Adrian E. Allison

Phone: 330-430-4241


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Superintendent Allison is a 1990 graduate of Canton McKinley Senior High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1994 from Baldwin Wallace College where he was a two-time football All-American and graduated with honors. He earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998. He worked for the Ohio Department of Education in urban education policy, licensure and professional conduct and as the director for the state's Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement. Allison became the district's first African-American superintendent and given an unprecedented 5-year contract in January of 2013.

Adrian E. Allison

Welcome to the Canton City School District website. Here you will find all the latest news on the great things happening in our schools, as well as important information you need for your student and family to have a great education experience.

We are proud to be the largest school district in Stark County serving over 9,000 students. The Canton City School District offers a wide variety of strong academic, vocational, fine arts, athletic, forensic, and other extracurricular activities.

The district has been proactive in anticipating the ever-changing educational landscape by implementing a complete transformational plan. 

It started in the 2013-14 school year with Phase I of the Brighter Tomorrow Plan. To give our students the skills needed to be successful in college and in the job market, we introduced our middle school academy concept which gives middle school students five school/curriculum choices based on their interests. We know that by offering these choices we keep students engaged. Confidence is best achieved through success.

Phase II of the Brighter Tomorrow Plan happened in the 2014-15 school year. This phase focused on our youngest learners. Our 14 elementary schools are now restructured to house grades K-2 Math and Reading Schools and grades 3-5 Leadership Schools. In addition, we have added more preschool classes, including all-day preschool classes for 4-year-olds.

We are making every effort to help our students become successful readers who are prepared to pass the Third Grade Reading Guarantee by grade 3. After that, they will be ready to tackle collaborative projects and have the technical skills needed at our middle school academies as they move forward.

Merging of our two high schools to become one McKinley Senior High School happened in 2015-16 in Phase III of the plan. We feel unity and pride in our district and community as we share the red and black colors and the bulldog mascot.

Phase III of the plan was much bigger than a merger, however. It's about increasing opportunities for our students in regards to advanced curriculum, competitive sports, community partnerships, internships, and exposure to university scholarships and choices.

Our teachers, principals, and other administrators share a common goal of success for our students and they are working together to align curriculum and ensure high quality leadership and instruction district wide.

Please take some time to find out about our ever-growing opportunities for family and community engagement. Our students need the support and participation of families and the Canton community. Many local businesses, community groups, and institutions of higher learning donate their time and resources to our children and we welcome more partnerships. If you would like to be a mentor or volunteer, please click on the link for the Center for Students, Staff and Community Support where you will find an application. We also welcome our families to actively participate in the school environment.

The Brighter Tomorrow Plan is designed to “open the school house doors” so that families are comfortable with school personnel, curriculum and expectations.

The Canton City School District is quickly transforming from "the school of today" to "the school of tomorrow." We are embracing innovative teaching and learning and offering a safe and secure learning environment.

  With thanks,

 Adrian E. Allison