The Akron Public Schools announced the elimination of 93 positions Monday, including 31 teachers and 35 tutors. Much of the blame for the layoffs was placed on the merger of Kenmore High School and Garfield High School.
Akron School Board President Patrick Bravo and School Board member Lisa Mansfield joined Jasen Tuesday to talk about what the layoffs will mean for students and whether some of the laid off staff members could still get jobs within the district.
A very well-known figure in Akron's art and education circles is leaving one job for an "unspecified" change of pace. Weathervane Theater's Lisa Mansfield -- who also serves on Akron's school board -- is leaving the theater the end of the month. Mansfield tells WAKR she will be stepping down to take a position as Community Outreach Specialist with incoming Summit County Probate Judge Elinor Marsh Stormer. She says she will continue with her term on the Akron Public School Board through 2017. Mansfield's last day with Weathervane is effective Saturday, December 31st.
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(Weathervane Playhouse) After successfully co-leading Weathervane Playhouse for the past year and a half and serving at the Playhouse for more than 11 years, Lisa Mansfield is stepping down as Managing Director as of December 31, 2016.During her time at Weathervane, Mansfield worked in several capacitates including Patron Services Manager, Group Sales, Education Programs Coordinator, and then her current role as Managing Director. Mansfield served as Co-director with Artistic Director Melanie Pepe since 2015.
“Lisa has brought an energy and grace to Weathervane that has been very visible and much appreciated,” said Debbie Davis, President of the Board of Trustees. “Her community outreach activities have been invaluable. Her warmth and affability are irreplaceable. She promises that she will not be a stranger to Weathervane.”Under Mansfield’s leadership, the Playhouse has seen growth in subscriptions, ticket sales, and donations. She is proud of her efforts in creating strong community partnerships and tie-ins with productions such as involving the Red Cross for Dracula, hair donations for Wigs for Kids during Hair, and a canned food drive with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank during A Christmas Carol.
“A new opportunity has been presented for me, and I feel called to accept the challenge. I hope to remain a champion for improving the lives of those in our community, just as I have been called to do in my various roles with Weathervane,” said Mansfield. Melanie Pepe will remain at the helm as Artistic Director and in management of the current and interim staff during the search for a new Managing Director. Mansfield will be beginning her role as Community Outreach Specialist for Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer in Summit County Probate Court early next year.