Asking For Community Input on Supt. Search

An Open Letter From Our Board President
Posted on 01/29/2021
Image of APS LogoOur search for a new superintendent of schools is progressing. As promised, we are maintaining our transparency throughout this process.

Today, I have an update for you concerning our next step; it involves you as a member of this community. As we accept applications, the Akron Board of Education would like to hear from you. Next week, we will begin surveying and forming focus groups so we can gain input in this process -- groups such as administrators, classroom teachers and support staff (non-teaching). We are also including parents, community members, partners and other stakeholders.

Your input is important to us, and so is your privacy. That is why these surveys will be anonymous. We strongly encourage your participation.

Our consultant, Steve Horton, from Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) will be distributing the survey that will ask you for your thoughts, ideas and concerns about the future of Akron Public Schools. You will also be asked about the traits you would like to see in our next superintendent.

Here is what you can expect to occur and when:

Stakeholder Input Timeline

Week of Feb 1: Surveys distributed to all groups (except parents and families)
Week of Feb 8: Focus groups with PTA groups and Council of PTAs to be selected
Week of Feb 15: Select focus groups with staff, administrators, teachers, union leaders, community partners and other stakeholders
Week of February 22: Surveys distributed to all families within the district.

Again, you will receive an email from Steve Horton from OSBA. Your response is greatly appreciated as the board is eager to incorporate your feedback into our decision-making process.

Together, we will find the best leader to build upon the accomplishments of David W. James, Ed.D. Together, we will AdvanceAPS with our priorities of academic achievement, equity and engagement.

Thank you.


N. J. Akbar, Ph.D.
President, Board of Education
Akron Public Schools
[email protected]
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