Lakota West High School will have a new principal next school year as the school board voted unanimously Monday evening to promote school administrator Gary Elgin Card to lead the 2,800-student school.
Card, who is now associate principal at Lakota West Freshman School, will replace Lakota West Principal Richard Hamilton, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
A former teacher and grade level principal at Hamilton County’s Princeton Schools, Card joined Lakota Local Schools in 2007 as an assistant principal at Lakota West for two years.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment Monday based on the recommendation of Superintendent Karen Mantia. According to a release from the school district, Mantia consulted with students, staff and parents as well as other administrators during the selection process.
“Mr. Card is a strong, compassionate leader who has shown that his top priority is helping students succeed by nurturing them, inspiring them and engaging with them,” Mantia said. “He has an exceptional ability to create a rapport with students while also clearly and firmly conveying his expectations to them.”
Card’s two-year contract will include a base salary of $100,000 effective Aug. 1.
Michael D. Clark of The Cincinnati Enquirer contributed