The Ottawa Hills Board of Education on Thursday (June 3) will appoint parent and Villager Kathy Lathrop to fill a vacancy that was created in May with the resignation of Kate Pixler. The board's current four members will take the action at a previously scheduled board retreat that begins at noon.
"Kathy has unmatched knowledge of and love for our school district and we are excited to have her as a colleague," said Rob Gnepper, president of the board.
Mrs. Lathrop was among the finalists considered by the board in January when it filled an earlier vacancy among its members.
"I am honored to have the board’s support, and am fully committed to engaging with our community and working hard to ensure the best future for our district and our kids," Mrs. Lathrop said. She will complete Ms. Pixler's four-year term, which expires Dec. 31.
Mrs. Lathrop and husband George have lived in the Village for 20 years. They have three children in the district as well as one who is an alumna. Mrs. Lathrop has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Colgate University and a master's of business administration degree from the University of Toledo.
She serves on the ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Ebeid Children's Hospital Auxiliary Board; she recently finished a six-year term on the Ebeid Children's Hospital Board. She is a sustaining member and past board member of the Junior League of Toledo. In addition, she is the bookkeeper for Diabetes Youth Services.
In the Village, she is a board member and treasurer of the OH Boosters; in 2016, she co-chaired the biennial Green Bear Ball, a community fundraiser for Ottawa Hills Local Schools. And last fall, she served as co-chair of the 2020 campaign that put two levy issues before voters (both were successful).