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10/4/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

APS approves budget for fiscal year 2013

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education approved a $296 million budget for the 2012-13 school year (fiscal year 2013) at a special meeting Sept. 27.

Treasurer Jack Pierson said this total is $4 million more than the APS District has now.

“We hope to realize savings during the school year to make up the difference, but if we do not, we will have to take $4 million from our self-insurance fund at the end of June 2013 [the end of fiscal year 2013],” said board President Jason Haas.

The “self-loan” would be repaid in early July 2013, the beginning of fiscal year 2014, Haas said.

The board’s next meeting is set for Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sylvester Small Administration Building, 70 N. Broadway.— By Becky Tompkins


STEM high school gets official name

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Public Schools (APS) announced during a Sept. 27 dedication that its newest high school has been named the National Inventors Hall of Fame® Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) High School, or NIHF-STEM High School, for short.

The new STEM High School was named in honor of a continued partnership with Invent Now, the group behind the National Inventors Hall of Fame® and an early supporter of STEM learning in Akron, APS officials said.

Invent Now, along with inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, played key roles in making Akron’s STEM Middle School program a success, APS Superintendent David James said. As with the middle school, Hall of Fame inductees will work with students on problem-based projects at the high school.

“These partners help us spread the inventive spirit by making learning exciting and relevant,” James said. “They may even inspire our students to become inventors and scientists themselves.”

Akron’s STEM Middle School opened in 2009 in temporary quarters. In 2010, the school moved into the former National Inventors Hall of Fame on South Broadway. The school was then renamed The National Inventors Hall of Fame School ... Center for STEM Learning, commonly known as NIHF-STEM.

The high school opened Aug. 29 in the former Central-Hower High School building at 123 S. Forge St. and includes approximately 100 ninth-graders, most of them graduates of the middle school.


Summit County Teacher of the Year to be named

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County’s 2012 All-County Teaching Team will be honored Oct. 15 during the Summit County Education Celebration held at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station at 135 S. Broadway St. During the banquet, one member of the team will be announced as the 2012 Teacher of the Year, along with a Rookie of the Year and two Lifetime Educator Award recipients.

The 20-member All-County Teaching Team members were nominated by the community and chosen to represent their school systems by a selection committee comprised of superintendents of each Summit County school district.

In the West Side Leader coverage area, the team includes: John Bennett for Akron Public Schools; David Edmonds for Copley-Fairlawn City Schools; James McBride for Norton City Schools; Bob Pierson for Revere Local Schools; Mary Ann Krawczonek for Woodridge Local Schools; Jennifer Smee for parochial schools (Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School in West Akron); and Erik Korvne for private schools (Old Trail School in Bath).

The event is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital, The University of Akron, Clear Channel Radio, Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com, the Summit County Educational Service Center and Summit Education Initiative. Scholarships in the honorees’ names are being provided by the Summit County Superintendents’ Association.

The featured speaker at the banquet will be Jolene Reinhart from the Summit County Educational Service Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and the awards ceremony. Seating is limited, and tickets to attend the banquet are $25. For more details or to purchase tickets, call Shannon English Marketing at 330-433-2888.


Kathleen Folkerth and Ariel Hakim contributed to these reports.

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