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7/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Lake Center Christian School hires new superintendent

Joseph Beeson
HARTVILLE — Lake Center Christian School (LCCS) announced the hiring of Joseph Beeson as the school’s new superintendent.

Beeson has 25 years of experience in education on multiple levels, according to LCCS officials.

“The board is impressed by Dr. Beeson’s passion for Christian education and his track record of godly leadership,” said Norm Wengerd, board chair. “We are confident he will not only help to strengthen our foundation, but take our school to new heights as we continue our mission of ‘equipping students for life-long learning and service to Christ.’”

Beeson recently finished the school year as headmaster of Yongsan International Community School of Seoul, South Korea.

Before moving there, Beeson served in international Christian education in Singapore, also as head of schools. His previous experience was as a teacher, principal and director of curriculum/instruction at Dayton Christian Schools in Dayton and as adjunct professor at Cedarville University.

“It is clear the people here are committed to Lake Center and Christian education,” Beeson said. “I want to continue to keep the emphasis on ministering to each child and balancing teacher directive with student education. I am impressed teachers are meeting the students where they are and taking them where we want them to be.”


School garment collection for children at APS

NORTHEAST AKRON — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Zeta Theta Omega Chapter, will host “Fill the Rack,” an event to collect new or gently used school uniforms and new socks and undergarments.

The collection will take place Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Community Learning Center, 80 Brittain Road.

Uniforms will be distributed to elementary school children who attend Akron Public Schools. Accepted will be polo shirts (any color), blouses and shirts; skirts, shorts and skorts in navy blue, black and khaki; socks; and undergarments. 


The UDS Steel Academy now enrolling for fall

NORTHEAST AKRON — United Disability Services (UDS) has announced the opening of the new UDS Steel Academy, now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year beginning Aug. 26.

According to UDS officials, the school will take a nontraditional approach to educating students struggling with learning differences who have had difficulty finding success in other school environments. The UDS Steel Academy will be located in the former North Akron Catholic School, located at 1570 Creighton Ave. in the Chapel Hill area.

The UDS Steel Academy is a free, public community school with a fully accredited academic program focusing on serving children in grades six through 12 with attention deficient hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders, as well as gifted students who need to be challenged, according to UDS officials. The school also will offer extracurricular activities, and it will be the home of the Steel Angels, a traveling and performing steel drum band.

“Our students learn differently, so we use proven methods that integrate academics with the arts to creatively engage students in learning,” said Steel Academy founder Angel Lawrie.

“The agency has a long history of serving children with learning differences, and we have been looking for an opportunity to fill an education component of our services since closing our developmental preschool more than 10 years ago,” said Gary Knuth, UDS president/CEO. “When I first met Angel, I was inspired by her passion, commitment and demonstrated success in educating children who are having a difficult time achieving in more traditional academic settings. This is a perfect complement to our current services and follows the agency’s rich tradition of offering creative and innovative program solutions.”  


Ariel Hakim and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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