Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Lakota manager begins business

Building issues first on agenda

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        WEST CHESTER TWP. — Doug Lantz spent his first day Tuesday in the Lakota Schools the same way he ended it Monday in Milford: meeting with architects about school construction.

        Mr. Lantz was hired on Monday to fill the newly created business manager posi tion in the Lakota Schools, a position he's held since 1998 with the Milford Exempted Village Schools. He will earn $82,000 a year in Lakota.

        Voters in November approved a combination levy that included a $44.5 million bond issue that will pay for construction of an elementary and junior school as well as classroom additions, a weight room and field house at Lakota East and West high schools.

        The position was created after Richard Camp, who had been director of support services, left the district in August to become business manager for the Sycamore Schools. It was to have been filled by Ron Olson, Middletown's city manager, but New Year's Day — the day before he was to begin working for Lakota — he decided not to leave Middletown.

        “I won't let you down. I've been successful in the past,” said Mr. Lantz, who lived in West Chester Township for eight years in the 1980s. “I'm really looking forward to working in Lakota. It's a larger district and a good opportunity for me.”

        Before working in the Milford Schools, Mr. Lantz served as director of business affairs at the Norwood Schools and was a district manager for the Carolina Freight Carriers Corp. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University.


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