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.
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.
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.
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.
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.