Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 23

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
As superintendent, James is responsible for 20,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district covers 62 square miles and includes more than 50 schools and community learning centers.
The school system is working to open the new Firestone/Litchfield Community Learning Center this fall. This will be the 31st new community learning center. It is part of the $800 million project to create new schools for students, their families and surrounding neighborhoods.
APS is expanding its popular dual enrollment program with Stark State College and is offering new educational choices with its College and Career Services program. The district also continues to offer students early college entrance testing (ACT) beginning in their junior year. This procedure gives students the option of taking the test twice if needed.
David James is a graduate of Cleveland John Adams High School and Cleveland State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He joined the Akron school district in 1992, became executive director for business affairs in 2002 and was named superintendent in August 2008.

Program: State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
• $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
• Advance payment required for tables of eight.
• $25 for all reservations made after Friday, Feb. 19 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Register through EventSpot here. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, Feb. 19.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Upcoming at the Press Club:
• Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual State of the County presentation Thursday, March 31.

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 www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.