Update on FHS Project

by Rene Garrett

Published May 30, 2016, ohiocom/Akron Beacon Journal, Writer Colette Jenkins.

A group of Firestone High School juniors is hoping that current and future members of their school community will build on the past as they move forward and transition into a new building.

To help make that happen, they have documented the school’s history — via videotaped oral histories, PowerPoint slide shows and presentation boards — as part of a college writing course. The project will become part of the school library’s permanent collection, when the new $83 million, 378,000-square-foot, three-story Firestone/Litchfield building opens this fall.

“In the future, there will be new students and teachers who know nothing about the history of Firestone or the building we are currently in,” said Theresa Stafford, 16. “This project will give them a chance to look back and see where we came from and improve upon it.”

The project will be on display at the current building, 333 Rampart Ave., during a farewell tour 6-8 p.m. Friday. The building is scheduled to be razed this summer.

As community members walk through the building, Akron Public Schools officials are challenged with deciding which of the eight remaining projects being considered in an overall $800 million school construction program will actually be completed. The construction project is funded in part by voters who approved a 0.25 percent increase to the city income tax in 2003, with the state paying 59 percent toward construction and renovations of school district buildings. Read more at >>.

Published May 30, 2016, ohiocom/Akron Beacon Journal, Writer Colette Jenkins.

A group of Firestone High School juniors is hoping that current and future members of their school community will build on the past as they move forward and transition into a new building.

To help make that happen, they have documented the school’s history — via videotaped oral histories, PowerPoint slide shows and presentation boards — as part of a college writing course. The project will become part of the school library’s permanent collection, when the new $83 million, 378,000-square-foot, three-story Firestone/Litchfield building opens this fall.

“In the future, there will be new students and teachers who know nothing about the history of Firestone or the building we are currently in,” said Theresa Stafford, 16. “This project will give them a chance to look back and see where we came from and improve upon it.”

The project will be on display at the current building, 333 Rampart Ave., during a farewell tour 6-8 p.m. Friday. The building is scheduled to be razed this summer.

As community members walk through the building, Akron Public Schools officials are challenged with deciding which of the eight remaining projects being considered in an overall $800 million school construction program will actually be completed. The construction project is funded in part by voters who approved a 0.25 percent increase to the city income tax in 2003, with the state paying 59 percent toward construction and renovations of school district buildings. Read more at >>.