Voters in Akron elected three new members to the Akron Public Schools Board of Education Tuesday. One of them made history.
N.J. Akbar is the first openly LGBTQ Muslim elected in Ohio. Akbar is the assistant dean of University College at Kent State University. He said he was encouraged to run by a colleague at the university.
With his new position, Akbar wants to examine equity policies, increase flexibility in the academic calendar and be transparent about how the board operates.