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Christina French Appointed to Lakota Board of Education

Christina French Appointed to Lakota Board of Education

The Lakota Board of Education unanimously appointed Christina French to the school board at its April 1 special meeting. 

A Lakota parent and resident of Liberty Township, French has 21 years of experience working in public education. Most recently, French was the director of K-6 curriculum for Lakota before leaving to pursue other interests and to be able to spend more time with her two young children. “My interest in the position of school board member comes from a passion for leading, engaging the community, building relationships and creating sustainable systems to produce student academic growth, keeping in mind the individual needs of all learners,” said French.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. French to the Lakota Board of Education,” said Board President Julie Shaffer. “Her wealth of experiences will enhance our ability to best serve the students, staff, families and community of Lakota Local Schools.”

The Board held a special meeting on April 1 to interview 11 applicants for the position. Prior to the meeting, each member reviewed the 29 applications and submitted the names of applicants they wished the Board to consider for the appointment. “Given the exceptional candidates for the position, this was not an easy decision for the Board to make,” said Shaffer. “We are grateful for the interest from our community and look forward to getting French up to speed so we can continue to make decisions in the best interest of our students, our staff, our families and our community.”

Prior to the April 1 meeting, a community-wide ThoughtExchange was launched to gather feedback about the qualities and characteristics the community wanted the Board to consider when appointing a new member.

Over 150 people participated in the exchange, with 102 thoughts shared. The top five rated qualifications shared were:

  1. The Board should appoint someone who is engaged in our schools and supportive of staff and students. This person should advocate for all students;
  2. A board member must support public schools;
  3. A member willing to listen and work with the entire staff;
  4. Honesty and integrity; and 
  5. Professionalism.

The complete exchange, including thoughts and topics, can be viewed online.

French was the longtime principal at Hopewell Elementary School, overseeing the transition to the school becoming a K-2 building. While at Hopewell, she led the school to being awarded the Momentum Award for academic growth and achievement from the Ohio Department of Education.

“I believe that building strong relationships with the community and the school district is what opens the door for decision making that will move Lakota Local Schools forward and create the best educational opportunities for our students,” she said. French and her husband are strong community supporters, including sponsoring such events as the Shamrock Shuffle. They live in the district with their four daughters, two of whom are Lakota graduates and two who currently attend Lakota.

French’s first meeting will be the April 2 where she will join Shaffer and Vice President Kelley Casper, along with members Isaac Adi and Douglas Horton.

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