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Lakota Board of Education

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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.

Pictured - Seated left to right: President Kelley Casper and Brad Lovell; Standing left to right: Lynda O'Connor, Vice President Michael Pearl and Julie Shaffer.

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Board Members

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Kelley 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 2013 graduate of Lakota East, lives in Oakley and is a legal assistant in a downtown law firm. Daniel graduated from Lakota East in 2016 and will graduate in December 2021 from The Ohio State University. 

Kelley serves on the Community Engagement, Legislative and Safety Committees, and is the OSBA Legislative Liaison and Voting Delegate.

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Michael Pearl photoMichael Pearl

Vice President

The Lakota Board of Education unanimously appointed Michael Pearl to the school board at its Sept. 14 meeting. 

A Lakota parent and resident of Liberty Township, Pearl has been the Recreation Center Director for the St. Monica’s Recreation Center through the Sisters of Transfiguration since 2011. He is also the pastor at the New Day Baptist Church in Lincoln Heights. He and his wife, Bridgette, have been married for 23 years and have two children, Jasmyn and MJ, both graduates of Lakota East High School.

Pearl, who also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty and coached for the district for almost 10 years, is looking forward to working with his fellow board members to make the best decisions for students and to keep the district moving forward.

Michael serves on the Facilities, Safety and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees.

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Bard Lovell photoBrad 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 daughters, Isabella and Georgia. Isabella attends Lakota kindergarten.

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, Facilities, Safety and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees.

Contact information:
(513) 443-4371


Lynda O'Connor photoLynda 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 Junior Achievement, Butler County Children and Family First Council, Butler County Suicide Prevention Coalition, West Chester Chamber Alliance, UCBMA, Boy Scouts of America, Northern Cincinnati Foundation, Butler County United Way Campaign Cabinet, Community First Solutions Board, Rotary and the Faith Alliance of Southwest Ohio.

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 earned 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 president-elect of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) 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.

In 2021, Lynda received the OSBA's highest honor, the All-Ohio School Board award and was recognized for her outstanding service by the OSBA Southwest Region as a recipient of the Al Kettlewell Award.

Lynda currently serves on the Community Engagement, Finance/Business Advisory, Legislative and Safety Committees. She is also the OSBA Capital Conference Delegate alternate.

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Julie Shaffer photoJulie 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, Julie 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 Plains Junior School, where her son attends. Their daughters attend 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 Policy, Finance/Business Advisory and Safety Committees, as well as the Lakota representative for the Butler Tech Career and Development Schools. She also serves on the Edge Teen Center Board.

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All About Your School Board

Have you ever wondered what a school board actually does? This short video explains the role of the Lakota Board of Education.

Video Series:
Meet the Board

Lakota Local Schools is excited to introduce our community to the members of the Board of Education through our 'Meet the Board' video series. Learn more about each of the five members through these short two-minute videos.

Click here to view all the entire video series.