The Akron Digital Academy will remain open after a reversal of an earlier decision to close it. And one key board member is making it clear...changes need to be made there.
Akron Public Schools superintendent David James is one of two APS employees on the Digital Academy board. The Akron district sponsors the school. James says that he reversed his vote on the school's closure after hearing from a number of parents.
James says that the reprieve for the Digital Academy doesn't mean things should stay the same at the school.
"The board is going to have to reconcile some of the improvements that I feel are needed," James tells AkronNewsNow.com, "with the management of the school, protocols, things like that."
James says that the Digital Academy's administration needs to be addressed.
"It's not a large operation in terms of students," James says, "but we have quite a few administrative staff."
James points out that the Digital Academy's elementary school has 85 students, and is being subsidized by the academy's high school.
He supports the earlier plan to close two satellite campuses.
"As a digital academy, having it centralized at one location, and then allowing students from their homes to be able to access a curriculum on a computer, I think that would be a good idea," James tells AkronNewsNow.com.
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