And O’Connor, who first took office in 2008, is the first board member from a Butler County school system to win since Edward Bosse, Jr. of Ross Schools was recognized in 2016.
“Working to advocate for a strong public education system that prepares our students for the future has been a major priority for me at the local, state and national level during my 21-years of collective board experience with Lakota and Butler Tech,” she said.
“The future of our nation depends on the success of our entire educational system to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to meet their fullest potential.”
O’Connor — and four other board members — oversee the 17,000-student Lakota Schools, which is the largest suburban district in southwest Ohio and the ninth most populous school system in the state.
In October, she also won the OSBA Southwest Region’s 2021 Al Kettlewell Award. The award, named after a former educational leader in the region, is given to a board member to honor their outstanding service.
O’Connor is also president-elect of the Ohio School Board Association Southwest Regional Executive Committee and serves as one of two Ohio Congressional District 8 representatives to the National School Boards Association Federal Relations Network.
O’Connor, who began serving on Lakota’s Board of Education in 2008, is actively involved in supporting West Chester and Liberty townships, which comprise the school system’s enrollment area.
Lakota Board of Education President Kelley Casper said O’Connor is more than deserving.
“This is a prestigious award and we are glad that all of Mrs. O’Connor’s time and dedication to Lakota has been recognized at the state level,” said Casper. “Unwavering support from board members like Mrs. O’Connor is what makes Lakota strong.”