School board members discuss levy
Akron Public Schools Board of Education
By Jeff Gorman
The Akron Public Schools Board of Education announced Sept. 11 that its operating levy will appear on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot as Issue No. 6.
The 7.9-mill levy is the same as the one voters rejected in the May 2 Primary Election. It would cost $242 per year for the owner of a home valued at $100,000.
School Board President the Rev. Curtis Walker said the last day to register to vote is Oct. 10. Board Vice President Linda Kersker said voters can now cast their ballots before the election.
Information on the levy campaign and early voting procedures is available at www.forakronschools.com.
In other news, board member Kirt Conrad said interviews have taken place for spots on the Community Learning Center Advisory Committee and the Citizens Monitoring Committee. Recommendations could be made to the board by the Sept. 25 meeting, he said.
Board member James Hardy suggested a parade to celebrate the opening of the Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center in West Akron. The building is currently under construction, but most of the exterior is finished.
“I think we should make this as big as possible for the kids,” said Hardy.
Superintendent Sylvester Small said Voris Community Learning Center is at nearly the same stage of construction.
Before the meeting, the Joint Board of Review met to discuss the school reconstruction project. Contract monitor Robert Fisher talked about the ongoing effort to raise minority participation in the project.
Fisher arranged a networking meeting on Sept. 6 between primary contractors and minority owners of companies. Walker, Small and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic spoke at the meeting about the importance of reaching the 20 percent minority participation goal.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 70 N. Broadway. The joint board will meet at 4 p.m.