Unanimously appointed by the board, Pearl will be sworn in at the board’s next meeting during its Sept. 28 work session.
“I’m looking forward to sitting down and going over the strategic plan. I want to learn as much as I can,” he said.
The enthusiasm was shared by his soon-to-be-fellow board members.
“We are excited to have Mr. Pearl join us in serving our students, staff, families and community,” said board President Brad Lovell. “He brings a deep dedication through community service and volunteerism, in addition to life experiences that will add tremendous value to our governing board.”
Pearl is Lakota’s second Black board member since the once-rural district, which is now the largest suburban school system in southwest Ohio, was created in the late 1950s.
He is a graduate of Wyoming High School and of Miami University Hamilton.
Pearl, who also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty and coached for the district for almost 10 years, is looking toward the future.
“I like to be very optimistic,” he said. “I know that we are in challenging times in a lot of ways. My agenda is to keep the kids first and to support (Superintendent) Matt (Miller), the administrators and teachers to keep the district moving forward.”
He will finish Parnell’s remaining term through Dec. 31, 2021. If Pearl is to serve a full, four-year term on the board, he’ll have to win election in November 2021.
“I can’t guarantee I will run in the future but I won’t block that option out either,” he said.