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Community Members Meet the Finalists

Community Members Meet the Finalists

On June 27, Lakota Local Schools hosted a “Meet the Candidates” night as an opportunity for community members to hear from the three superintendent finalists. Facilitated by a representative from the Ohio School Boards Association, Michael Acomb, Jason Spencer and Ashley Whitely each participated in a 30-minute question-and-answer (Q&A) session at Lakota West High School.

During the week leading up to the event, the district collected suggested questions through a ThoughtExchange survey. More than 850 participants were able to not only share their thoughts, but also rate how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the 459 suggested questions. The facilitator selected from the top-rated questions and topics to ask during the question-and-answer session. It is important to note that if questions covered the same topic, the facilitator may have chosen to skip to the next one in order to cover as many subjects as possible during the time allotted.

Prior to the Q&A sessions, special guests, such as township trustees, representatives from parent organizations and business leaders, were invited to attend a brief meet-and-greet with the candidates. 

During the community Q&A sessions, all candidates were asked:

  • What is your plan to recruit and retain quality teachers?
  • How would you connect personally with teachers and staff to understand the needs in the classrooms?
  • How have you been and how will you continue to be a champion for all students, including students of varying abilities, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds?
  • As a potential superintendent, what are your priorities for the Lakota school district and why?
  • How do you plan on addressing our ever growing class sizes?
  • What are some effective communication tactics you plan to use to stay engaged with parents and community members?
  • Do you have a plan to allow our students to develop critical thinking and real-life skills that will translate once they leave high school?

Because they had time remaining during their 30-minute sessions, the facilitator was able to ask Whitely and Acomb two additional questions:

  • How will you engage with school principals and staff to hear their needs, priorities and concerns?
  • How will you effectively manage the budget to support teachers with the necessary resources and support for quality education while remaining fiscally (responsible)?

Once each session was done, the candidates met with Lakota's school board members for their final interview. During this time, attendees were encouraged to share their feedback of each candidate with the Board through a brief survey.

The Board has not announced its next steps for the superintendent search process at this time. The next board meeting will be June 29 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lakota East Freshman school and will be preceded by a board listening session at 5:30.

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