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Akron schools superintendent David James to retire in June |

James has worked for the district for 29 years, including 12 years as superintendent.

During his time as superintendent, James oversaw the creation of the district’s College and Career Academies, which offer tracks in various disciplines that partner students with more than 300 businesses, nonprofits, colleges and universities to provide hands-on learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom.

James also led an $800-million effort to construct 36 new school buildings, dubbed “community learning centers.”