Our community learning centers are a perfect example of a strong, successful community partnership with Akron residents, the City of Akron, the Ohio School Facilities Commission and numerous nonprofit organizations.
These new schools offer attractive, well-lit classrooms; advanced security; and innovative technology that improves student achievement. This year, the district completed Segment 2 of the construction project and opened four new community learning centers: Portage Path; The National Inventors Hall of Fame® School … Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning; Leggett; and East (9-12 wing).
Six additional buildings are under construction including Buchtel/ Perkins, East (7-8 wing), Hyre, McEbright, Schumacher and Windemere; and three are in the design stage.
NEW STEM HIGH SCHOOL
In addition to the Segment 2 completion, we are highly encouraged by our progress toward creating a STEM high school. Together with the students of our highly successful STEM middle school, we have started down a new path of learning. Creating a STEM high school is both a natural and necessary evolution to keep us moving down that path. In partnership with The University of Akron, Invent Now, The Greater Akron Chamber, Akron Tomorrow and the City of Akron, our vision for the grades 9-12 STEM high school continues to sharpen in focus and grow in detail.
In particular, our unique relationship with The University of Akron may provide STEM high school students with the opportunity to earn college credits. With this opportunity, students get more than a jump on their future – they get a quantum leap. Long term, we envision the region’s economy and work force growing stronger as a result and more competitive in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as these graduates become professionals. We hope they keep their talents in Akron and reinvent the region. Together, we’ve sparked this momentum. Together, we’ve inspired our students.
21 CLCs are now in operation.