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Akron Schools Superintendent Withdraws From Bid to Lead Columbus Schools

Akron Superintendent David James say the rules for schools are unevenly enforced and constantly changing.
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Akron Superintendent David James say the rules for schools are unevenly enforced and constantly changing.

The leader of Akron’s public schools says he’s withdrawing his name from consideration to lead the largest school district in the state.

Superintendent David James was one of two finalists vying to become superintendent of Columbus City Schools, but said in a letter today  he was asked by the Akron Board of Education and countless families, employees and community leaders to reconsider.

James explained his interest in the Columbus post during his State of the Schools speech earlier this month.

“Throwing my name in the hat for the Columbus City Schools superintendent position is not about the school board, not about my staff, not about the community, nor anyone in this room," James said. "It’s really about the opportunity to be challenged in a unique way.”

James called the Columbus position “compelling,” but says after the outpouring of support, he wants to remain in Akron.

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Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.