Lakota Local Schools, Ohio

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Lakota Local Schools
Liberty Township, Ohio
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District Profile
Superintendent:Karen Mantia
Enrollment:16,866
Graduation rate:93.8%
Number of schools:22
Budget: $153 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Joan Powell
Board members:5
Term length:4
Lakota Local School District is a school district in Ohio that served 16,866 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the seventh largest by enrollment in the state of Ohio. Lakota Local Schools was created by the merger of Union Township and Liberty Township Schools in 1970.[1]

About the district

Lakota Local Schools is located in Butler County, Ohio
Lakota Local Schools in Liberty Township is located in Butler County, which is situated in southwestern Ohio. The county's population was 368,130 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]

Demographics

Butler County outperforms the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 26.5% of Butler County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Butler County had a median income of $55,497 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Butler County was 12.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Butler County (%) Ohio (%)
White 87.2 82.7
Black or African American 7.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 2.6 1.7
Two or More Races 2.0 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.2 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 36.5 61.7
2008 37.9 60.5
2004 33.7 65.9
2000 33.9 63.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools is Karen Mantia. She has served in the position since July 2011 after replacing Interim Superintendent Ron Spurlock. Mantia previously served as the Superintendent of Pickerington Schools. She earned an annual salary of $165,000 during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]

School board

The Lakota Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. The district allows board members to participate in the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) as well as a group health insurance plan. Members can also be reimbursed for training sessions and conferences approved by the district.[6]

Lakota Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Todd Parnell 2017
Lynda O'Connor 2015
Ben Dibble 2017
Ray Murray 2017
Julia Shaffer 2015

School board elections

See also: Lakota Local Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Lakota Board of Education are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Budget

Lakota Local Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $110,171,577 54.1% $9,219,426 4.5% $68,317,479 33.6% $14,958,848 7.4% $805,733 0.4% $203,473,063
Averages: $110,171,577 54% $9,219,426 5% $68,317,479 34% $14,958,848 7% $805,733 0% $203,473,063

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Lakota Local Schools earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The district pays a minimum annual salary of $37,492 for teachers with Bachelor's degrees and $41,241 for Master's holders. The 2011-2012 salary schedule capped salaries at $61,674 for Bachelor's holders and $75,546 for teachers with Master's degrees. The maximum salary caps annual pay increases after 30 years of service in the district.[8]

Unions

The Lakota Education Association (LEA) represents district teachers in negotiations with the district. The LEA is currently led by Sharon Mays.[9]

Schools in district

Lakota Local Schools operates 22 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Lakota Local Schools
Adena Elementary
Cherokee Elementary
Creekside Early Childhood School
Endeavor Elementary
Freedom Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Hopewell Elementary
Hopewell Junior School
Independence Elementary
Lakota East Freshman Campus
Lakota East High School
Lakota West Freshman Campus
Lakota West High School
Liberty Early Childhood School
Liberty Junior School
Plains Junior School
Ridge Junior School
Shawnee Early Childhood School
Union Elementary
VanGorden Elementary
Woodland Elementary
Wyandot Early Childhood School

Academic performance

The Ohio Department of Education issues an annual report card for each district based on scores from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. This testing process assesses the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 10 and 11 complete the Ohio Graduation Test to not only assess proficiency but demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.[11][12]

Lakota Local Schools received a B on the state's Performance Index and an A in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 90.7% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district met proficiency levels in 100% of performance indicators from grades 3 through 11. The following tables detail results from the Performance Index and Indicators Met sections in the 2012-2013 district report card.[13]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus 0.1
Advanced 37.4
Accelerated 28.5
Proficient 24.7
Basic 6.6
Limited 2.7
Untested -

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Lakota Local Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 90.7 92.4 81.4
4 94.5 95.3 87.7
5 86.1 88.7 74.2
6 94 93.5 82.9
7 92.5 91.9 81
8 94.6 94.1 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Lakota Local Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 87.9 89.8 78.5
4 89.4 90.3 77.7
5 87.2 84.8 68.7
6 89.6 89.1 75.1
7 89.9 87.6 73.3
8 90.9 89.7 77

Contact information

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Lakota Board of Education
5572 Princeton Road
Liberty Township, Ohio 45011-9726
Phone: (513) 874-5505

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites


This website was most recently evaluated on March 7, 2013.

The good

  • Board of Education members are published, including contact phone and email.[14]
  • Board of Education meetings are posted and include meeting places and times; agendas and minutes are archived for at least twelve years[15] Video on demand provides access to Board meetings online.[16]
  • The Board of Education policies are published.[6]
  • Administrative officials (with contact information) are published by department.[17] The Superintendent is listed along with contact information as well[18]
  • The budget is published.[19]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is published and includes reports back to 2008.[19]
  • Tax policy and revenue sources are explained.[20]
  • Contracts are published including the LEA and LSSA contracts; salary schedules are listed within these documents.[21] Currently open bids are posted along with instructions for vendors[22]
  • School District Report Card, including Performance Index and information on graduation rates, is published.[13]
  • Background check and licensure information is published.[23]
  • Information on the Public Records policy is posted, including directions, fee amounts, and an email link to submit a request. The Treasurer is listed as the public records officer.[24]
  • District News and Events are relevant and useful.

The bad

  • Tax rates are not listed.
  • Budgets are not archived for at least the past three years.
  • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors.

See also

External links

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References

  1. Lakota Local Schools, "History of Lakota," accessed September 19, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Butler County," accessed September 19, 2013
  3. Butler County Board of Elections, "Archives," accessed September 17, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Cincinnati.com, "Lakota board approves new superintendent," June 16, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lakota Local Schools, "Board Policies," accessed September 19, 2013
  7. Lakota Local Schools, "Perm FY2013 Appropriation Resolution," accessed December 3, 2013
  8. Ohio Education Association, "Salary Data since 2001," accessed September 19, 2013
  9. Lakota Education Association, "Local Leadership," accessed September 19, 2013
  10. Lakota Local Schools, "Schools," accessed September 19, 2013
  11. Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
  12. Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Lakota Local Schools," accessed September 19, 2013
  14. Lakota Local Schools, "Board Members," accessed March 7th, 2013
  15. Lakota Local Schools, "Board Meetings," accessed March 7th 2013
  16. Lakota Local Schools, "Videos," accessed March 7th, 2013
  17. Lakota Local Schools, "Departments," accessed March 7th, 2013
  18. Lakota Local Schools, "Superintendent," accessed March 7th, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Lakota Local Schools, "Treasurer's Department," accessed September 19, 2013
  20. Lakota Local Schools, "School Funding," accessed March 7th, 2013
  21. Lakota Local Schools, "Employment," accessed March 7th, 2013
  22. Lakota Local Schools, "Current Bid Options," accessed March 7th, 2013
  23. -7 Lakota Local Schools, "Licensure Process," accessed March 7th, 2013
  24. Lakkota Local Schools, "Public Records Request," accessed March 7th, 2013