Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 24

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 24. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

As superintendent, James is responsible for about 22,000 students and 3,000 employees.

Akron Public Schools began the 2014-15 year with the opening of the King Community Learning Center, which is part of an $800 million project to open schools to their surrounding neighborhoods. Also last fall, Akron schools were in the headlines when Resnik elementary was closed because of the Ebola scare.

The schools offer a dual enrollment program with Stark State College and the University of Akron Innovation Generation Scholarship Program. ACT testing for college begins in the junior year for students, so they may take the test twice.

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., Tuesday, Feb. 24. Program follows.

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


  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Friday, Feb. 20 (members & non-members).
  • Reservations requested: Contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, Feb. 20.


Upcoming for the Press Club:

  • Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual State of the County presentation Thursday, March 12.


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.