Lima Senior ready for NASA Rover Challenge

Lima Senior River Team Members with their rovers LSH Rover drivers practicing for upcoming race.

Click here for Your Hometown Station’s story about Lima Senior’s NASA Rover Challenge team.

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Preschool expansion announcement

Superintendent Jill Ackerrman announces expanded preschool program with parents, Allen Lima Leadership and Heritage preschoolers.

Watch our preschool announcement here.

Thanks to parent Phillip Crawford, Allen Lima Leadership and our preschoolers at Heritage Elementary for being with us today.

For preschool information, call 419-996-3692.

And don’t forget our One-Stop Preschool & Kindergarten Registration from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Liberty Elementary School.

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District to expand preschool, educate community

School officials, parents and Allen Lima Leadership at the press conference.

     Heritage preschoolers hols sign about expanded preschool program.       Banner advertising expanded preschool and registration event.

The Lima City Schools announced plans Tuesday to expand its preschool offerings and to offer transportation for preschool children.

School officials announced at a Tuesday press conference an effort to get more children enrolled in preschool by addressing barriers like transportation and scheduling that many families face.

Preschool children living within the district’s boundaries will be eligible for busing beginning next school year, and the district is adding more full-day options.

Citing studies showing that 90 percent of brain development happens between birth and 5 years of age, Superintendent Jill Ackerman said not nearly enough children are getting the early instruction they need.

According to the 2018 Ohio Early Childhood Race and Rural Equity Report, only 40 percent of children in Ohio come to kindergarten ready to learn. Once they are behind, Ackerman said, it is difficult to get them caught up.

”They often continue to lag behind their classmates both academically and socially,” she said. “Not getting that early classroom experience with a qualified teacher can negatively impact that child many years down the road.”

The district’s preschool program serves both typically-developing children and those eligible for special education services. Three, 4 and 5 year olds are eligible. Tuition is based on federal poverty guidelines and can be as low as $12 a month for the full-day program.

Full-day programs will be available at Freedom Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Independence Elementary and Unity Elementary. Heritage and Unity will also have half-day programs.

Students attend Monday through Friday, with times varying depending on the classroom and building. Students are enrolled August through May.

All classrooms are staffed by licensed teachers and paraprofessionals, who work with children on all areas of development: cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and adaptive.

The program is a Five Star Step Up to Quality rated program. This is the highest rating possible and means the program has met quality program standards that exceed licensing health and safety regulations.

Upcoming dates

The district is registering preschoolers and all students for next school year now. To enroll, go to and click on the “Enroll” tab.

One-stop preschool and kindergarten registration will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Liberty Arts Magnet, 338 W. Kibby St.

Children who will be age 5 by Sept. 30 can enroll in kindergarten this coming year. Registration is at Liberty regardless of which school a child will enroll in. Open enrollment is accepted.

This year’s event will feature food, games, activities and prizes. The day allows parents to register their children, get questions about kindergarten, preschool, kindergarten readiness, campus wear and transportation answered, and learn about various community organizations and services available to families.

Children can also get free physicals while registering. Children must have a physical before entering kindergarten. The Spartan Health Center will be available to schedule immunizations.

Parents should bring to registration their child’s Social Security card, immunization records, original copy of birth certificate, current physical, proof of residency and custody papers (if applicable).

Walk-In Preschool Screenings will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 23, at Heritage Elementary, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30, at Unity Elementary.

For more information, call or email Angela Miller at 419-996-3427 or Or Jody Webb at 419-996-3692 or

Community effort

Ackerman said the need in the community goes beyond just getting children enrolled in preschool. It is also about getting books in homes early on, educating parents and making sure families are connected to the help and resources they need.

“I challenge this community to come together to wrap itself around these children and families,” she said. “This is a community-wide concern that impacts the wellbeing of our entire community. And together we need to find a way to address it.”

The school district, with the help of members from this year’s Allen Lima Leadership class, will be at various locations in the community from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, to talk to people and distribute information about preschool.

They will be at the following locations: Dollar General on Jameson Ave., Family Dollar on Main Street, Meat City on Kibby Street, Chief Markets in Northland, Ruler Foods on Elm Street, Lima Public Library, Lima YMCA, Fresh N Faded on Main Street, Black Lace Hair Salon on North Main Street, Superior Federal Credit Union on Kibby Street, and the Allentown Road Walmart.

**Superintendent Jill Ackerman will be at Ruler Foods.

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Register for next school year now

The Lima City Schools is now accepting online student registrations for next school year.

All registrations must be done online. Students must register each school year.

To register: Log onto and click on “Enroll” in the menu at the top of the page. Or click here to begin.

Parents will first need to create an account to register. Accounts created previously can still be accessed. Creating an account allows parents to save their work and come back and finish at a later time if needed. It will also make the process quicker in future years.

Parents need to register for their children, using their own emails. Students should not register with their emails. For additional information, parents should contact their child’s school.

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Public School Week Press Conference

School officials and members of the community stand at a podium during the press conference at South.

Click here for today’s Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride press conference.

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Record number headed to DECA International Contest

Lima Senior DECA students pose for a picture outside of a Columbus restaurant while at the state competition.

A record number 21 Lima Senior High School students are headed to the International competition next month in Orlando, Florida.

Students qualified for the International Career Development Conference at the state competition last weekend. Of the 43 students who qualified and competed at state, 31 of them advanced to the state finals and finished in the top 10.

Below are Lima Senior’s top finishers who will compete at the international level.

