates public schools week

LIMA — Superintendent Jill Ackerman, surrounded by staff, alumni and supporters, lauded the Lima City Schools at a kickoff on Friday for the “Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride” week activities scheduled next week.

“We continue to have so much to celebrate, with new programs, initiatives and student successes to highlight,” said Ackerman. “Just in the past two weeks, we have watched hundreds of students singing and playing instruments on the stage. We have seen our first-ever Lima Senior Early Childhood Education student qualify for the national competition. Our art program now has a student represented in the Ohio Governor’s Art Show, a first for us. A record 26 Lima Senior DECA students qualified for international competition next month.”

The highlight of the week will be a district-wide open house. The event is scheduled at Lima Senior High School from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. Every program at every school will be represented at the open house.

Following the open house at 7 p.m., Lima Senior’s Masterworks Choir will perform in the auditorium prior to leaving for New York City where they will perform at the Cathedral of St. John Divine.

The superintendent took some time to address the issue of vouchers currently being considered by the state government. “Funneling taxpayer money into a voucher system that has absolutely no accountability is unacceptable,” said Ackerman. “We are held accountable in education for academics, staff certifications and finances. We encounter and meet endless mandates from both the state and federal government. Today we demand the same accountability for all nonpublic schools using taxpayer money to keep their doors open.”

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Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.