LeBron James opens new public school in Akron
Jeff Zillgitt | 8/2/2018, 6 a.m.
The building is a renovated school located just down the street from St. Vincent-St. Mary, where James attended high school. School officials didn’t have access to the building until seven weeks ago, and staff worked seven days a week to get the school ready for Monday’s opening.
The entrance to the school features a split staircase with the IPS and LeBron James Family Foundation logos. High on the walls at the entrance are 114 sneakers worn by James. The corresponding pair will be sold by Upper Deck and proceeds will help fund the school and the foundation.
The bottom floor of the building features a mural of James, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The walls of the school are lined with photos of James and children at foundation events. Students will be stocked with school supplies, and teachers will have the tools they need, including a faculty lounge stocked with snacks and beverages and access to workout trainers.
The classrooms will hold 20 students for every teacher, and 12 teachers have been hired for the 2018-19 school year.
There are 43 academic staffers, including a principal, assistant principal, four intervention specialists, tutor, English as a second language teacher, music instructor and a gym teacher.
IPS is a certified STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) school.
The school day is long — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and so is the school year, lasting July 30 to May 17. There will be a seven-week summer school.
Students will be served breakfast, lunch and a snack daily.