1st Place – Community Service Project (Big Spartans Little Spartans) – Quinn Gable, Janae Saavedra and Jasmine Pinn

2nd Place – Creative Marketing Project – (Ohio Conclave) – Dalonte’ Manley, Ta’lor Washington and Kylee Mell

3rd Place – Public Relations (Spread Jada’s Joy) – Kiara Daniel, Ryan Moore and Darian Slaise

3rd Place – Entrepreneurship Promotion Project (Spartan STEEM) – Ja’Myah Taylor, Tiara Spivey and Ara Rexford

3rd Place – Integrated Marketing Campaign (C2K Character Champions) – Jayden Donald, Sophie Jolliff and Lauren Zell

GOLD – SBE – Spartan Cents – Naeem Russell, Taryn Lesh and Cole Mericle

GOLD – THRIVE Level – Men’s Warehouse – Jada Rose, Abree Flowers and Calia Moseley


Below are the additional students who made the stage for finishing in the top 10.

6th Place- Food Marketing – Cassie Phillips

8th Place – Principles of Bus. Admin – Adrian Bowsher

9th Place – Innovation Plan – Xylon Payne-Greeno, Valerie Porter & Angelita Cowan

9th Place – Learn & Earn – Jaleel King, Lexi Williams & Macie Oldham

9th Place – Entrepreneurship Series – Quinton Factor

Finalist – Personal Financial Literacy – Jeremiah Dew


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LSH student wins President’s Volunteer Service Award

Zach Zwiebel stands in Lima Senior with his award certificate.

Lima Senior High School sophomore Zach Zwiebel received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work with 4-H and for his leadership in ongoing efforts to bring a vocational agriculture program to his school.

Zwiebel sits on a committee that is working to add the program to Lima Senior’s Career Tech offerings. While the program has not come to fruition yet, the district has committed to doing it. School officials say Zwiebel has been a real advocate for the program.

The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities. The award is presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program and sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Lima Senior Principal Fran Mort and Guidance Counselor Kellie Sterling nominated Zwiebel for the award.

“I was pretty surprised,” he said. “I just do what I do and try to stay busy. I did not expect this, but it is cool to be recognized.

Zwiebel has been involved in 4-H for the past eight years. He is a member of Paws and Pals and Clover Patch Crew 4-H Clubs. He was previously a member of Junior Leaders and is now on the Junior Fair Board, helping to oversee 4-H projects throughout the county. He has repeatedly shined at the Allen County Fair and brought home a Showmanship first-place award from the Ohio State Fair last year. He had two special interest projects make it to state last year too.

Zwiebel is also among 40 chosen from around the state for the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, a collaboration with 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Ohio Farm Bureau. He spent two days in Columbus last week working to create policy that will be presented in May for the chance to present at this year’s State Fair.

The policy involves bringing more programs like FFA, 4-H and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to schools. Zwiebel has been surveying students and staff about such programs and has visited elementary schools to talk to students about 4-H.

“One of my goals here is to educate Lima Senior kids about where their food comes from,” he said.

Very active at Lima Senior, Zwiebel is in Youth and Government, Choir, the Choir Council and is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader. He also plays baseball and golf for the Spartans. He works at Big R and maintains a 4.07 grade-point average.

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Experience More

Picture of the "Lima City Schools Experience More" frame of the video.

Click here for our new promotional video.

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Public School Week, Open House coming

Picture of postcard announcing the open house.

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the Lima City Schools and highlight the district’s staff, students programs and success stories.

Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride is the week beginning March 25. This is the third year the school district has held the week-long celebration that includes a social media campaign and activities throughout the district’s buildings.

The highlight of the week is the District-Wide Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Lima Senior High School.

While the high school hosts the event, all of our schools and programs will be represented. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the school district, including career tech, gifted education, special education, magnets and athletic offerings. You might even get the chance to take a spin on this year’s NASA Rover.

Student projects and artwork will be on display and student performance groups will be on stage in the gymnasium throughout the evening. Be sure to stop by the new Kids Zone area for fun activities, face painting and information about our expanded preschool program.

The open house is also the perfect time to register for next school year!

Enjoy a meal on us prepared by Lima Senior High School’s Spartan Inn/Culinary Students. Thanks to the West Ohio Food Bank for its support of the meal.

The first 60 children to come through the doors will get a free comic book thanks to Alter Ego Comics.

The comic books are only the beginning of the many prizes attendees could go home with. Thanks to our partners in the community, we have more than 50 prizes to give away throughout the night. Be sure to stop by the prize table located near the front entrance of the school for a chance to win Spartan gear, gift cards to local businesses and much more.

While at the prize table, grab a grand prize punch card. Visit all the locations on the punch card, return the punch card to the prize table and maybe win a Chromebook or Echo Dot. Thanks to Ley Insurance and the Lima City Schools Technology Department for donating these grand prizes.

Thank you to the following supporters of the open house: Alter Ego Comics, Black Lace Hair Salon, Bobby Cue Grill, C&T Design, Crosshairs Lima, Dominion Energy, Fresh N Faded, Gordon Food Service, Husky Energy, Ley Insurance, Liberty Arts Magnet PTS, Lima Senior Athletic Department, Lima Senior DECA, Lima Senior Spartan Inn, Lima Sporting Goods, Love Lima Campaign, Smith Boughan, The Met, the Veterans Memorial Civic Center and Western Sizzlin.

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Spartan Hoops – Tournament Time

Check in with Coach Q here before his Spartans head into tournament play Friday. Also, hear from JoJo Fulcher about the season and his game winning, TRAC Championship basket last week.

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