Board Votes on Name For Newest CLC

Also Makes Decision on School Uniforms
Posted on 05/12/2021
In a unanimous vote, 7-0, the Akron Public Schools Board of Education decided to name the newest and final community learning center to be built Garfield CLC. APS has built 33 new community learning centers, to date. This will be number 34.

Choices presented to the board by Superintendent David W. James, Ed.D., were Garfield, Kenmore-Garfield and South CLC, a name chosen by students who were part of an ongoing community discussion on the topic led by Project Ujima. Project Ujima is a community organization that specializes in facilitating discussion circles on a variety of community topics.

Garfield CLC is scheduled to open in August 2022 and will take over as the high school serving both the Garfield (south Akron) and Kenmore (southwest Akron) communities as the former Kenmore High School does now under the name Kenmore-Garfield.

There was discussion during the meeting of considering a repurposing of Kenmore High School that Superintendent James has wanted to pursue once a building audit is done to include the heating and air conditioning systems, roof and more.

The board took on another topic that has created some discussion among families at Akron Public Schools. Following results of a family survey on the suitability of continuing the moratorium on school uniforms for elementary and middle school students, the board voted to extend the suspension of the district's policy for student uniforms.

That means, it will not require students who returned to in-person school this year to be in uniforms and will consider extending that to next school year as well. Survey results were overwhelmingly against forcing students to wear school uniforms as they had done prior to COVID-19.
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