Akron City Council and the Akron Public Schools board did something they haven't done in some time on Monday night - hold a joint meeting.
With a sometimes contentious relationship between the city and the school district, Akron City Council president Gary Moneypenny says a peaceful meeting was long overdue.
"In fact, I had people warn me that this wasn't going to work, (saying) 'don't put both those entities in the same room'," Moneypenny tells AkronNewsNow.com. "But you know, you trust your people, I trust members of the school board, and I said, 'you know, we can hold a meeting and we can openly discuss these things.'"
Much of the discussion centered over community access to the district's Community Learning Centers, built with help from the city, with an income tax passed by voters.
School board vice president Lisa Mansfield says the CLCs have been popular, with over 13,000 event requests district-wide so far this year.
"The buildings are busy, so the management of those are handled so well between the city, and...our department at the schools," Mansfield says. "It's good that the council and the school board members are aware of how that works."
Councilmember at large Mike Williams says he'd like to see neighborhood groups be able to use the nearest CLC more easily.
"So certainly, we want to make sure that groups that are centered in that neighborhood around that school are not being excluded, or having any difficulty," Williams tells AkronNewsNow. "So, we'll have some conversations about that."
Moneypenny says he'd like to see a technology solution to make determining availabilty at the CLCs easier and faster.
Moneypenny and other council members say they'd like to get together quarterly with APS board members.