Lincolnview Local Schools
The Lincolnview Local School District was formed after voters approved the consolidation of Van Del, York, and Hoaglin Jackson Schools in November 1959. The school board adopted the new school name, Lincolnview Local Schools, on July 1, 1960. A group of students, board members, staff, and district residents chose the name to include the “Lincoln’s View,” a reference to the fact that the Lincoln Highway divided the new school district. The district adopted the nickname “Lancers” with blue, white and gold becoming the district’s school colors. Lincolnview Local Schools’ first graduating class was in 1961.
The district boasts a recently renovated elementary building that was constructed in 1999 and a newly-constructed junior/senior high school that was completed in September of 2008, through the partnership of the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC). The total cost of the project was around $17 million. The buildings also have enhanced technology, updated accessibility, security, and life safety equipment, efficient heating and air conditioning throughout the whole building, and outstanding classroom space built to OSFC standards.
The district has a $4.5 million, 35,000 square-foot facility called the “Lincolnview Community Center.” This center provides residents of the Lincolnview district a place where one can go to attend meetings, walk and/or run on an indoor track, weight room, use of three indoor basketball/volleyball courts, play pickle-ball, and use a soccer court. It is a state-of-the-art facility, unlike any other in Northwest Ohio, to enhance the Lincolnview community for many years to come.
Lincolnview Local Schools currently serves the academic needs of around 900 students in grades K-12 who are residents of the district, as well as a large number of open enrolled students from other districts. The elementary school has students in grades K-6 and is on the same campus with Lincolnview Jr. and Sr. High School grades seven-12, with all students under one roof.
Lincolnview students receive a comprehensive educational program in the core subjects of mathematics, language arts, social studies, and sciences as well as opportunities in physical education, special education, and gifted education. Instrumental and vocal music is offered to students in grades five - 12. Students in grades seven - 12 also have the opportunity to take classes in health, weight-training, drafting, environmental science, graphic arts, drawing and painting, sculpture, yearbook, newspaper, industrial technology, Pre-Engineering, Bio-medical, agriculture education - FFA, pop music, music ensemble, Spanish, and speech classes. Students may take courses at local colleges, while still in high school, called the “College Credit Plus” program. Lincolnview Local also provides flex credit courses and online courses, which are also available to qualifying students. As juniors and seniors, Lincolnview students may also attend Vantage Career Center for career technical skills training.
From a financial perspective, the Lincolnview Local School district has always been financially prudent and has not asked for any additional operating levies since 1994, the longest length of a time period for any school district in Van Wert County (24 years). The focus has always been to maximize a budget, while maintaining high quality educational services for all students of Lincolnview Local.
Education will continue to change in the next decade, specifically in accountability measures and instruction using 21st century teaching skills. The objective of instruction will focus on higher learning standards in a number of areas, particularly in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Technology skills will become more and more apparent with a priority of online assessments. With this in mind, the Lincolnview Local Schools applied for, and was awarded, a $472,000 grant in 2014 called the “Straight A Fund Grant.” The focus of the grant was to increase the technological resources and to promote college and career readiness opportunities to students in the 21st century. The school then decided to implement a 1:1 Initiative at the start of the 2014/15 school year. Students in grades five - 12 were given access to the use of Chromebooks for the school day and to allow students in grades seven - 12 the privilege of taking the device home nightly. The school also purchased for K - fourth grade mobile iPads, Dell laptops, and Learn Pad tablets/labs and installed a Macintosh computer lab in order to increase students’ capabilities to utilize multiple technological tools and resources. Smart technology was installed in 32 classrooms to support the