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Lakota Board of Education

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Back row - Todd Parnell, President Julie Shaffer and Vice-President Brad Lovell. Front row  - Kelley Casper and Lynda O'Connor.

Lakota Local Schools is governed by a five-member board that hires and evaluates a superintendent of schools and a treasurer of the board. The board's duties include the following:
  • Adopting an annual budget and appropriation measures.
  • Exercising its taxing power to provide funds for the operation of the district.
  • Considering and passing upon the recommendations of the superintendent in all matters of policy, appointment or dismissal of employees, salary schedules or other personnel regulations, courses of study, selection of textbooks, or other matters pertaining to the welfare of schools.
  • Informing the public concerning the progress and needs of the schools, and to solicit and weigh public opinion as it affects the schools.

Board members are elected at large for four-year terms. A member may serve unlimited consecutive terms. Board members are elected according to a schedule that staggers their term expiration dates. Officers serve a term of one year, and may be re-elected. The Board sets meeting dates in January for the entire calendar year.


Board Members

photo of Julie ShafferJulie Shaffer

Julie Shaffer began serving on the School Board in January 2012. She has educated herself extensively on Ohio public school funding, and shared that information with the community through a “School Funding 101” presentation she co-created.  Prior to serving on the Board, she served on the Lakota Finance Committee, an advisory committee composed of community members. She also has served as treasurer of the Lakota District Parent Council and as an officer of a number of parent-teacher organizations throughout the district.

A resident of West Chester, Julie and her husband, Bill, have three children. She is a volunteer at her children’s schools: Endeavor Elementary and Lakota West High School. Their oldest daughter is a Lakota West graduate and attends The Ohio State University.

Julie earned a bachelor of arts in economics with a minor in finance from Colby College in Maine, and has completed half of her MBA coursework. Her family moved to the Lakota area from Columbus in 2004. With 23 years of experience in benefits and finance, she is a licensed employee benefits representative.

Julie currently serves on the Community Engagement and Diversity Committees.

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photo of Brad LovellBrad Lovell

Brad Lovell, a lifelong community member and former school administrator in Lakota, is serving his first term on the Lakota Board of Education.

A member of the first graduating class at Lakota East High School, Brad resides in West Chester Township with his wife Kristin and young daughter Isabella who will attend Lakota in the near future. Brad currently leads global partnership work for Crossroads Church where he works to develop and aid partners to provide transformative support to those need in South Africa, India and Nicaragua. 

He holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Miami University with a Masters degree in school administration from Wright State University.

Brad serves on the Policy and Legislative Committees.

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photo of Kelley CasperKelley Casper

Kelley Casper, a long-time community member, is serving her first term on the Lakota Board of Education.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Kelley is a former first and second grade teacher. She has been a dedicated volunteer with Lakota Schools, including roles as PTO and PTA president in several schools. Kelley has also served on numerous committees at the district level, including District Parent Council, strategic planning, redistricting and levy committees since 2005. Kelley has been actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty and has been a co-chair for two fundraisers benefiting the organization.

Kelley and her husband Darrin live in Liberty Township. They have two children, both graduates of Lakota East High School. Claire is a senior at the University of Cincinnati and Daniel is a sophomore at The Ohio State University. 

Kelley serves on the Community Engagement and Finance Committees.

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photo of Lynda O'ConnorLynda O’Connor

Lynda O’Connor has been serving Lakota Schools and her community as a member of the Board of Education since 2008. In addition to Lakota, Lynda has also served on the Butler Tech school board and was named a Master Board Member by the Ohio School Board Association in 2017.

Lynda is actively involved in supporting the community through a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the president and board chair for C3: Caring Community Collaborative. Other community involvement includes the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance, UCBMA, Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council, Butler County United Way Campaign Cabinet, Community First Solutions Board, Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty, Rotary, and the Faith Alliance of Southwest Ohio, where she serves as vice president.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Lynda and her husband have lived in the Lakota district since 1991. They are the proud parents of two sons, both Lakota graduates. Both sons continued their education at The Ohio State University, their oldest is a graduate, while their youngest son is a current student.

Lynda obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from Elmhurst College and her Master of Education (Special Education) from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.She is a member of the Ohio School Board Association Southwest Regional Executive Committee, and serves as one of two Ohio Congressional District 8 representatives to the NSBA Federal Relations Network advocating on educational issues at the state and federal level. Lynda is also a Junior Achievement Board member and is involved with the Ohio Township Association.

Lynda currently serves on the Lakota Finance and Legislative Committees, as well as the Ohio School Boards Association Legislative Liaison and as the Lakota representative to the Butler Tech Board of Education. 

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photo of Todd ParnellTodd Parnell

Todd Parnell, a Division President with a 30-year background in corporate business, is serving his second term on the Lakota Board of Education after winning re-election this past November.

Todd manages the Midwest and Eastern Operations of New Jersey-based Activate/DisplayWorks, and also has experience in providing marketing and communication solutions to companies worldwide. He holds a B.A. in Management from DePaul University and an M.B.A. from the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University.

Todd has lived in the Lakota School District for 24 years. He has children attending Heritage Elementary and Plains Junior Schools.

He serves on the Policy and Diversity Committees.

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