State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 13

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 13. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Akron schools passed a 7.9-mill levy in November 2012 and adopted a comprehensive 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 University of Akron Innovation Generation Scholarship program.

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

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

He lives in Akron with his wife and his two children attend Akron Public Schools.



Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4213, email or go to

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Feb. 10.


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.