The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education will accept the superintendent’s request for medical leave to ensure that the students and staff of one of Ohio’s largest school districts are well supported and that learning will continue during her absence.
Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia’s request for Family Medical / Medical Leave, beginning Wednesday, August 24, will be approved at a special board meeting to be scheduled soon. The board will also officially appoint Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann to serve as Acting Superintendent during her absence.
“Lakota Local Schools is one of Ohio’s top school districts. We plan to see that tradition of excellence continue,” stated Board of Education President Lynda O’Connor. “While it is unfortunate that Dr. Mantia must take a leave of absence, we are fortunate to have strong leaders to continue our progress and tackle what challenges lie ahead of us. Our focus will continue to be on providing a quality education for our students, supporting our staff in their work, and building upon the great relationship we have with our community.”
Mantia was hired to lead the district beginning on August 1, 2011. In October 2015, the board extended her five-year contract through July 31, 2017.
“The board wishes Dr. Mantia all the best during her medical leave. She has been a strong leader for our community and our schools,” noted O’Connor. “We have great confidence in Robb Vogelmann. His familiarity with Lakota, as both a long-time parent and staff leader, demonstrates his investment in our community and our schools. Mr. Vogelmann has the skills to step into this leadership role and continue moving the district forward.”