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Why Spartan Stadium?

Whose brilliant idea was it to change the name of Lima Stadium? In an action they did not think through, the committee that decided this has undone years of work and cooperation that goes back many years ago when Dr. Earl McGovern, Lima City Schools superintendent, and Msgr. Edward Herr, from Lima Central Catholic High School, and the Catholic community of Lima joined forces to jointly support the education communities in Lima.

Whenever there was to be an issue on the ballot that dealt with the passage of a school or property tax to come before the voters of Lima, the first person that Dr. McGovern would contact for support was Msgr. Herr, who would help get the Catholic community to back the proposed levy and work towards its passage. Their friendship was well known and the support came from the Catholic community to help pass those levies.

Toddy, there still is a large portion of property taxes from the Catholic community that helps pay for the Lima City Schools. The claim by city schools’ communications coordinator, Beth Jokinen, that LCC has not contributed any money towards the renovations is totally wrong and has no merit at all. Take the time to check your contributor list and see how many are on it that are a part of the Catholic Community. Does the name Leo Hawk sound familiar? Do property taxes fall into the monies that made the renovations possible?

Now, under the reasoning (?) used as “Spartan Pride” the Lima City School Board has decided that they do not need that help anymore because they finally put a fairly successful football team on the field, for one year, that they claim has brought back that Spartan Pride. In one vote of the committee they have destroyed the progress and the work that has been done by the people from both schools that helped with the rebuilding of “Lima Stadium.” over the past 20 years. The stadium committee that was lead by Lima Senior booster, Dick Smallwood accomplished many things that had a great impact on “Lima Stadium” and he was assisted by a great cast of characters. Former Head football Coach from Lima Central Catholic, Paul Greene, was one of those people and Paul went out and recruited help from many businessmen and T-Bird boosters in the area that are supporters of Lima Central Catholic High School.

There were many work days that groups of volunteers from both schools came to work on the “Lima Stadium” project because they knew it was good for the community and the kids that were in the schools. It helped teach them pride in their community and what could be accomplished by working together. That is all being set aside because of the short-slightness of a small committee of people that do not have a clue about ‘community” pride! Having the stadium named “Lima Stadium” identifies with the total community and not just the Lima Spartans.

This is definitely a sad day in the history of the “Lima Stadium” and the City of Lima. I hope that the members of this committee have the nerve to stand up and say that this was the best thing for the community and have better reasons than building ‘Spartan Pride!’

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