Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, joined with other TPS officials and community leaders to announce that Jones Leadership Academy will become a High School of Business in 2018-2019, with an emphasis on preparing students to become the business leaders of tomorrow.

The news was made during a news conference on Monday, May 7, at the school, 430 Nebraska Ave.

Jones, which will graduate its inaugural graduating class in just a few weeks, will now have a Career Technology focus on business in an effort to ensure that students are prepared for college and 21st century careers after high school.

Starting with the upcoming 2018-19 school year, JLA students will take classes focused on marketing, finance and other business-related courses. To insure that students will continue to achieve their academic goals – and be prepared for college and a future of working in their chosen fields - several changes are being made to benefit students:

· High school students will follow a more traditional format of boys and girls taking their classes together so they can learn the interpersonal skills necessary for today’s workplace.

· The 7th and 8th grade students will continue to follow a gender-specific model, although they will be separated by class rather than wings of the school and girls in the other. Students will come together for school-wide activities and projects.

· Since technology is a focus at JLA, all 7th and 8th graders will receive a Chrome Book to help with their studies, while full-time high school students will be given mini-laptops.

These changes are being made with the best interests of our students in mind but we understand that there will be questions, so we’ve set the following meetings so you can learn more:

• Jones Leadership Academy: Wednesday, May 9 – 5:30 p.m.
• Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls: Thursday, May 10 – 5:30 p.m.
• MLK Academy for Boys – Thursday, May 10 – 6:30 p.m.