The Lima City Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Ag and Outdoor Occupations and Engineering Technology Campus Monday, Aug. 28.
The campus will be located at the former Emerson Elementary School site, 650 E. Edwards St.
Two buildings will be constructed on the site to house each of the programs. Both of these growing programs are in need of more space than is currently available at the high school. The new campus will allow space for both programs to grow and to provide students with the equipment and experiences they need to be successful.
The Engineering building will allow more space for things like robotics, 3D printing and CNC machines. It will allow the program to delve into the many disciplines of engineering and job opportunities. The building will include classroom and open spaces, as well as a conference room.
The Ag building will provide much needed space to bring in equipment and for students to learn welding, wood working and other skills. There will also be a greenhouse with hydroponics on the site as well as outside space for planting and working with large farm equipment.
The campus is expected to be ready for the 2024-25 school year. The project is being paid for with federal CARES Act funds.
Superintendent Jill Ackerman was joined at the groundbreaking by Lima Senior Principal Tyler Turner, Career Tech Director Frank Kohlhofer, teachers and students from the two programs, and representatives from Charles Construction Services and Core Consulting.