Robb Vogelmann, who was named the principal at Liberty Junior in 2009, was approved by the Lakota Board of Education as the school district's new assistant superintendent June 25, 2012. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber.
The Lakota Board of Education approved at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday the hiring of a new assistant superintendent and a new open enrollment policy, which allows children of Lakota employees who don’t live in the school district to attend Lakota schools.
Lakota Superintendent Karen Mantia recommended Robb Vogelmann, who was named principal at Liberty Junior School three years ago, for the district’s open assistant superintendent position.
The board then unanimously approved Vogelmann, who will be Lakota’s only assistant superintendent after Ron Spurlock and Lon Stettler announced their retirements in December.
“The demands of the position will be challenging,” Mantia said. “But Mr. Vogelmann is perfected suited for this difficult role.
“He has a perfect handle on trends in education, a solid understanding of what it takes to run a great school and cares deeply about this community.”
Prior to being principal at Liberty Junior, Vogelmann served as an assistant principal at Lakota East High School since 2002. Prior to that, he was a math teacher at Liberty Junior since 1997.
“I am very grateful to be part of the dynamic leadership of this district,” said Vogelmann, who will earn a base salary $116,000. “I just hope to continue to work hard and keep the tradition of Lakota and the badge of honor that it carries with its name of quality education.
“To be able to represent the district as a whole and be one of the leaders is the biggest accomplishment of my career at this point.”
The decision to fill only one of the assistant superintendent positions was made shortly after voters rejected the third proposed Lakota school tax levy in two years. As a result, the school district has been forced to cut $35 million from its operating budget during the past three school years.
The school board has decided to not seek another levy this November.
Meanwhile, also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved an open enrollment policy.
Lakota officials claim that the district has not had the capacity to accept students who live outside the district because population growth had been so steep for so long.
However, just this past year, enrollment dropped 3 percent as 500 fewer students enrolled into Lakota schools compared to the 2010-2011 school year.
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