Superintendent Search Update for April 20, 2021

Superintendent Search Update for April 20, 2021
Posted on 04/20/2021
Image of APS LogoGood Day, APS Family:

One of the most important decisions of a board of education is the selection and supervision of the superintendent of schools. The Akron Public Schools Board of Education has entered this process with full reverence to the weight it carries and has been both deliberate and intentional. This deliberative and thorough process has been open and transparent along the way.

Therefore, this update to you is to provide another look into our process.

After hearing from the community, staff, partners and families, the board has decided to move two candidates forward for further consideration. Those two candidates are (in alphabetical order):
  • Christine Fowler-Mack (Cleveland Metropolitan School District)
  • Dr. Sandy Womack (Columbus City Schools)
The board will meet this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to continue its deliberations, including a 30-minute virtual conversation with the two final candidates in the executive session.

I cannot guarantee that the board will be prepared to make a final decision on to whom it will formally make an offer at the conclusion of Thursday's meeting. It is the board's hope to have a final decision and offer made before the end of this month.

As we prepare for the final decision, rest assured that the board is pleased to know that our next superintendent will be an Akron Public Schools graduate.

Lastly, the board wants to take this time to sincerely thank the community and staff for providing valuable feedback in this process. The board has discussed some of the themes and thoughts from our stakeholders in our deliberations. Thank you so much for participating and sharing your voice.

As always, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact any board member.

Thank you!

N. J. Akbar, Ph.D.
President, Board of Education
Akron Public Schools
nakbar@apslearns.org
330.761.2872
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