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Head of Akron Schools David James Delivers Final State of the Schools Address

Akron Schools Superintendent David James
M.L. Schultze
After nearly 30 years with the Akron Public school system, Superintendent David James gives his last State of the Schools Address ahead of his planned retirement this summer. James highlights one of the school district's achievements, the College and Career Academies of Akron, during his address.

Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James delivered his final state of the schools address Thursday. James will retire this summer after 13 years as superintendent and 29 years with the district.

James has led an innovative effort to adopt the College and Career academies model for Akron schools. He noted the district recently received a $1.5 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation that will help the district build opportunities through the academies.

“This will jump-start a master planning process to create systems and structures needed to strategically plan and build the infrastructure required to implement and sustain the vision of making our College and Career Academies of Akron, a K-12 transformation,” James said.

He says the grant will help the district fulfill its goal of creating a K-12 experience that will be a foundational change for the district.

Read the full state of the schools address below:

Melissa Meyers is a senior at Kent pursuing a major in broadcast journalism. Along with interning at WKSU, she is also involved with Kent State's student-run news station, TV2 News. She currently anchors and produces the 6 pm newscast. After college she hopes to get a job working as a news reporter/anchor.