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Lima South shows off continued progress to State Superintendent

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The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, visited Lima South Science and Technology Magnet School. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, visited Lima South Science and Technology Magnet School.
DeMaria said key ingredients to a successful school are leadership, staff culture and the ability to collaborate. DeMaria said key ingredients to a successful school are leadership, staff culture and the ability to collaborate.

Lima City Schools welcomed a special guest on Tuesday.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, visited Lima South Science and Technology Magnet School. DeMaria was in the area visiting different schools and made a trip to Lima South due in part to their high progress school of honor achievement last year. He was able to see a bit of the school's curriculum in action, visiting a few different classes, then received a presentation from Principle Chad Fallis.

"That it’s relatively small which I think is nice people get to know each other," DeMaria said. "You can have strong relationships built between the adults and the students in the building in order to create that sense of family that is really important to creating a learning environment that’s really productive."

DeMaria said key ingredients to a successful school are leadership, staff culture and the ability to collaborate. He also gave a nod to Lima South’s ability to comb through student data to enhance practices, exemplified in Fallis' presentation.

"Looking at planning formal assessments at relationship building and some of those levers we can use to keep moving that mastery learning, that ball forward for our students to be more successful in the future, as well," said Fallis.

Although the school district earned an "F" on this year’s report card Lima South earned a “B" the previous year. DeMaria added for districts to bring up the district grade, individual buildings should focus on getting better individually.

"I think it’s a really powerful improvement," said DeMaria. "I’m always looking for places that are in a continuous improvement modality and i think you definitely see that here."

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