Akron Public Schools, Ohio
|Akron Public Schools|
|Superintendent:||David W. James|
|Number of schools:||55|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Jason Haas|
About the district
Akron lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20% of Akron residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Akron had a median income of $34,190 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Akron was 25.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The current Superintendent of Akron Public Schools is David W. James. He has served in the position since his appointment in August 2008. James has worked in leadership positions in the district since 1992 including Environmental Program Manager and Executive Director of Business Affairs. He earned $175,000 per year as of 2011, ranking seventh among superintendents in northeastern Ohio.
The Akron Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. Each member can be compensated on a per-meeting basis for up to 50 meetings per year. The district also pays up to $2,000 per member each year for participation in approved training programs.
|Akron Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Bruce D. Alexander||2009||2017|
|Curtis T. Walker||1999||2015|
School board elections
- See also: Akron Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Akron Board of Education are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Akron Public Schools does not publish its complete annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Akron Public Schools employed 1,395 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. The current salary schedule sets higher starting salaries and maximum salaries for teachers with graduate degrees. Teachers with bachelor's or master's degrees can earn higher salaries if they pursue additional Graduate Semester Hours (GSH) approved by the district. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Akron Education Association through the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA + 12 GSH||35,588.16||65,412.10|
|BA + 24 GSH||36,032.32||66,075.26|
|Master + GSH||38,298.55||74,472.51|
|Master + 18 GSH||39,171.41||74,943.49|
Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Akron Education Association (AEA). The AEA has been representing area teachers since 1946.
Schools in district
Akron Public Schools operates 30 K-12 schools and 25 Community Learning Centers (CLCs). The following lists K-12 schools and CLCs operated by the district in the 2013-2014 school year:
|Akron Public Schools|
|Akron Alternative Academy|
|Akron Early College High School|
|Bettes Elementary School|
|Betty Jane CLC|
|Bridges Alternative School|
|Case Elementary School|
|David Hill CLC|
|East CLC 7-8|
|East CLC 9-12|
|Ellet High School|
|Evening High School|
|Firestone High School|
|Firestone Park Elementary School|
|Forest Hill CLC|
|Garfield High School|
|Harris Elementary School|
|Helen Arnold CLC|
|John R. Buchtel CLC|
|Kenmore High School|
|King Elementary School|
|Lawndale Elementary School|
|Litchfield Middle School|
|Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts|
|National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School|
|National Inventors Hall of Fame School...Center for STEM Learning|
|North High School|
|Pfeiffer Elementary School|
|Portage Path CLC|
|Roswell Kent Middle School|
|Sam Salem CLC|
|Seiberling Elementary School|
|Smith Elementary School|
The Ohio Department of Education issues an annual report card for each district based on scores from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. This testing process assesses the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 10 and 11 complete the Ohio Graduation Test to not only assess proficiency but demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.
Akron Public Schools received a C on the state's Performance Index and an F in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 63.3% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district only met proficiency levels in 20.8% of performance indicators from grades 3 through 11. The following tables detail results from the Performance Index and Indicators Met sections in the 2012-2013 district report card.
|Performance Index, 2012-2013|
|Performance level||Percentage of students (%)|
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites
Last rated on Jan. 24, 2012
- Board of Education members are posted, including phone, email, and term information.
- The Board of Education policies are published.
- Board meetings, agendas and videos are available.
- Board minutes, including archived minutes, are posted.
- Administrative officials are published, including contact phone, fax and emails.
- The budget is published.
- Income tax information (2.25%) is published.
- Public records are available.
- Background information is requested.
- Teacher and Administrative contracts are published.
- School District Report Card is published, including the Performance Index.
- CMSD in the News section is informative and up-to-date.
- Investment reports are available, however, the audit section does not contain any information except for the Student Activity Manual.
- The five-year forecast budget published is two pages of spreadsheets, does not contain any analysis, and includes limited information.
- Some PDF documents provided may only be view horizontally, making analysis difficult. (See teacher salary and Investment statement)
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