Offers More Supports for IPS @ APS

LeBron James Foundation Contributes More
Posted on 10/09/2018
Image of LeBron James Family Foundation logo(Theresa Cottom-Bennett for ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

Last night, Akron school board members voted unanimously to accept additional money from the LeBron James Family Foundation for the I Promise School, bringing the foundation’s total contributions to nearly $3 million.

The board accepted the gift at its October 8, 2018, meeting. The foundation’s additional $412,000 will go toward additional student mentoring, tutoring and coaching supports; the extended-day Illumination Period, where kids have an extra hour of school for extracurricular activities; a full-time assistant principal, which was previously a part-time position; and additional substitutes for days staff members have professional development, which takes place every Wednesday.

The contribution is in addition to $343,000 that the board accepted from the foundation in June for reducing class sizes and other supports.

Over the course of building the I Promise School, which opened in July, the foundation also gave more than $2 million for building improvements, technology for classrooms, furniture, wiring and the school’s family resource center, which provides resources for the students’ families.
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