October Update

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October 2020

I can’t say it often enough.  Our students and families have been so supportive as we began this very unusual school year.  We appreciate and acknowledge all you are doing at home to help your students succeed in this challenging environment.  Our teachers, staff and administrators are committed to reinventing, adapting and changing their work, while keeping education of all students as the top priority.   Thank you again for all you do.

George Joseph
Kent City Schools Superintendent

News and updates

Picture of tent number 1 at Roosevelt stadium Picture of tent number 2 at Roosevelt Stadium.

  • Two large tents have been leased and erected at the stadium to serve as outdoor locker rooms for Roosevelt home football games on October 2, 9 and 16.
  • In response to the increased use of the Internet by our teachers and students during the pandemic, we recently upgraded fiber lines and increased bandwidth at our buildings.
  • Congratulations to Benjamin Mudrak, who was recently named a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Ben is an early graduate of Roosevelt High School.
  • Free Covid-19 testing will be available on Friday, October 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Summit County Public Health building at 1867 West Market in Akron. Insurance will be billed, if applicable.  There is no cost to those who are uninsured.

Planning for building improvements moving ahead
Thanks to the support of Kent voters who approved a $25 million “No New Tax” Bond Issue in the spring, plans are progressing on a number of projects and upgrades in the district.  Teachers, administrators, coaches and others met recently with representatives from ThenDesign Architecture and Shook Construction Co. to review preliminary plans for a new gymnasium and fieldhouse at Roosevelt, as well as upgrades to the Richard Roberts Auditorium.

Layouts of the proposed 14,000-square-foot gym, which includes a new entryway, ticket booth, concession stand, locker rooms, restrooms, multi-purpose room and other amenities, were reviewed.  The field house, located near the Roosevelt football stadium, will have a ticket booth, concession stand, restrooms, locker rooms and an athletic training room.

Preliminary plans for changes to the 50-year-old Richard Roberts Auditorium include adding two aisleways on the main floor level featuring runway lights on the floors and new LED lighting throughout.  Seats will be replaced with square back seats with wooden armrests and red upholstery, new carpeting and include additional handicapped accessible seats in front and back of the auditorium.