Southwest Ohio’s largest suburban school district opens its doors Thursday, Aug. 16, on a new school year and is doing so in a way never seen before.

The 16,500-student Lakota Schools — the eighth largest school district in Ohio — will also be unveiling a series of changes affecting some of its 23 school buildings. MORE: Lakota hires 8 more armed officers raising its protection force to highest in its history Some of those transformations were unveiled during the Butler County district’s second annual convocation event at Lakota West High School earlier this week that saw 1,700 school staffers — and hundreds of students — rally to celebrate the new school year.

“The start of a new school year is always exciting,” said Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller. “Bringing all 1,700 staff members together to kick-off the year takes it to another level.

We have a lot of great things planned for 2018-2019 (school year) and I’m looking forward to seeing the new innovative ideas our staff brings to the table for our students.” The school opening also marks Miller’s second with Lakota and the summer break included a continuation of his aggressive leadership on transforming how the district operates, including a series of new programs incorporating social media and digital learning. MORE: 1st year Lakota leader looks back on historic changes to county’s largest district Get the latest Butler County news you want, when you want, in this free app from Journal-News.

Click a link below to get the app. Among those are: new grade configurations for some schools; new opening day procedures that depart from traditional practices and are designed to enhance staff and student enthusiasm for team building; and the first offering of all-day kindergarten. Read more from…

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