APS taps Firestone’s Larry Johnson to oversee high school principals


Firestone principal Larry Johnson leaves high school at the end of the year for a newly created position at central office.

The school board on Monday approved Johnson to fill a senior supervisor position.

Johnson will start the new job on July 1 and earn an annual salary of $138,853.33.

He will oversee secondary school principals at Akron public schools. The district tapped Johnson to fill a similar role earlier in the year, but he returned to Firestone after parents raised concerns about the school climate following his departure.

Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack said parents were notified immediately after the council voted.

“From the moment I joined this community, you have embraced me and trusted me with your precious child/children,” Johnson’s letter read. “Over the past six school years, we have been blessed to work together to meet the needs of our students, create, advocate and advance our beloved Firestone. I hope you know I have enjoyed every moment .”

A search will begin immediately for his replacement, according to the letter.

The secondary principals supervisor is one of five new positions the board approved based on Fowler Mack’s recommendation that administration should expand to better support students and staff, and for the district achieves its goals.

Other positions were a director of operations, a director of safety and security, a director of student and family services, and a coordinator of extended learning.

This story will be updated.

Contact educational journalist Jennifer Pignolet at [email protected], 330-996-3216 or on Twitter @JenPignolet.


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