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5/15/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

UA announces its 16th president

Scott Scarborough
Photo courtesy of The University of Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to name Scott Scarborough, Ph.D., the 16th president of the university.

“Dr. Scarborough clearly shares our vision for The University of Akron,” stated Board Chairman Richard Pogue in a press release. “We have confidence that he will help us advance our mission as a public research university committed to our students’ success, to creating new models for sustaining academic excellence, and to our role as a vital contributor to the regional economy.” 

Scarborough’s five-year term will begin July 1. He will earn a base salary of $450,000, with an annual bonus of up to $80,000 and annual deferred compensation of $80,000, as well as use of a residence and an automobile stipend.

Scarborough, who was on a business trip out of town with his wife, Tammy, issued the following statement: “I was thrilled to have received the call from Chair of the Board Dick Pogue this afternoon with the news of my appointment. Tammy and I are very excited about the opportunity to join The University of Akron family and the Akron community. We look forward to doing our part to build on the great work of [outgoing President] Dr. [Luis] Proenza and the faculty, staff and students who make The University of Akron a great university.”

Scarborough comes to UA after more than seven years in leadership positions at the University of Toledo (UT) and its Medical Center (UTMC). During the last two years, he has been provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, serving as the chief academic officer and operating officer for UT. Prior to his current position, he was senior vice president and executive director of UTMC, responsible for the overall management and operations of its 319-bed hospital. From 2007 to 2011, he was senior vice president for finance and administration for both UT and UTMC. 

Scarborough has a doctorate in strategic management and a master of business administration and bachelor’s degree in accounting. 

He and Tammy live in Toledo with their daughter, Samantha. Son Spencer lives in Austin, Texas.

The campus was invited to welcome Scarborough at a reception and press briefing May 12. The reception included welcoming remarks from Proenza and Pogue.

For details on Scarborough, visit www.uakron.edu/bot/16th-president.dot.


Reading summer school planned for third-graders

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The new Ohio Department of Education third-grade reading guarantee requires students who do not achieve a certain score on a standardized reading test to repeat third grade.

Following fall and winter testing, 23 percent of Akron Public Schools’ (APS) third-graders have not yet tested proficient.

At the APS Board of Education meeting May 12, Director of Elementary Schools Mary Outley-Kelly explained the pupils must score at least 392 on the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) in reading. The state also will accept a score of 190 or higher on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test, she said.

The children just took the OAA test May 1, she said, and results will not be learned until June 16. The MAP test is given three times per year — in September, January and May — and will be given next week, she said.

But results from last fall and January indicate that 369 of the district’s 1,597 third-graders have not passed one of the tests.

The district is offering a summer Reading Academy for these children to help them pass the test and move on to fourth grade in the fall. The four-week summer school, which begins June 16, is mandatory for those children, said Assistant Superintendent Ellen McWilliams.

Teachers and principals have been contacting the parents of these children about the summer intervention help, but 75 of the students have not yet signed up for the summer school, said Outley-Kelly.

Carla Sibley, director of community relations, said school officials have been working to set up partnerships to help the students. The Akron libraries, for example, will have AkronReads tutors to help the children, she said, especially at eight library branches in areas with the greatest need.

School board members discussed the need to get the children into the program for reading help. Board President Lisa Mansfield noted it is a citywide problem and a problem of poverty.

“How many books are in [these children’s] homes?” she asked.

The students will have one more chance to take the OAA and MAP tests again in the summer, according to district officials.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for May 27, a day later than usual due to Memorial Day, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sylvester Small Administration Building, 70 N. Broadway St.


Norton Music Boosters plan for Tag Day

NORTON — The Norton Music Boosters have announced the seventh annual “Neighborhood Challenge” to be a part of the Tag Day Fund Drive this year.

Norton High School band and choir students in grades eight through 12 will be going door to door May 17 collecting donations for support of the music programs in Norton City Schools. Students also will be stationed at various businesses around the community seeking donations. The Norton neighborhood making the largest average donation will be awarded a neighborhood picnic and parade by the Norton High School Marching Band. The band also will provide a mini-concert for the winning neighborhood. 

In addition, the Norton Music Boosters will provide their mobile cooker and will do all the grilling. The winning neighborhood will be aided in organization of the neighborhood picnic and the Booster organization will make any necessary arrangements with the city authorities.

The winning community will be asked to provide any additional side dishes. The winning neighborhood also will be encouraged to add other units to the parade, like decorated bicycles, a neighborhood citizen of the year, etc.

Residents who do not live in any organized housing development will be included with the closest “neighborhood” to their home.

The parade and picnic will take place Aug. 2.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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