Dr. Karen Mantia
Lakota Local School District
, Butler County â€" At its June 16 Special Meeting, the Lakota Board of Education
unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Karen Mantia
as the districtâ€™s new superintendent. â€œDr.
Mantia is a transformational leader with a unique combination of skills and experience to lead our district; a proven track record of academic success, in-depth knowledge of finance and business operations, and building strong community support for the schools,â€ said Ben Dibble, Board Vice President and Search Committee Chair. â€œShe is truly the CEO we were looking for to lead this district through our challenges and to realize our opportunities.â€ Mantia will transition to the district in July, and plans to begin full time in early August.
is looking forward to joining the district and understands the issues facing students, parents, educators, and the community at large. â€œIâ€™m honored to be selected and believe that through a clear vision, community involvement, and collaboration, we can manage the fiscal challenges facing Lakota and continue the excellent academic results.
We will build on the districtâ€™s successes and advance the 21st century learning experience for the children.â€
Mantia has been superintendent of Pickerington Local Schools, with 10,500 students and nearly 1,000 district employees, for the past four years, and previously served as superintendent of Piqua City Schools and Sycamore Community Schools.
At both Pickerington and Sycamore
guided each district from a Continuous Improvement to Excellent or Excellent with Distinction rating on the stateâ€™s report card.
Recently, Dr. Mantia
was the recipient of Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
2011 Superintendent of Outstanding Performance Award.
The Pickerington Chamber also recognized Mantia
leadership in the community and awarded her
the ATHENA Award, recognizing womens business leadership in the community.
selection, Chamber President Mayle lauded Mantia
for involvement in the community and said â€œHer commitment to innovation, fiscal responsibility, academic achievement and social engagement has been the foundation of each and every success in her
Also, Mantia has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University.
Mantia earned her bachelor and masterâ€™s degrees at Wright State University, and her doctor of education at University of Sarasota, Florida.
will begin her
new role August 1.
annual salary is set at $165,000.
Vice President Dibble said â€œThis salary is competitive with market data for a comparable large and complex Ohio public school district.
In our community dialogue that consisted of focus groups, surveying and conversations, we heard that around 80% of the respondents wished to see a leader compensated at the market rate.â€
was selected from 25 applications received from over 350 people contacted by the search firm.