Akron Public Schools, Ohio

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Akron Public Schools
Akron, Ohio
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District Profile
Superintendent:David W. James
Graduation rate:75.9%
Number of schools:55
Budget: $532.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jason Haas
Board members:7
Term length:4
Akron City Schools is a school district in Ohio that served 22,480 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the fifth largest by enrollment in the state of Ohio.[1] Akron City Schools began operations in 1847 after lobbying efforts by town residents to the Ohio State Legislature.[2]

About the district

Akron Public Schools is located in Summit County, Ohio
Akron is the county seat of Summit County and located in northeastern Ohio. The city's population was 199,110 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Akron (%) Ohio (%)
White 62.2 82.7
Black or African American 31.5 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 2.1 1.7
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.1 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.2 48.2
2008 51.5 47
2004 48.7 50.8
2000 46.3 50.1

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


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.[6] He earned $175,000 per year as of 2011, ranking seventh among superintendents in northeastern Ohio.[7]

School board

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.[8]

Akron Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Dave Lombardi 2013 2017
Lisa Mansfield 2009 2017
Bruce D. Alexander 2009 2017
Patrick Bravo 2011 2015
Tim Miller 2011 2015
Veronica Sims 2013 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.[9]

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
2010-2011 $291,881,000 70.7% $21,563,000 5.2% $94,070,000 22.8% $0 0% $5,381,000 1.3% $412,895,000
Averages: $291,881,000 71% $21,563,000 5% $94,070,000 23% $0 0% $5,381,000 1% $412,895,000

Teacher salaries

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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Non-degree 28,727.26 45,909.23
Bachelor 34,378.37 64,085.42
B.A. + 12 GSH 35,588.16 65,412.10
B.A. + 24 GSH 36,032.32 66,075.26
Master Degree 37,425.69 73,058.17
Master + GSH 38,298.55 74,472.51
Master + 18 GSH 39,171.41 74,943.49
Ph.D./Ed.D. 40,779.28 76,829.14


Teachers in the district are represented in negotiations by the Akron Education Association (AEA). The AEA has been representing area teachers since 1946.[11]

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:[12]

Akron Public Schools
Akron Alternative Academy
Akron Early College High School
Barber CLC
Bettes Elementary School
Betty Jane CLC
Bridges Alternative School
Case Elementary School
Crouse CLC
David Hill CLC
East CLC 7-8
East CLC 9-12
Ellet High School
Evening High School
Findley CLC
Firestone High School
Firestone Park Elementary School
Forest Hill CLC
Garfield High School
Glover CLC
Harris Elementary School
Hatton CLC
Helen Arnold CLC
Hyre CLC
Innes CLC
Jennings CLC
John R. Buchtel CLC
Kenmore High School
King Elementary School
Lawndale Elementary School
Leggett CLC
Litchfield Middle School
McEbright CLC
Mason CLC
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
Resnik CLC
Rimer CLC
Ritzman CLC
Robinson CLC
Roswell Kent Middle School
Sam Salem CLC
Schumacher CLC
Seiberling Elementary School
Smith Elementary School
Voris CLC
Windemere CLC

Academic performance

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.[13][14]

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.[15]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus 0.1
Advanced 11
Accelerated 17.3
Proficient 34.9
Basic 21.4
Limited 15
Untested 0.3

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Akron Public Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 70.8 66.5 81.4
4 78.4 72.4 87.7
5 58.1 53.2 74.2
6 67 64.6 82.9
7 66.2 62.1 81
8 73.2 70.3 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Akron Public Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 63.2 59.7 78.5
4 65.1 56.3 77.7
5 46.6 43.5 68.7
6 50.3 52 75.1
7 50.9 50 73.3
8 63.6 55.4 77

Contact information

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Akron Board of Education
70 N. Broadway
Akron, OH 44308-1911
Phone:(330) 761-1661

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The good

  • Board of Education members are posted, including phone, email, and term information.[16]
  • The Board of Education policies are published.[8]
  • Board meetings, agendas and videos are available.[17]
  • Board minutes, including archived minutes, are posted.[18]
  • Administrative officials are published, including contact phone, fax and emails.[19]
  • The budget is published.[20]
  • Income tax information (2.25%) is published.[20]
  • Public records are available.[21]
  • Background information is requested.[22]
  • Teacher and Administrative contracts are published.[23]
  • School District Report Card is published, including the Performance Index.[24]
  • CMSD in the News section is informative and up-to-date.[25]

The bad

  • 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)

See also

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  2. Akron Public Schools, "History of Akron Public Schools," accessed September 9, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Akron," accessed September 9, 2013
  4. Smart Voter, "Summit County, Ohio," accessed September 9, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. LinkedIn, "David James," accessed September 9, 2013
  7. News Channel 5, "7 northeast Ohio school leaders paid more than Gov. John Kasich," June 7, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 Akron Public Schools, "Board Policies & Bylaws," accessed September 9, 2013
  9. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. Akron Education Association, "Master Agreement," accessed September 10, 2013
  11. Akron Education Association, "About Us," accessed September 10, 2013
  12. Akron Public Schools, "Schools by Cluster," accessed September 10, 2013
  13. Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
  14. Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
  15. Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Akron Public Schools," accessed September 10, 2013
  16. Akron Public Schools, "Board Information," accessed September 10, 2013
  17. Akron Public Schools, "Current Meeting Info," accessed September 10, 2013
  18. Akron Public Schools, "Archived Minutes," accessed September 10, 2013
  19. Akron Public Schools, "Departments," accessed September 10, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 Akron Public Schools, "Budget Forecasts 2011-2015," accessed September 10, 2013
  21. Akron Public Schools, "Records Information," accessed September 10, 2013
  22. Akron Public Schools, "Application for Professional Employment," accessed September 10, 2013
  23. Akron Public Schools, "Master Agreement," accessed September 10, 2013
  24. Akron Public Schools, "APS District Report Card," accessed September 10, 2013
  25. Akron Public Schools, "News," accessed September 10, 2013