With the new school year kicking off for the Akron Public Schools, the administration felt it only appropriate to recognize their efforts and congratulate them on a job well done. By going on a 'tour' of sorts, they accomplished all that and more.
Superintendent David James says he's been personally congratulating those schools that have raised their level of performace during his tour.
"I've been going out meeting with staff and principals and just telling them how much I appreciate what they're doing and to keep it up," he said.
"I think it's important for myself as a Superintendent and us as an administration to recognize them for all their hard work and that in order for us to keep progressing as a district it doesn't stop here."
From a leadership perspective James says he feels its important to reach out to schools in the district.
"I don't believe in sending other people out there on my behalf," he said. "I'm out there visiting these buildings and just letting people know I appreciate their commitment to Akron's children."
He says that by being accessible and open to suggestions, building morale and focusing on bettering the children's school experience becomes more easier.
"Whenever teachers tell me they need new blinds for their classroom, or newer computers, or anything, I'm there to listen," he explained.
With the start of the new school year, James says the administration, teachers, and support staff are excited for a new beginning.
"Everyone that I've talked to said they're very excited to be coming back to school and they're ready to start the year," he said.
James along with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ellen McWilliams have spoke to teachers at schools such as Kenmore High School, Crouse CLC (Community Learning Center), Helen Arnold CLC, and Harris Elementary School, among many others.