Bruce D. Alexander
|Bruce D. Alexander|
|Akron Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||Youngstown State University|
|Profession||Juvenile center superintendent|
Alexander earned a B.A. in Health Education from Youngstown State University in 1983. He currently serves as superintendent of Summit County Juvenile Court. Alexander and his wife have two children attending district schools.
- See also: Akron Public Schools elections (2013)
Alexander won re-election to the board against six other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election. There were four available seats on the board in 2013.
|Akron Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa Mansfield Incumbent||20.9%||11,621|
|Nonpartisan||Bruce D. Alexander Incumbent||18.6%||10,344|
|Nonpartisan||Veronica Sims Incumbent||15.8%||8,816|
|Nonpartisan||Janice O. Davis||12.2%||6,814|
|Nonpartisan||Debbie Maire Walsh||9.8%||5,466|
|Source: Summit County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Summit County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
The Akron Beacon Journal endorsed Alexander on October 11, 2013.
Alexander won election to one of four available seats on the board in the November 3, 2009 general election. He placed second among eight candidates in the race, which went to an automatic recount due to the narrow margin between the fourth-place and fifth-place candidates.
|Akron Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Bruce D. Alexander||16.1%||12,701|
|Nonpartisan||Rita M. Hosch||9.6%||7,587|
|Nonpartisan||Virgil Anthony Ortiz||7.1%||5,607|
|Nonpartisan||Mexie J. Wilson||7.1%||5,596|
|Source: Summit County Board of Elections|
Bruce Alexander, My APS (2011)
In an interview with the West Side Leader, Alexander explained why he was qualified to serve on the board:Cite error: Invalid
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"My proven experience working with youth, families, and the community through the Summit County Juvenile Court System for over 22 plus years along with my 16 years of service working within the Akron School System would allow me to apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to help take the Akron School System to a higher level.
I am an advocate for students and learning, love the Akron community, and who loves to see students rising and overcoming obstacles to become the best they can be. This brings me joy because I was once labeled at risk and doom to fell but with determination, perseverance, and help from family and others, I was able to overcome the odds and I know our students can do just as good if not better."
What was at stake?
Incumbents Bruce D. Alexander, Lisa Mansfield and Veronica Sims sought re-election to the board on November 5, 2013. The race also featured challengers Janice O. Davis, Dave Lombardi, Scott Stetson and Debbie Maire Walsh. Current member and board president Jason Haas did not file for re-election.
Board members in Akron will contend with academic performance issues stemming from recent assessments by the Ohio Department of Education. The district only achieved proficiency in five performance indicators out of 24 according to the 2012-2013 District Report Card. This evaluation also found that proficiency levels were at least 10% behind state averages in reading and mathematics from grades 3 through 8.
About the district
- See also: Akron Public Schools, Ohio
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Akron.com, "Akron Public Schools Board of Education," October 22, 2009
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- Akron Beacon Journal, "For the Akron school board," October 11, 2013
- The Suburbanite, "Coventry trustee election board recount makes no change," December 4, 2009
- Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Akron Public Schools," accessed September 10, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Akron," accessed September 9, 2013
- Smart Voter, "Summit County, Ohio," accessed September 9, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014