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What is the Central Learning Center?
The Central Learning Center is a unique school in the heart
of Akron. It is being used as “swing space” (an alternative site
for a school) during the construction of the district’s
community learning centers. The Central Learning Center provides
a safe learning site during the district’s 15-year construction
program – Akron Community Learning Centers.
Where is the Central Learning Center
The Central Learning Center is located at 400 W. Market St. and
formerly housed the regional McDonald’s headquarters and Summa
Health System’s insurance center. The 97,000-square-foot
building is situated on 8.28 acres with parking for 240 cars.
Why did the district purchase the
Central Learning Center?
When schools are demolished prior to new construction, some
students must be relocated to alternative sites known as “swing
space.” The Central Learning Center is centrally located and can
serve as swing space for 17 or 18 elementary schools during the
entire construction period. The facility is large enough to
house two schools of 450 students each.
What is the advantage of moving our
children to this site?
Some of the school grounds are too small to keep the existing
school operational while new construction takes place. Moving
children to the W. Market St. CLC allows children to learn in a
modern, attractive, efficient and safe facility during
construction. The entire school will move to this site, and
children will not be split up by grades or separated. The
district can avoid higher costs for purchasing trailers and/or
rent for space in church basements as originally recommended in
the Master Facility Plan. The Central Learning Center is
conveniently located in the heart of Akron and can be used for
all schools. The location has plenty of parking, unlike most of
our schools; and the facility is on a bus line.
How much did the building cost, and how much will it
cost to renovate?
The facility was originally valued at $12.5 million. However,
APS purchased the Central Learning Center for $8.5 million. The district is
using Issue 10 funds already earmarked for purchasing or leasing and remodeling
temporary swing space to pay for the building. The original estimate to
transform the building from offices into schools was $5 million; however, actual
costs were around $3.5 million for renovations.
How can the district afford the cost of purchasing and
remodeling this building?
The funds used to build community learning centers are not part
of the district's general operating funds. As you recall, in 2003 the community
overwhelmingly approved Issue 10, a temporary, quarter-of-one-percent income
tax. The money generated by the income tax provides the 41 percent local match
the state requires in order for APS to qualify for OSFC funds. These funds can
only be used toward the expenses related to the proposed CLCs. More than $13
million of Issue 10 funds were earmarked for land acquisition and swing space.
Anticipated land purchases are less than previously expected. By purchasing the
Central Learning Center, the district saved money. The original master
facilities plan called for temporary modular units, or trailers, to house
children during the construction period. These temporary units cost
approximately $3 million each. The district anticipated needing at least two in
the first segment alone. Now these units will not have to be purchased and
erected in Akron neighborhoods. Also, unlike leased facilities or trailers, this
facility retains value to the district after the construction is complete. The
building can be sold or used for administrative offices. In addition, the OSFC
is providing $1.2 million to remodel this facility into classroom space. Issue
10 and OSFC funds will adequately pay for the purchase of the building and the
estimated $3.5 million in remodeling costs.
How much space will be leased to other
tenants? What will be done with the revenue generated from
leasing the space?
The Central Learning Center is 97,000 square feet. Of that,
the construction management team is leasing 4,500 square feet
for offices. In addition, the Akron Summit Community Action
Agency had a long-term lease in place with the former owners.
The ASCA will continue to occupy 10,000 square feet. The
remaining 82,500 square feet is used for educational purposes.
The OSFC requires and pays for a dedicated space for the
construction management team. The district had planned to
construct or rent space for the team offices but now has the
opportunity to create offices at the Central Learning Center and
lease the space to the team. The revenue generated from both
tenants is being returned to the district's general fund to
operate the district.
What renovations were done to
prepare for the first day of school?
The entire building was renovated to create two separate
schools. The interior of the building was entirely
reconfigured to represent a school environment, rather than
business offices. Nearly all of the old office partitions and
doors were removed and replaced with classroom partitions,
doors and corridors. The schools will share the learning
resource center and cafeteria, and times will be scheduled to
keep the students separated. The building was equipped with
new fire sprinklers, fire alarms, public address systems,
emergency power, security, lighting and air conditioning. A new
playground is located just outside the building and secured
with fencing and gates. Other exterior areas, including
driveways and parking areas, were modified to allow for
safe navigation of yellow buses, provide ample visitor and staff
parking, and reinforce security measures.
