Superintendent Search Moves Forward

Board Names Chief Diversity Officer
Posted on 03/25/2021
Image of Carla Chapman(Abby Cymerman for West Side Leader/

During the March 22 meeting of the Akron Public Schools (APS) Board of Education, board members recommended Carla Chapman as the district’s first-ever chief diversity officer.

Chapman, who most recently served as APS director of community relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, began her career in the district in 1995 as the Enterprise Community Family Services liaison for several inner-city schools in low-income neighborhoods. She later became a social services specialist and special projects coordinator for the district. According to district documents, Chapman “has dedicated her career to advocating for urban families and children.”

“I am so very thankful for this opportunity,” Chapman said. “For me, this is the culmination of 26 years of work in supporting many others around removing barriers for students and families. And, so, I appreciate the work that is ahead of us.

“I embrace all that we are currently doing and have done, while we will continue to deepen our lens around equity and inclusion in our district and continue to work on behalf of the students we serve,” she added. “And most importantly keeping our eye on consistently doing what is in the best interest of our students and families.”

In continuing the district’s superintendent search, the board reviewed the 27 candidates for the position that will become available when current Superintendent David James retires at the end of this school year. Read more here >>.
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