You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Lakota Schools taking applications for superintendent

Applications are being accepted for Lakota Local Schools’ next superintendent, who will begin serving in the 2017-18 school year.

The state’s eighth-largest school district, with more than 16,500 students in Liberty and West Chester townships, posted a notice on Facebook on Thursday with links to a brochure about the district and an application form.

Base pay for the chosen person, who will oversee more than 1,650 teachers and support staff, “is expected to be $155,000 to $180,000 but is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications,” according to the district’s announcement.

After Superintendent Karen Mantia was granted medical leave from the position in late August, as first reported by this media outlet, Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann was named acting superintendent. Mantia was in the final year of her contract.

The firm of K-12 Business Consulting, based in the Columbus suburb of New Albany, is helping the district with the search. Applications are due Jan. 13, and school officials want the person to take office on or before Aug. 1.

The district’s board of education asked residents for their input on what they wanted in the next superintendent. Feedback came from 13 meetings and questionnaires that more than 150 people filled out.

Experience as a superintendent and holding of a doctoral degree are both preferred but not required.

Aside from someone with high personal and professional standards — along with integrity and high ethical standards — here are some of the qualities the announcement states are sought in the district’s next leader:

  • “Visionary and innovative skills along with an ability to create and articulate a vision with input from internal and external stakeholders,” along with the ability to implement such plans;
  • A chief executive “who will keep the board fully informed and current with matters about the schools, one who will forge a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect and can unify district leadership;”
  • Someone willing “to become an active and contributing member of the school community and be comfortable with high visibility in the schools and the community while being accessible;”
  • A good spokesperson who can “publicly celebrate and market the successes of the school district, and instill trust and unity in the community and at all staff levels by being approachable and collaborative”; and
  • A decisive educator with a strong background in building student achievement, who can develop and support teachers and administrators, who can improve the district’s state report card and student performance, and also “finds satisfaction in the success of others.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Air Care called to motorcycle crash in Ross Twp.
Air Care called to motorcycle crash in Ross Twp.

Air Care medical helicopter has been called to respond to a motorcycle crash that has traffic slowed on Ohio 126 in Ross Twp. The crash was reported between a motorcycle and a truck at 6:30 a.m. on the state route near Jennifer Drive. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
Buckeye Road Trips launches Dayton wine tour
Buckeye Road Trips launches Dayton wine tour

With a slogan of “It’s Okay to Wine on Mondays,” Buckeye Road Trips has announced it will expand beyond its Dayton-area brewery tours to include a “Monday Uncorked” wine-tasting tour, starting next Monday, May 1. The tour will make stops at Deaf Monty’s Wine and Coco’s Bistro in Dayton, Buckeye Road Trips founder...
7 things to know now: Man kills daughter on Facebook Live; ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules arrested; sanctuary cities
7 things to know now: Man kills daughter on Facebook Live; ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules arrested; sanctuary cities

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now: 1. Man kills daughter on Facebook Live: A man in Thailand murdered his infant daughter, broadcasting the crime on Facebook Live Tuesday. Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, hanged his 11-month-old daughter before killing himself. His death was not broadcast on the social media...
5 quotes that make us love Dave Chappelle even more
5 quotes that make us love Dave Chappelle even more

Twelve years ago, Dave Chappelle walked away from his hit Comedy Central Series and left Hollywood for a quiet life right here in Yellow Springs. Some of us who call the Dayton area home have gotten excited at a “Chappelle sighting” in the village during those years. But for most of the rest of the world, he essentially disappeared. But...
7 reasons not to miss Dayton GeekFest
7 reasons not to miss Dayton GeekFest

This Friday, the third annual GeekFest takes over the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. Geekfest is always a special night, a celebration of fandom and all things nerdy. We talked to Jason Heaton, Assistant Director of Astronomy for Boonshoft and GeekFest organizer about why you should attend this “growing comic con with a science bent.&rdquo...
More Stories