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New Lakota Schools Superintendent Karen Mantia: Karen Mantia talk during meeting after being haird as new school superintendent for Lakota Schools
Lakota Local Schools' acting superintendent Ron Spurlock (left) shakes hand with new superintendent Karen Mantia.
Mantia starts work on Aug. 1. / The Enquirer/Ernest Coleman
Karen Mantia - the former superintendent of Pickerington Schools in Fairfield County, southeast of Columbus - starts work on Aug. 1 in leading Ohio's seventh largest school system and one of the area's most academically proficient districts."Lakota's reputation is statewide and I want to make sure the district prospers and continues that high quality reputation," Mantia - the former superintendent at Hamilton County's Sycamore Schools - told the Lakota school board during a special public meeting.She replaces Lakota Interim Superintendent Ron Spurlock, who took over after Mike Taylor retired in January from holding the office since 2006.
The board agreed to a five-year contract and Mantia's annual salary will be $165,000.
Member Ben Dibble, who oversaw the board's search, said Mantia is "analytic and bases her decisions on data."
Mantia, 59, was Pickerington's superintendent from 2007 and prior to that held the top job at Piqua, Ohio, schools for one year.She began her public schools' career in 1976 at Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, as a teacher.She comes from a Pickerington district that has suffered budget cuts similar to those that have hit Lakota this year.
Lakota school board members will now turn their attention to deciding whether to place a tax hike on the November ballot and if they do, Mantia will be the lead figure in the district's campaign to convince residents to open their wallets.
It's been a tough sell so far, with voters rejecting two proposed Lakota operating levies in 2010.
Mantia has a doctorate in education from the University of Sarasota in Florida and master's degree in education from Wright State University.She is also the winner of the 2011 Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.
Karen Mantia, 59, of the Pickerington Local Schools, said her goal is to help the district prosper and keep its highly valued reputation despite tough economic times.
"There isn't any school district in the state of Ohio that isn't challenged by the economy," she said.
"Schools are going to have to take a look at how business is done."
Mantia, who has a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Sarasota, said she anticipates attending a work session with the board at the end of June when it will decide if it will place a levy on the November ballot.She tendered her resignation Thursday with the Pickerington Board of Education, where she earned $144,000 according to the Buckeye Institute.
Under her new five-year contract, Mantia will earn $165,000.
Mantia, who will be Lakota's seventh superintendent, spent the majority of her career at her Alma mater, Northmont City Schools, where she was a teacher and held various administrative positions including assistant superintendent.In 2000, she became superintendent at Sycamore Community Schools.After retiring there, she accepted a position at Piqua City Schools in August of 2006, but resigned in March of 2007 to take a position at Pickerington Local Schools.
At that same Special Meeting on April 9, the Piqua Board will approve the resignation of Dr. Karen Mantia as superintendent, effective April 13.
Mantia is leaving Piqua to serve as superintendent for Pickerington schools, outside Columbus.
Dr. Karen Mantia, Superintendent, said, "The hallmark of Conley's service is his availability, openness to ideas and opportunities, and constant striving to provide students and staff with the best technology equipment and network systems possible."
Dr. Karen Mantia, superintendent of the Piqua City Schools, is Managing Director.
Following dinner prepared by the district's Food Service staff, and entertainment by PHS vocalists, Dr. Karen Mantia, Superintendent since August 2, introduced special guests, Board of Education members, former staff and administrators, and then staff new to the district in the past year.
The Piqua City Schools Board of Education, following a three-month search process, will officially announce on Monday, May 8, the selection of Dr. Karen Mantia for the superintendent's position, and act on a contract to begin August 2, 2006 and run through July 31, 2009, at an annual salary of $117,000.
She intends to relocate to the Piqua City School District.
The Board will take official action on Mantia's contract at a 4:30 p.m. Special Meeting Monday, May 8, in the Board meeting room, 719 E. Ash Street, Piqua.
She is expected to be present at the meeting and will be available, as will Board members, to interact with those in attendance following the meeting.
Mantia currently serves as superintendent of Sycamore Community Schools in the Cincinnati area, a district with 5,600+ students and staff of more than 800 that has earned the highest rating, "Excellent," from the Ohio Department of Education for six consecutive years.
During her tenure at Sycamore, the district completed a $48 million bond-renovation of facilities and new construction projects, revamped district technology, implemented standards-driven curriculum, and developed both a district strategic plan and a management/financial plan.
Prior to the top job in Sycamore, Mantia spent 16 years in the Northmont City School District in Englewood as teacher, assistant high school principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent.She serves as an adjunct professor at Wright State University, and on the Advisory Boards of the University of Cincinnati and Wright State University. Piqua enrolls 3,800 students, with a staff numbering just under 400.
The Board of Education emphasized throughout the search process its interest in leadership to improve student achievement and the district's standing in the state rating system.
Mantia will succeed Superintendent Jerry Clark, who retires July 31 after 16 years at the helm of the Piqua City Schools and 35 years in public education.
Dr. Mantia has spent 28 years working in the field of education.She began her career as a an educator in Dayton City Schools and later taught high school social studies in Northmont City Schools, where she served as chairman of the social studies department.She enjoyed interacting with students and staff and revising curriculum, and her favorite courses were government, criminal law and world history.After nine years in the classroom, Dr. Mantia was named assistant principal at Northmont High School, a 2,000-student comprehensive high school.She served in that capacity for five years until being named director of curriculum for Northmont City Schools, a position in which she oversaw instructional and curricular development for grades K-12.She was then promoted to assistant superintendent for instruction and learning and served in that position for eight years.In September 2000, Dr. Mantia accepted the position of superintendent of Sycamore Community Schools.Dr. Mantia is a member of Leadership Cincinnati, Class of XXVI, and of American Association of School Administrators and Buckeye Association of School Administrations.She serves on the advisory boards of Wright State University's School of Graduate Education and of the University of Cincinnati/Raymond Walters College.
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