Lakota Fills October with Community Conversations

Lakota Fills October with Community Conversations
Posted on 10/10/2016
Community Conversations

Community Conversations” continues into its fifth year, giving parents, residents and business owners a venue for providing input to district leaders on the future direction of Lakota Schools.

A hundred-plus meetings over the years have covered such topics as career-based education, character development, parent engagement, gifted services, diversity and more. Most are conducted in an open-ended format, letting participants take the discussion in the direction of the group’s interests and passions.

This month kicks off a series of meetings, designed specifically to get input on the qualities, traits and experience different stakeholders would like to see in a new leader of Lakota Schools. Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia is currently on medical leave, but the search process was scheduled to begin this fall in anticipation of this being the final year of her contract.

“Hearing from our community about what they see as important in the next superintendent and for the future of the district will help to develop the profile of the kind of person we're looking for and set us up for a search process that will begin later this school year,” said Lakota Board president Lynda O’Connor.

Mark your calendar for any one of this month’s Community Conversations. Although some specify audiences, all are open to the public.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 @ 10 a.m.
    Topic: New Superintendent Search
    Host: Lakota’s District Parent Council and President’s Council
    Location: Lakota Central Office (5572 Princeton Rd., Liberty Twp.)
  • Friday, Oct. 14 @ 11:30 a.m.
    Topic: New Superintendent Search
    Host: West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance
    Location: Chamber’s Office (8922 Beckett Rd., West Chester)
  • Monday, Oct. 17 @ 7:15 p.m.
    Host: Lakota West Boosters
    Location: Lakota West High School (8940 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 @ 7 p.m.
    Topic: New Superintendent Search
    Audience: Lakota administrators
    Location: Lakota Central Office (5572 Princeton Rd., Liberty Twp.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 @ 6:30 p.m.
    Host: Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty
    Location: Boys & Girls Club (4845 Smith Rd., West Chester)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 @ 6:30 p.m.
    Topic: New Superintendent Search
    Audience: All Lakota staff
    Location: Lakota’s Central Office (5572 Princeton Rd. Liberty Twp.)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 @ 6:30 p.m.
    Host: Reach Out Lakota
    Location: West Chester Presbyterian Church (8930 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., West Chester)        

Click here to watch a video with reactions from Lakota’s board members about the value of this program to their daily decision-making.

Visit the Community Conversations webpage for a complete schedule of upcoming meetings and other resources.