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Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Revises Bell Schedules

     STOW, OH – (July 27, 2018) – The Stow-Munroe Falls City School District has recently revised the school bell schedule for each of its buildings, set to take effect at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. 

     Stow-Munroe Falls High School’s bell schedule is the only school building where the bell schedule will not change, remaining 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For Kimpton Middle School, the school day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m.  Likewise, for Lakeview Intermediate School, the school day will begin at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m.  For each of the elementary buildings, the bell schedule will be adjusted by five (5) minutes with school beginning at 9:05 a.m. and ending at 3:35 p.m.

     Every parent will receive a letter from the individual buildings in the coming weeks, listing the new bell schedule for his or her child.

     The reason for these adjustments to the school day is largely transportation related.  Currently, the District operates on a four-tier bus schedule, which is outdated and inefficient.  With the old schedule, some elementary students were getting home well after 4:30 p.m.  Others had to wait up to thirty (30) minutes after the end of the school day to board their bus.   The four-tier system also caused issues for scheduling field trips.  This, coupled with the limited number of drivers for athletic events and other activities, led to a poor efficiency rating from the Ohio Department of Education in terms of its bus operations.

     “The new bell schedules at the elementary, middle and intermediate schools have been designed to enhance our efficiency as a District,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten.  “We intend for this revision to give students more time for learning and enjoying extracurricular activities while utilizing our resources efficiently and making sure our policies are aligned with best practices.”

     For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.

Stow-Munroe Falls City District to Install Security Vestibules at All School Building Entrances

STOW, OH – (August 12, 2018) – Over the summer months, the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District (SMFCSD) will install security vestibules at each school’s entrance to enhance the safety and security of all buildings.

The idea for the security vestibules, just one best practice initiative, was identified by the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s Safety Committee.  The committee, which reviews the District’s safety policies and programs on an ongoing basis, includes various representatives from the community including Superintendent Tom Bratten, Stow Police Chief Jeff Film, Munroe Falls Police Chief Jerry Hughes, Stow Fire Chief Mark Stone, Munroe Falls Fire Chief Lee Chafin, Vice President of the Board of Education (BOE) Kelly Toppin, BOE Member and Committee Chairman Dave Licate, Special Services Director Kristie Prough, and the Director of Operations, Rob Gress for the District. Mr. Licate, who has a Ph.D. in political science, is a professor of criminal justice studies at The University of Akron.

Following the Safety Committee’s recommendation for the vestibules, the BOE along with the incredible cooperation of the Stow and Munroe Falls building departments and Mayors, passed an emergency resolution on June 1 to begin the project.

The Safety Committee worked closely with an architect on the plans for the vestibules.  The project was awarded to J. Herburt Construction who was able to ensure that the project will be is completed in all nine buildings by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

The vestibules at each building will require visitors to be buzzed into an outside set of doors, and there will only be one entrance visitors can use in most cases.  After being buzzed inside, visitors will come to a window where they will be greeted or checked in.  Once checked in, visitors will be given access to a second set of doors to enter the school building.

In addition, all buildings will also utilize the Raptor Visitor Management System.  This will require each guest to provide his or her photo identification, which will be scanned against all registered sex offender lists and other relevant databases before the guest is given clearance.  Without a photo identification, visitors will not be allowed in any building.

 “We are so appreciative of the Safety Committee’s hard work and dedication to enhancing the security for our students and staff in our schools,” said Superintendent Tom Bratten.  “The ultimate goal of the vestibules is to increase the safety of our school buildings during the school day.  We will continue to review our policies and procedures and develop ways to ensure the safety of our students.”

For more information about the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools District, please visit www.smfschools.org.

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.