Newly Named Superintendent Accepts Offer From APS

Newly Named Superintendent Accepts Offer From APS
Posted on 04/28/2021
The Akron Public Schools Board of Education has made it official. “In the words of the Stevie Wonder song, it’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” said Board President N.J. Akbar as he began the meeting today at noon.

In the special board session, members voted unanimously to approve the contractual agreement with Christine Fowler-Mack as the new superintendent of Akron Public Schools (APS). Per state statute, her contract will officially commence August 1, 2021.

The district was established in 1847. During the course of the past 174 years, APS has never had a woman superintendent. Fowler-Mack is its first.

Fowler-Mack resumé

Christine Fowler-Mack is 55 and has two school-aged children. She started her career as a teacher in Akron and is a graduate of East High School (CLC). She is in the process of leaving her current position as the chief of portfolio planning, growth and management in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.

Click below for Mrs. Fowler-Mack’s acceptance remarks.

(Christine Fowler-Mack's remarks)

In presenting Fowler-Mack to the public, via a live and virtual board meeting, N.J. Akbar, Ph.D., board president, talked about this “moment” for APS and its new leadership.

(Dr. Akbar’s remarks)

By state statute, superintendents begin contractual obligations on the first of August. Since current Superintendent David W. James, Ed.D., is retiring June 30, the school board must work out an agreement to have the superintendent’s spot filled for the month of July. That announcement is pending.
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