Akron Public Schools’ 300 administrative employees will begin moving into their new office at 10 N. Main St. — the building SummaCare previously occupied — by the end of April.
The district's administrative offices currently are split between two buildings: the Sylvester Small Administration Building at 70 N. Broadway St. and the Conrad C. Ott Building at 65 Steiner Ave.
Starting April 22, district employees will start moving their offices out of the Sylvester Small Administration Building. The move will take about a week and should be finished by April 29, Mark Williamson said in a prepared statement.
District employees in the Conrad C. Ott Building then will relocate to the Main Street building in June.
"This relocation allows our organization to focus on our core mission to serve our students and their families," Superintendent David James said. "It also gives us the opportunity to operate more effectively by having our entire central office in one place. By moving, we are avoiding significant building repair and upgrade costs for the 70 N. Broadway and 65 Steiner Ave. properties that could total several million dollars each."
James previously said the current administrative buildings each are more than 100 years old.
"Between projected maintenance on two extremely old buildings, plus the increased efficiency and lack of gas mileage expenses associated with having everyone in one location, this move makes economic sense," James said. "We're projecting recouping our moving and acquisition costs in under 10 years."
James also said the move will allow the district to cooperate better on more educational projects and partnerships.
The district will have its last board meeting at the North Broadway Street location April 29. Subsequent meetings will then be held in the North Main Street building.
After the move, visitors can park on the north side of the new administrative building on Main Street near state Route 59.
The Main Street building previously was occupied by SummaCare, a health plan that relocated its headquarters and more than 300 employees to the East End business district in March 2017.
In December 2017, the Akron School Board unanimously approved the purchase of the building for $9.1 million and a bond issuance of $10 million.
Akron Public Schools completed the purchase in April 2018 from owner Signet LLC and as part of a land swap involving the city, the county and United Way of Summit County for several properties and parking downtown.
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