We continue to collaborate with the Summit County Public Health (SCPH) about a member of our athletic community who was recently diagnosed with COVID.   Currently, extensive contact tracing efforts are being made and it is expected that any individual who has been identified as having close contact with the affected individual will be contacted by SCPH by the end of the day.  The CDC defines close contact as contact that is less than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes. 

 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 

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Statement Addressing Racism and Inclusion - June 22, 2020

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

 

Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Special Meeting

The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools will have a virtual special meeting on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. for the following reasons:

1.  To pass the Resolution of Necessity for an emergency levy $4,631,284

2.  To pass the Intent to Proceed with the emergency levy $6,500,000

The meeting will be held virtually.

 

Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2020-2021 School Year for the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District will be available online beginning March 17, 2020

Parents/Guardians may begin the enrollment process online by visiting the District website http://smfschools.org/parents/enrollment. Once your enrollment information is complete, follow the next steps online to schedule your enrollment appointment and be prepared to provide the proper documents listed. Kindergarten families will be receiving dates for Kindergarten Information Night at their scheduled enrollment appointment.

Please note - Kindergarten Parents - Students must be five years old on or before August 1, 2020.

If you have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact the Board of Education Office at (330) 689-5445. We look forward to seeing you soon!

May 19, 2020: SMFCSD Board Press Release: Stow-Munroe Falls Schools Rehire Three Teachers French, Japanese Language Programs Restored at High School; Elementary Teacher Retained

Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools News Release
May 19, 2020

For Immediate Release

Jason Whitacre, Board President st_jwhitacre@smfcsd.org

Stow-Munroe Falls Schools Rehire Three Teachers

French, Japanese Language Programs Restored at High School; Elementary Teacher Retained

STOW, OHIO, May 19, 2020 – Three of six teachers recently laid off because of budgetary constraints will be rehired, the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education announced after a May 18, 2020 special meeting.

“This doesn’t make us whole and we’ll certainly still miss the teachers we had to let go, but this is good news,” said Board President Jason Whitacre.

The administration worked for months to find savings and found much of the necessary shortfall in supply cuts and through attrition and retirements, Whitacre said. Finally, as a “complete last resort,” the six teacher positions – three business positions and two foreign language teaching positions at the high school and an elementary school teacher position - were eliminated in a unanimous Board vote on Monday, May 11, 2020. The board did abolish a one-year pilot program at the high school at its special meeting as part of the continuing conversation.

“That said, through ongoing due diligence, internal reviews, and community feedback, as the cuts left the high school with only a Spanish program and as we agree that a school of our size and nature should have more than one foreign language program, the board believed it was appropriate to continue its dialogue on these issues” Whitacre said.

But the language programs had initially been cut in part because of low student demand. “This is a reset,” Whitacre said. “It’s another chance. Now student demand must match the opportunity.”

“There’s still significant uncertainty about next year,” Whitacre said. “The economy, what will happen with the pandemic – much is unknown. What we do know, though, is that we’re very happy we’re able to bring back three of our teachers.”

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Thanks to the support of the Stow and Munroe Falls communities, the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District was able to pass a Permanent Improvement (PI) levy in November of 2016. This investment in our schools will allow us to continually maintain and improve our district’s buildings to meet the needs of our students. Once the levy passed, we wasted no time beginning to make the improvements that are and will be paid for out of PI funds. Click here to view a list of all of the projects completed so far, as well as projects planned for in the future.