The future of Case Elementary School is still up in the air, but plans for the school's rebuild were approved by the Akron school board on Monday.
It's part of "segment 5" of APS school construction, the next step in a plan that's gotten smaller over the years due to declining enrollment.
Superintendent David James recommends rebuilds of Ellet High School and Case Elementary, and shared that vision with board members in a presentation.
James says both schools can be rebuilt on existing sites, with Case students using the district's "swing space" during construction.
"With Case, we have some swing space availability at 400 West Market, because King is gone out of there since they're in their new building," James says. "And then, tear down Case and rebuild it on its current site."
But the city of Akron took Case off the list at a review board meeting earlier Monday.
James' presentation called for a rebuilt two-story Case on its existing site.
Board members in closed-door executive session approved moving ahead with Superintendent James' plan, to get the process rolling.
School board president Lisa Mansfield says she hopes the city and the district can easily resolve issues about Case's future.
James says the school facilities update is tied to state enrollment projections, which are down again this time.
"And so they look out to 2020-21, and their projection is that we'll have a little over 19,000 students," James says.
James says it's hard to make projections for clusters like Kenmore, with low enrollment in buildings there...in many cases below state minimums to allow for new construction.
Shortly before 11 Sunday night , a resident, in the 600 block of Baldwin Road, heard glass breaking near her apartment. When she went outside to check, she saw a man attempting to climb into a broken window at Strickland's Ice Cream on Triplett Boulevard. The suspect was unable to get into the business through the window and walked away.
Responding officers found the suspect, Jerrid Everitt Hill, 29, who is reported homeless, near other businesses in the 1900 block of Triplett Boulevard. Hill had a syringe and a rock in his pocket. Hill was charged with breaking and entering, possession of drug instruments and possession of criminal tools. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.
Another Akron high school was placed on lockdown just after 11:30 this morning, but this time the threat was closer than any crime being committed in the neighborhood. The doors were locked after a student who was serving an in-school suspension bolted from the school around 9:15 Monday morning, then returned two hours later. He was re-admitted to the building to discuss how his in-school suspension would be turned into an out of school suspension because he left the school without permission .
Akron Public Schools Communications Director Mark Williamson says thats when the student became agitated ran from the school again, then re-entered the building, and left again. When he tried to re-enter Kenmore for the third time he was stopped at the door. Williamson says that's when an Akron Police resource officer discovered he had a gun. He was taken into custody by Akron Police.
The student was arrested and taken into custody. He was charged with criminal trespass, carrying a concealed weapon, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.
A student that interfered with the arrest, was charged with obstructing justice.
They will be placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Court.
The school resource officer, a 12 year veteran, was taken to a local hospital with an arm injury sustained during the resisting.
Williamson says the learning process at Kenmore High School continued uninterrupted, and the students were safe and secure.
The lockdown ended shortly before 12:30 Monday afternoon.
Here is the letter sent to the parents of Kenmore High School students.
Dear Kenmore High School Parent:
Shortly after 11:30am today, Akron Public Schools locked all exterior doors at Kenmore High School after a suspended student made two attempts to enter the building. Both times, he was denied entry; upon his second attempt, our Akron police resource officer intercepted the young man and discovered he had been carrying a gun.
We released the lockdown at 12:28pm.
During the lockdown, there was no interruption of the learning process and all students were safe and secure.
We thank the staff at Kenmore for following security protocol that kept this armed student from entering our building.
And, as always, our thanks to the Akron Police Department for all they do for us every day. We work closely with law enforcement on the procedures and plans to maintain safety in our schools for students and staff.
Editor's note: in this news release from the Akron Police Department we have opted to remove the names of the two juveniles arrested. It is our policy to not name juveniles charged with crimes unless certain criteria is met, such as murder or other violent crimes and such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by our editors.
Akron Police are looking for a gunman who robbed a couple late Saturday night. A 41 year old man and 28 year old woman were robbed at gunpoint, in the 800 block of Bisson Avenue. The victims reported they just were getting out of the man's car when the suspect approached them, pulled out a gun and demanded the victim's property. The robber took the woman's cell phone and the man's car keys. The suspect then fled in the victim's car, a maroon, 1995, Buick Regal, two-door, with Ohio registration FGD4281. The victims were not injured.
The suspect is a black male wearing a white mask, gloves, a white t-shirt and black pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.
Two programs are underway to address hunger among children in Green - and the numbers appear to be growing. One helps keep bellies full in the morning, and the other helps reduce hunger on the weekends.
Jennifer Doerrer heard about Blessings in a Backpack and how it was being used in other school districts in Summit County, so she decided to ask school administrators in Green if there was a need. Doerrer says she was shocked to find out that there was a need and it's a need that is getting stronger.
"There's no reason for this," said Doerrer. "There's just absolutely no reason that a child should be hungry at any point. We have the means to do away with this problem, epecially here in this community. As soon as I found that there was a need, I just said 'this problem will end in this community now.'"
Blessings in a Backpack provides food to any student, whether they are receiving free/reduced lunches or not, whose parents say it's okay for them to bring it home. It's intended to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for a child for the entire weekend. She says most backpacks contain about seven items but Doerrer gets so many donations that the backpacks in Green usually have 9 - 10 items.
"Last year we had 150 children," said Doerrer. "This year, once all of the numbers are collected, we are expecting somewhere between 300 and 400 children."
Part of the increase is linked to a program expansion that includes high school students. Those students, who may be embarrassed that they don't have enough food, have the option of texting a request, then picking up the backpack of food inconspicuously.
