New Lakota East High School principal named to replace official on administrative leave




The Lakota East High School principal vacancy created by the pending reassignment of the former principal who is on administrative leave has been filled, according to district officials.

In May, the Journal-News was the first to report Lakota East High School Principal Yejide Mack was ordered on paid leave by district officials.

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Officials said a former Lakota East associate principal, Rob Burnside, will become Lakota East’s principal.

Burnside, who was principal of New Richmond High School in Clermont County during the recently completed school year, was also a former assistant principal with Kings High School.

Prior to his stint as an administrator at Kings, Burnside spent nine years as an English teacher at Lakota East.

In a statement sent to Lakota East school families, staff and students, Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller, wrote: “Mr. Burnside has shared with us that his priorities for the new school year will focus on: Building a connected community; creating an energized, positive culture; empowering a diverse and personalized academic experience and communicating relentlessly with staff, students and families,” said Miller.

Earlier this month Miller said Mack would be reassigned to another position in the district.

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When Lakota Spokeswoman Betsy Fuller was asked Wednesday as to the status of Mack’s reassignment, she said: “With Dr. Mack still on administrative leave, I do not have any information to share at this time.”

Burnside, who will start his employment with Lakota on Aug. 1, said he was at Lakota East when it opened in and is thrilled to return.

“As an original Thunderhawk (school’s mascot) who was there when the building opened in 1997, I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead a place that has meant so much to me in my professional career, said Burnside.

Mack was finishing up her first year as a principal of Lakota East, which is one of the largest high schools in Ohio, prior to being ordered on leave.

Miller’s statement concluded: “I want to thank you for your continued support of our district through a very challenging year. I am proud of our staff throughout Lakota whose dedication to our students made it possible for us to hold in-person school as well as offer a virtual learning option.”