Board Votes on High School

by Rene Garrett

Plan will merge Kenmore, Garfield.

The Akron Board of Education has voted to create a high school merging Garfield and Kenmore. The board also announced it will have a decision next month where the new high school will be located.

A strong consideration in the search for real estate is that property not already owned by the district or the city would not be paid for by the state. State funding only covers building costs and not the cost of purchasing land for building a new school.  

Another important decision that came out of last night’s meeting (Oct. 10) was to merge Roswell Kent and Innes middle schools at Innes CLC.  

Declining enrollment has led to the decision that involved half a dozen options presented to the board -- beginning several months ago -- by Superintendent David James. Should enrollment continue to decline in the district, there remains the possibility of more consolidation. James has also spent a good deal of time searching for potential building sites in the areas between the Garfield and Kenmore clusters.

“Some of what we have investigated contains environmental concerns of one sort or another,” said James. “Other properties have other issues that concern us. But we are going to continue to look.”

The state of Ohio, which has funded 59% of the building costs in the massive effort to rebuild Akron’s public schools, has told Akron that enrollment projections dictate that it would only fund one more high school. 

APS’ goal is to start construction of the new high school by fall of 2018.

Plan will merge Kenmore, Garfield.

The Akron Board of Education has voted to create a high school merging Garfield and Kenmore. The board also announced it will have a decision next month where the new high school will be located.

A strong consideration in the search for real estate is that property not already owned by the district or the city would not be paid for by the state. State funding only covers building costs and not the cost of purchasing land for building a new school.  

Another important decision that came out of last night’s meeting (Oct. 10) was to merge Roswell Kent and Innes middle schools at Innes CLC.  

Declining enrollment has led to the decision that involved half a dozen options presented to the board -- beginning several months ago -- by Superintendent David James. Should enrollment continue to decline in the district, there remains the possibility of more consolidation. James has also spent a good deal of time searching for potential building sites in the areas between the Garfield and Kenmore clusters.

“Some of what we have investigated contains environmental concerns of one sort or another,” said James. “Other properties have other issues that concern us. But we are going to continue to look.”

The state of Ohio, which has funded 59% of the building costs in the massive effort to rebuild Akron’s public schools, has told Akron that enrollment projections dictate that it would only fund one more high school. 

APS’ goal is to start construction of the new high school by fall of 2018.