Two newcomers — Kelley Casper and Brad Lovell (pictured) — will join incumbent Todd Parnell on the five-member Lakota school board, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.
2 newcomers win seats on Lakota school board
Updated Nov 07, 2017
By Michael D. Clark
Two political newcomers will be joining the governing board of Ohio’s eighth largest school system.
Former Lakota school principal Brad Lovell and Kelley Casper won seats and incumbent Todd Parnell appears to have edged out incumbent Ray Murray.
Current Lakota Board of Education member Lynda O’Connor didn’t win a West Chester Twp. Trustee seat and will remain on the board, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.
Casper was the leading vote-getter with 23 percent of votes and Lovell garnered 22 percent.
Former Lakota student Lovell — a native of West Chester Twp. — won a board seat in his first try at publicly elected office.
“It feels good to be back home and I think the community wins because we have a board that will take the district to the next level,” he said.
The election of Lovell marks a first in the modern era for the 16,500-student district by having a former Lakota school principal on the board.
Earlier this year, Lakota officials announced the school system’s cash projections have it operating without a deficit until 2020 — and given adequate funding from the state and other favorable variables — may be able to sustain its current solvency to 2026.
If O’Connor had won election to the township trustees, the board would have had to appoint a new member to fill the remaining two years of her four-year term.
Casper, Lovell and Parnell’s four-year terms will begin with their swearing in during the board’s meeting in early January, joining O’Connor and member Julie Shaffer.
Current Board President Ben Dibble did not seek re-election.