Longtime Summit County pastor, parent Michael Atkinson runs for Summit Board of Education seat

Michael Atkinson/Courtesy photo
Michael Atkinson is running for a Summit Board of Education seat on Nov. 7.
Michael Atkinson/Courtesy photo

Michael Atkinson, a senior pastor at The Church at Agape Outpost and a parent of two Summit High School students, is running for a seat on the Summit Board of Education in the Nov. 7 election. 

In 1989, Atkinson founded the Summit County Christian School where he served as a teacher, administrator and eventually a board member. The school serves students in grades kindergarten through eight and focuses on “Christ-centered” education. 

In a statement announcing his candidacy, Atkinson said he does not believe are being heard or represented adequately by current district leadership. Atkinson, “believes teachers are underpaid and often deterred from doing their jobs.”

Atkinson stated he believes students are being persuaded to “adopt ideologies and values without understanding” and wants to “stop subverting the values and relationships of parents and their children.”

Atkinson said he would focus on improving the district’s accreditation status while focusing on spending that aids teachers and students rather than funding “executive staff and consultants.”

In total, four board seats are up for election this November, with eight candidates announced.

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