Superintendent's Message


Mike Barnes

As we move closer to the new year, we also move closer to the opening of the renovated Taft building, which will be called the Taft Center for Innovation. The building, which will open in January, will house our Board of Education offices, our new all-day preschool program, and our partners in higher education.

We believe this new space will create an amazing synergy for our administrators, staff and students as we see our innovative vision of providing our students the education and advantage they need from PreK through college all under the same roof. This vision will grow as we eventually expand our full-day PreK and add more higher learning partners to our current partners in the University of Akron and Cuyahoga Community College.

Innovation will also happen in our new professional learning space that has been created where the former school’s gym once stood. Here, our staff members will have a place to come together to learn best practices with each other so that we are providing the best instruction possible for our students. It is so critical that our teachers, administrators and staff are continually learning just as our students.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new space with the community with an Open House in January. We hope to have that date soon to share with you.

If you have any comments or concerns regarding this or any other District initiatives, please consider attending my next Listen & Learn session. It will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at 9 am at Play Grounds Café, located at 15715 Madison Avenue. It is a great way to share ideas and for me to hear your valuable feedback. Two additional sessions will be held later in the year.

Michael J. Barnes, Ed.D




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