When were renovations completed?
Renovations were completed in two segments. The first
phase, which includes the first floor, was completd by June
1, 2005. Work on other floors was completed by July 22,
Will people be allowed to come in and
look at the building before the school opens?
We scheduled an open house for parents after renovations
were completed. We wanted to show
parents the plans for the facilities. We also wanted to discuss
the steps we took to make sure the Central Learning Center
is an inviting, secure place.
Is the site a suitable learning
The building is secure, air-conditioned, well-lit, efficient and
much newer than any of our schools. The building is handicap
accessible with two elevators.
Which schools will swing into the
Central Learning Center?
Fairlawn (renamed Judith A. Resnik Community Learning
Center) and David Hill elementary schools were the first to
occupy the space. Future schools will be determined as the
project progresses and future needs are assessed.
When will students move to the
Fairlawn (renamed Judith A. Resnik Community Learning
Center) and David Hill elementary schools moved in the
beginning of the 2005-06 school year. Glover and Ritzman elementary schools will use the Central Learning Center for the 2007-08 school year. Portage Path will move into the Central Learning Center in January 2009, replacing Glover.
How long will my child attend the
Central Learning Center?
Depending on construction schedules and weather conditions, a
typical elementary school is built in 18-24 months.
The school day:
How is the school day laid out?
How will children get to school?
Children will be transported to and from school by APS yellow
school buses; however, parents always have the option of
transporting their children by car. Pick-ups are at various
times, depending on the location.
Why is the school day starting later?
One of the schools will have a later start time because APS must
triple-route buses in order to pick up students in each
neighborhood and transport them to the Central Learning Center.
Will the Central Learning Center have a
An outdoor playground was included in the renovation plans. In
addition, officials are exploring a variety of options for
providing physical education.
What about security? Will the school be
The same safety precautions in place at all Akron elementary schools will be
in place at the Central Learning Center. These include door
buzzers and visitor sign-ins. In addition, Akron Public Schools
will provide a full-time security team to keep the children safe
while at school.
Will before- and after-school care be
Akron Public Schools is meeting with various community agencies
to seek child-care options for parents.
Will the children from both schools
interact with each other?
Each school will occupy a separate floor and will basically
How will the lunch and recess periods
Lunch schedules will be staggered to accommodate the
starting and dismissal times of each school. The cafeteria
accommodates 216 students at a time.
|First shift lunch and recess
||11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
Second shift lunch and recess
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Half of the first-shift students go to the cafeteria at 11:30
a.m. while the other half go to the playground. Second-shift students remain in classrooms. Approximately halfway through the
45-minute lunch period, the first-shift students switch
locations. Building principals will decide approximate times
within the lunch periods for primary and intermediate lunch and
recess. First-shift students return to class at 12:15 p.m. The
second-shift students repeat the process from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
If the swing space houses two schools
and the lunch periods are separate, will each school have its
own cafeteria workers?
We anticipate the child nutrition staff currently working at
each school will work with their school's lunch program at the
Central Learning Center.
I am very active in my child's school. Will I be able
to continue my volunteer work and come and go like I do now?
You can continue to volunteer in your child's school. We welcome
your interest and the investment of your time to enhance your child's education.
I thought Fairlawn students would stay at the original
school while the new building was constructed. What changed?
The original master plan called for the new Fairlawn to be built
next to the old Fairlawn, meaning students could stay in the old building while
the new building was constructed. As community planning progressed, parents
overwhelmingly urged the district to build the new school on the same site as
the old school. That means the old school had to be demolished before new
construction could begin. Students, therefore, moved to the Central Learning
Center for the duration of the construction.
What if my child forgets something at
home? I don’t have a car.
The Central Learning Center is centrally located and is
right on a bus line.
If I have more questions, who can I contact?
E-mail your questions to email@example.com,
or ask your child’s school principal.