EXCLUSIVE: 16 apply for Lakota superintendent job

The candidates to be the next leader of Lakota Local Schools include some school superintendents from Hamilton and Clermont counties.

According to résumés — obtained exclusively by the Journal-News through an Ohio Public Records request — the 16 candidates to be the next leader of Ohio’s eighth largest school system and the largest suburban district in Southwest Ohio consist largely of school administrators from other Ohio school systems, though some are from Michigan, Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Florida.

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The pool of candidates — in alphabetical order — applying to be the next superintendent of Lakota Local Schools are:

  • Joel D. Anderson, superintendent of Reading Schools in Hamilton County
  • Thomas S. Bailey, assistant superintendent, Three Rivers Schools in Hamilton County
  • Adam C. Bird, superintendent New Richmond Schools in Clermont County
  • Matthew W. Chrispin, superintendent Fredericktown Schools Fredericktown, Ohio
  • James G. Detwiler, assistant superintendent for learning support, Boone County Schools, Florence, Kentucky
  • Martha Haselbusch, superintendent, South Central Schools, Greenwich, Ohio
  • Robert J. Humble, superintendent, Fairbanks Local Schools, Milford Center, Ohio
  • Scott J. Hunt, superintendent, Cardinal Schools, Middlefield, Ohio
  • Keith Kline, superintendent, West Clermont Schools, Clermont County, Ohio
  • Carl R. Metzger, assistant superintendent, South-Western Schools, Maria Stein, Ohio
  • Kimberly Pietsch Miller, chief academic officer, Dublin Schools, Dublin, Ohio
  • Scott D. Nelson, superintendent, Sylvania Schools, Sylvania, Ohio
  • Paul Schlottman, executive director & superintendent, Career & Success Academy Network of Schools, South Bend, Indiana
  • Steven C. Skalka, superintendent, East China Schools, East China, Michigan
  • Jason Spencer, principal, The Villages Charter School, The Villages, Florida
  • Robb Vogelmann, acting superintendent, Lakota Local Schools, West Chester and Liberty townships

Vogelmann, who was appointed to the acting superintendent role after Karen Mantia was granted medical leave from the job, is not the only candidate with experience in Lakota Schools.

Kline is a former high school principal at Lakota East.

“Over the last couple months, we have been working diligently to attract the best possible pool of candidates,” Lakota Board of Education President Ben Dibble said. “It is critical that Lakota’s next leader have the best combination of skills to continue moving this district forward.”

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The board plans to meet in executive session Thursday, Jan. 26, which Ohio school law allows when districts are discussing personnel decisions.

Board leaders have said they want to hire a new superintendent in March. The new superintendent for the 16,500-student district would begin working Aug. 1.

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