University Of Akron Lakewood Relocating To LHS
The Lakewood Board of Education at its May 15 meeting approved a lease agreement with the University of Akron (UA) that will relocate the University’s Lakewood regional campus from its current space on Warren Road to Lakewood High School. This move will help expand post-secondary educational opportunities for Lakewood High School and other area students.
The agreement makes available to UA six classrooms and two offices during evening hours (4:00PM – 9:00PM) Monday-Friday beginning Aug. 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. In lieu of rent, the university will donate $50,000 annually to the Lakewood High School Community Fitness Center Fund, which goes toward the construction of the new fitness center set to open at the high school this fall.
"This new relationship will provide increased access to a high quality, affordable education for both college students and high school students taking college courses in Western Cuyahoga County,” said Dr. Jarrod Tudor, head of University of Akron Regional Campuses. “We hope that this sharing of public resources proves to be a model for other partnerships between our state's universities and public school districts. We are grateful to Superintendent Patterson and Mayor Mike Summers for their cooperative efforts in bringing this ‘win-win-win’ concept to fruition."
Superintendent Jeff Patterson sees the agreement as another step in the District’s efforts to help students bring the cost of college down by offering easy-to-access classes through the state’s College Credit Plus program.
“Anything we can do to expand the opportunities for our students beyond the traditional high school classroom experience and help families make college more affordable, we embrace,” said Superintendent Jeff Patterson. “We want to make our new high school spaces more available to the community, and that includes the University of Akron, Lakewood.”