The Blessings in a Backpack program, which has participating schools across the country, was one thing that prompted Food Services Manager Amie Payne to inquire about adding a school breakfast program when she came to Green about a year ago. It started this school year and it's a hit. Prior to that, Doerrer and her husband were paying for breakfast foods for children at Green Intermediate School when they found out that students were arriving hungry in the mornings, prompting teachers to bring food with them.
"I'm very pleased with the numbers that we have," said Payne.
It's not just for students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, although they do get a price break. Bulldog Breakfast Bags are available to any students.
"Even if the pantries are full at home, whether it's time or something they don't care for or some students don't like to get up and eat breakfast as soon as they get up," said Payne.
Making sure that students are operating on a full stomach serves another purpose as well, according to Julie McMahan, a district spokesperson.
"We're setting up not only the children to succeed academically in the classrooms but we're also enabling the teachers to do what they do best, teacher, without the worry or concern of children being hungry," said McMahan.
Blessings in a Backpack depends on donations. There are about 60 volunteers.
Ohio's BMX bike racers crowned champions over the weekend at the Akron BMX track near Derby Downs.
But before they become champions, racers have to practice and learn from the experts.
That's what happened before racing on Saturday, with pro racers from DK Bikes conducting a clinic.
Steve Fox with Akron BMX says BMX bike racing attracts both those who just want to have fun, and those who want to make a career out of it.
"My one daughter, she does it for fun...she could care less about going on and making a career of it," Fox says. "My oldest son...he's dead set. He trains for it, and he wants to go to the Olympics. That's his goal."
Among those hoping for Olympic glory is 15 year-old Adam Nelson.
"Two or three years ago, when I saw it on TV, I saw it...dang, that was really fast," Nelson says, "I just looked up to them and I wanted to be like them."
Video: Jeff Looker, WAKR
Fox says the sport is attracting a larger number of girls, who compete at the state level and win.
17 year old Jessica Johnson remembers her first bike wreck...quickly realizing it wasn't as easy as just riding a bike on the street.
"My first practice, I showed all my friends my cuts, and they're like 'oh, you wrecked on your bike," Jessica recalls. "I'm like 'yeah, I'm going 15 miles per hour and I face planted on the dirt. It's going to hurt."
Clint Fry is 32 years old. He's been BMX riding for 27 years, and now rides with his own kids.
"I stay in shape and I do it with my own boys," he says. "They're 10, seven and three (years old)."
Fox with Akron BMX says the young riders get a lot from the pros who conduct clinics...who "live to ride" like they do.
A candlelight vigil was held over the weekend in remembrance of Laura Zborowski, the bus driver who lost her life saving a 10-year old girl from getting run over during a safety drill.
Friends and family gathered outside Middlebury Academy in Akron on Saturday, the location of the accident, to pay their respects to the brave 51-year-old.
Zborowski was helping the girl off the bus during the drill when the bus began to move backwards. She tossed the girl out of the bus' path, but was not able to get herself out of the way in time.
Friends tell NewsChannel 5 that they aren't at all surprised by her heroic actions and that she was always very active in giving back to the community.
They say Zborowski was a single mother, and a recent cancer survivor.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Monday morning. The Laura Zborowski Heroic Memorial Fund has been set up to help her family, at area KeyBank locations.
On the Web: WEWS NewsChannel 5, www.newsnet5.com
A Barberton man is charged with murder, after a fight that broke out early Sunday at a gathering in Portage County that resulted in the death of another man.
The Portage County Sheriff's Office says 25 year-old Christopher Kiehl of Barberton and 26 year-old Kyle Fox got into a fight at the home in Edinburg Township at just before 1 AM. Fox was shot and killed.
Kiehl was taken into custody at the scene, and taken to the Portage County Jail, where he faces a murder charge. He's being held on no bond.
He'll be arraigned in Portage County Court on Monday afternoon at 1:15 PM.
High School football scores for 9-19-14
Copley 28 - Green 7
Garfield 28 - Firestone 14
Mogadore 34 - Springfield 6
Young. Mooney 35 - St. Vincent-St. Mary 10
Tallmadge 13 - Wadsworth 7
Stow 35 - Cuyahoga Falls 7
Ravenna 14 - Field 7
Coventry 35 - Kent Roosevelt 33
East 7 - Kenmore 0
Archbishop Hoban 38 - Barberton 12
Crestwood 49 - Norton 14
Hudson 41 - Brunswick 14
Jackson 35 - Lake 28
Mentor 54 - Twinsburg 7
Nordonia 44 - Highland 21
Revere 42 - Cloverleaf 14
Fairless 28 - Manchester 21
Columbus St. Francis de Sales 35 - Buchtel 27
CVCA 13 - Canton Timken 0
Canton McKinley 28 - North Canton Hoover 21
Chippewa 63 - Rittman 7
Streetsboro 55 - Rootstown 14
Waterloo 17 - Garrettsville 0
Woodridge 37 - Southeast 7
The number of OVI checkpoints are on the rise again in northeast Ohio thanks to federal dollars. Bill Holland of the Summit County Sheriff's office says an increase in grant funding for the checkpoints and other traffic crackdowns are allowing the department to conduct more of them this year, and drivers are taking notice. " We're doing the best we can to get these drivers off the road. It's doing something because a lot of people talk about it and wonder where the checkpoints are, so it's making people think twice about driving while impaired."
The Summit County Sheriff's Department just received more than $300,000 in federal grants for the OVI checkpoints, saturation patrols and educational programs to keep drunk drivers off the road.
While the Summit County OVI Task Force has stepped up its checkpoints the Ohio State HIghway Patrol is doing the same with no less than four scheduled for this weekend.