South Side Education News & Notes
APS District treasurer retiring
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Jack Pierson, treasurer of the Akron Public Schools (APS), will retire as of July 31.
Pierson’s retirement was approved by the APS Board of Education at a special meeting May 20.
Pierson, 61, has been the treasurer of the district for 21 years, but has 30 total years of service to qualify to retire under SERS (School Employees Retirement System of Ohio), he said.
While Pierson is technically retiring from the APS District, he will continue to work. He has accepted a position as treasurer of the Howland Local School District in Warren, he said.
“I’m not ready to retire,” Pierson said. “I have a great staff and things are going very well here in Akron. I wouldn’t leave if I didn’t have a really good offer.”
The Howland district is closer to his home in Canfield, he said.
As treasurer, Pierson has been responsible for the finances of the district with a $300 million General Fund and $547 million total for all funds, according to district officials.
“Jack Pierson has done an amazing job,” said Board President Lisa Mansfield. “When he took over 21 years ago, the district was in serious financial straits. His careful planning and wisdom over the years has put us in much better fiscal shape now, even with a more difficult overall economy. His will be big shoes to fill.”
According to district officials, the APS Board now will begin a search for a new treasurer. For more information, visit the district website at www.akronschools.com.
APS Board agrees to move Akron Opportunity Center
DOWNTOWN AKRON — In an effort to streamline and bolster its alternative programs for students with behavior problems, the Akron Public Schools (APS) will move its Akron Opportunity Center (AOC) to the former Barrett Elementary School, 888 Jonathan Ave.
The AOC works with middle school students with academic and behavioral problems. It is currently located at the former Riedinger Middle School, 77 W. Thornton St.
Other alternative programs are already located at Barrett, where the APS partners with the YMCA and Summit County Juvenile Court system, through Judge Linda Teodosio, with counseling and intervention services.
At a special meeting May 14, the APS Board of Education approved the AOC move as well as moving its Alternative to Suspension programs for elementary and middle school students to the Riedinger building.
“As we open the new AOC and expand our ... Alternative to Suspension offerings at Riedinger, APS will increase services to students who have had behavior challenges,” said Superintendent David James. “We believe this will result in greater success for the students and safer learning environments in our regular school settings.”
The changes will not require an increase in funding, James said.
Norton Music Boosters host food truck roundup
NORTON — The Norton Music Boosters will sponsor the Norton Food Truck Roundup May 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Norton High School, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.
The following trucks are scheduled to appear: Wholly Frijoles, The Orange Trük, Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe, Boca Loca Burrito Factory, Pig Lickin’ Good BBQ, Premier Crepes, Get Stuffed and Donut Lab.
There will be seating and beverages on sale by the Norton Music Boosters. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to Norton music programs, according to the Boosters.
Stephanie Kist and Becky Tompkins contributed to these reports.
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