Lakota Local Schools Superintendent Karen Mantia taking family medical leave

Asst. superintendent filling in during absence
Posted at 4:37 PM, Aug 23, 2016

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Lakota Local Schools Superintendent Karen Mantia's request for family medical leave was accepted by the district's board of education Tuesday, according to a press release from the school district.

Mantia declined to comment to the Journal-News regarding her reason for requesting medical leave.

Assistant Superintendent Robb Voglemann will serve as acting superintendent in Mantia's absence, the board said.

“The board wishes Dr. Mantia all the best during her medical leave. She has been a strong leader for our community and our schools,” board president Lynda O’Connor said in the press release. “We have great confidence in Robb Vogelmann. His familiarity with Lakota, as both a long-time parent and staff leader, demonstrates his investment in our community and our schools."

Mantia, 64, had previously told the Journal-News that she intended to retire as leader of the 16,500-student district at the end of the current school year.

Mantia makes $165,000 in annual salary and is under contract until July 31, 2017.

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