The Akron school board tonight authorized the district to begin its search for a principal to head the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school, which will open next fall in the former Central-Hower High School.
The new principal will be paid $93,732 and will have a say in the hire of staff for the new school, who must interview for the positions.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM middle school will graduate its first class of 8th graders this spring. District officials are still talking to parents to see how many of them want their children to continue their STEM-focused education into high school.
The new high school will begin with just 9th graders and then add a class each year until all four years are filled. The district expects that most of the students will come from the STEM middle school, but may open up some slots to freshmen from other middle schools if space allows.
Superintendent David James said that Central Hower has up-to-date laboratory facilities and will be ready to go next fall. The school's proximity to the University of Akron campus should make collaboration easier. UA is one of the major partners in the National Inventors Hall of Fame School.