State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 22

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
This will be James’ fourth state of schools speech before the Press Club.
The Akron Board of Education named James to succeed Sylvester Small in February 2008. James officially to took the helm of Ohio’s fifth-largest school district in August 2008. During his time as superintendent, James has led the district through budget cutbacks and layoffs, a school building program and the opening of the STEM school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math.
James joined the Akron schools in 1992. He is a 1980 graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland. James received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cleveland State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU in 1997.
In 2007 he received the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Education. James is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Akron program. He lives in Akron with his wife. His two children attend Akron Public Schools.

Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. Program follows.
Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail
Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Feb. 20.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit for membership information.