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2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

State of Akron Schools speech set for Feb. 13

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools (APS) at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon Feb. 13. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

The buffet luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m., with the program to follow, at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St., on The University of Akron (UA) campus (free parking is behind the building). The cost is $15 for Press Club members or $20 for nonmembers. Reservations are due by Feb. 10 at noon and can be made by calling 330-564-4211, via email to RSVP@cmoresearch.com or at www.cmoresearch.com/apc.

The APS District passed a 7.9-mill levy in November 2012 and adopted a deficit reduction plan. It also secured more than $9 million in Race to the Top funding to develop new curricula and instruction plans and practices. The district has opened a STEM school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math. It signed a dual enrollment agreement with Stark State College and participates in the new UA Innovation Generation Scholarship program.

James graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State University. He joined APS in 1992, became executive director for business affairs in 2002 and was named superintendent in August 2008.

He chairs the University Park Alliance and serves on the boards of the United Way of Summit County, Leadership Akron and the Ohio 8 Coalition of Superintendents.

He lives in Akron with his wife, and his two children attend APS.


Akron School for the Arts unveils new logo 

Graphic courtesy of Akron Public Schools
WEST AKRON — The Akron School for the Arts (ASA) at Firestone High School has a new look. It unveiled its newly designed logo Jan. 30 at the Fourth Annual Friends of the Akron School for the Arts Gala Celebration of the Arts at the Akron Civic Theatre in Downtown Akron. The image was designed by Triad Communications.

ASA is the Akron Public Schools’ (APS) high school visual and performing arts program. According to district officials, ASA offers an advanced and integrated education through the arts to qualified students in five core arts areas of dance, theater, visual art, instrumental music and vocal music.

The new brand incorporates a “ribbon-like” feel to reference dance, movement, energy and the performing arts mediums, while the paint strokes represent the visual arts programs, according to APS officials. The black ring symbolizes unity as a school and intertwined disciplines.

Founded in 2007, Friends of the Akron School for the Arts, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support, promote and advocate for excellence in the Akron School for the Arts, contracted with Triad to design the new logos.

“We hope that the new logo will bring a renewed energy, identity and recognition to the Akron School for the Arts,” said George Bozeka, president of Friends of the Akron School for the Arts. “Knowing that the Akron School for the Arts will have a dedicated space in the new Firestone Community Learning Center for its use gave us the motivation to rebrand the program starting with a new name (last year) and a new logo (this year). This is an exciting time to be a student at The Akron School for the Arts.”


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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