APS high schools improve in national survey
By Jeff Gorman
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Buchtel, Firestone and Akron’s other public high schools all qualified in the national Top 100 of the High Schools That Work initiative. Dan Stacy, a consultant with the Ohio Department of Education, shared this news at the Sept. 25 Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education meeting. High Schools That Work is an improvement initiative that began in Atlanta in 1983. Today, 1,028 schools in 32 states participate in the program. Akron is the only major city in Ohio to have all of its high schools qualifiy for the program. Buchtel ranked in the Top 100 in four categories: High Expectation Index; Career/ Technical Studies; Work-Site Learning; and Quality Mathematics Instruction.
Firestone ranked in the Top
100 in six categories: Academic Core Curricula; College
Prep English, Math and Science; High Expectation Index;
and Guidance and Advisement.
In other news, the school board
named members for a pair of committees that will give
advice on the new school buildings. The
school board’s representatives on the Citizens
Monitoring Committee are Julie Ann Sweet-Buntin, Shirley
Washington, Allan Markey, Robert Hahn, Michael Witwer
and alternate Edward Bollinger. The committee consists
of business leaders who will offer
The school board also picked its
members for the Community Learning Center Advisory Committee,
which will work on rules and regulations for the new buildings.
The members are Teresa LeGrair, Sharon Connor, Margaret
Payne and Tim Miller, with
alternates Daniel Hayes and Teresa Flannery.
The city of Akron will name an equal
number of members to these committees.
Before the meeting, the Joint
Board of Review met to talk about the school reconstruction
project. The group approved
the program of requirements for the new Findley and
Leggett community learning centers.
The Joint Board also:
approved a purchase order
for construction quality assurance services for URS
Corp. in the amount of $10,500; and
added a $10,000 change order for Ohio Edison electricity
usage for the construction of the Judith A. Resnik Community
The APS school board’s next
regular meeting will take place Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at
the administration building, 70 N. Broadway.
The next meeting of the Joint
Board of Review will take place Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. at
the new gym of the Central Learning Center, 400 W. Market
St. At that meeting, the board will speak to contractors
about improving minority hiring goals.