The mission of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District is to “Provide Inspiration to Make a Difference in the World.” This cannot be accomplished if our students or staff feel unwelcome, uninvited, or unimportant. As a predominantly white school district, we have not been sufficiently mindful of the racial discrimination – both intentional and unintentional – that our non-white students and staff face on a daily basis. We further recognize that our past efforts, however well intentioned, have not done enough to promote an inclusive and anti-discriminatory culture within the SMFCSD community. We must improve, and the first step is to acknowledge that racism exists here in Stow-Munroe Falls and affirm that Black lives matter.
While we have policies in place to discourage and denounce racism in our schools, words without action are meaningless. On Friday, June 5th, our district held a “listening luncheon” where several Black community members were invited to share their experiences. Based on what we heard, we have launched a focused effort led by our K-6 curriculum director, Iisha Collier. She will chair the committee as the designee of our superintendent, and will be assisted by volunteer co-vice chairs, Riverview Elementary principal Traci Kosmach, and Athletic Director Cyle Feldman. This public-facing endeavor will include a committee on racism and inclusivity with the purpose of establishing a vision, defining goals, and developing action steps to promote equity in our schools.
This is a priority for our district. We are committed to protecting our staff, our students and our families from discrimination, and producing real change for them.
Tom Bratten, Superintendent
Iisha Collier, Chair
Traci Kosmach and Cyle Feldman, Volunteer Co-Vice Chairs
Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education