Partners in Success
Lakota’s community partnerships include a number of agencies and organizations that allow Lakota Schools to provide education and services that would otherwise be difficult for an individual school district to offer. Some of those partners include:
Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC)
Head Start, Help Me Grow, and Butler County MRDD
School districts are required under our Operating Standards for Ohio's Schools serving children with disabilities to enter into inter-agency agreements with Head Start programs, the Department of Health, and the Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
For us in Butler County, that means inter-agency agreements with Butler County ESC's Head Start and Help Me Grow, and Butler County MRDD. These agreements are critical to our school district because of our responsibility to serve children with disabilities from birth through age 21. We rely on these agencies for their work and cooperation in the identification, and parts of the evaluation, of children up through three years old; the transition of the children to public school programs at age three; and in the case of MRDD, the actual provisioning of preschool services (they provide Lakota with two preschool teachers and two instructional aides).
Also, as a “local” school district (instead of a “city” or “exempted
village” school district), Lakota’s curriculum is overseen by the BCESC. Several administrators and staff in
the Curriculum & Instruction Department are actually ESC employees, as are
the truant officers; this provides support at a lower cost to Lakota. Click here to learn more about the Butler County Educational Service Center.
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools (Butler Tech)
The joint vocational school district serves hundreds of Lakota students each year, both at Lakota schools and at the D. Russel Lee Career-Technology Center campus. In Lakota schools the Teacher Academy and technology education courses are taught by Butler Tech teachers, and beginning next year Butler Tech will revamp and oversee many of Lakota’s Work and Family Life classes. Butler Tech has also taken on the responsibility for Options Academy-Wokini, the innovative alternative high school program started at Lakota in 2001, and runs career-based intervention programs at the junior schools. Learn more about Butler Tech.
Butler County United Way
The Butler County United Way has been a long-time partner in education. The United Way staff helped Lakota to develop the Lakota Success program, a program designed to provide services for at-risk students, and worked with the district to secure state funding for the program. Every year, Lakota staff have the option to participate in a philanthropic campaign to support the many United Way agencies supporting our families. Learn more about Butler County United Way.
The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty
The Community Foundation administers
the Lakota Fund, supported by donations from teachers, parents, and
community members. The Lakota Fund provides classroom grants for school
projects awarded through an application process. The Community
Foundation has also secured health care and other needed services for
Lakota students. Learn more about the Community Foundation of West Chester Liberty.
By establishing partnerships with area businesses and organizations, Lakota offers students a number of internship possibilities. These internship programs offer students deeper, richer and more relevant learning experiences which complement the rigor available through its academic courses. Lakota currently has partnerships with 15 different local organizations and businesses, including ABC Pediatric Therapy, Atrium Medical Center, The Center for Foot Care and Podiatry, Community First Solution, Emery Federal Credit Union, Ethicon, First Financial Bank, Kinetic Vision, Liberty Township, Procter & Gamble, Prosource, Valley Central Bank, UC Health West Chester Hospital, West Chester Township and WMKV Radio. Learn more about Lakota's internship program.
Liberty and West Chester Townships
|The local township fire departments
provide training for Lakota employees in CPR and AED (automated
electronic defibrillator) use, and have been instrumental in creating
plans for each school building to have AEDs available for emergencies.
The West Chester Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff's
Office also help share the costs of having school resource officers
dedicated to the oversight of student and staff safety and security.
They collaborate closely with district and school administrators to
prepare appropriately for any level of emergency response.
The University of Cincinnati Center for Economic Education offers programs for students to learn about free enterprise, the stock market, and economic concepts. We have student teaching agreements with Xavier University, Miami University, University of Dayton and Mount St. Joseph. We also have a field experience agreement with Northern Kentucky University. To make available to students the College Credit Plus option, Lakota has partnered with several local colleges and universities, including Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; Sinclair Community College; Miami University, both main and regional campuses; and the University of Cincinnati, both main and regional campuses.
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
P&G provides both financial and curricular support to Lakota students. Employees have assisted in high school mathematics and science classes. The company also offers $1,000 scholarships to future math and science majors at East and West, and sponsors robotics teams at Lakota schools.
Reach Out Lakota
Reach Out Lakota is the largest food and clothing pantry serving West Chester and Liberty townships. Over 60 percent of the pantry's donations from mid-August through mid-June originate from projects sponsored by Lakota and its schools. This includes the annual East side vs. West side "Reach In for Reach Out Lakota" district-wide food drive competition. Student service organizations and service learning activities in our classrooms oftentimes involve partnerships with Reach Out Lakota throughout the school year. Learn more about Reach Out Lakota.