Superintendent's Office

Tom Bratten, Superintendent

Joining the SMFCSD in February of 2015, Mr. Bratten brought a wealth of experience as an outstanding educator and administrator. He is known around Ohio as a strong proponent for children, as well as a community leader. He entered the classroom in 1991 as an English teacher at Cincinnati Moeller High School in Cincinnati and has since held a variety of positions in various school districts, allowing him to experience many facets of the education field over the course of the last 23 years. Most recently, he has served as superintendent of Salem City Schools from 2009 to 2014. Immediately prior to that, he was an assistant principal, high school principal and director of career and technical education for Canton Local Schools from 2000 to 2009. Over the years, he has also served at Cincinnati Moeller High School, Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla., Marlington Local Schools and Louisville City Schools in a variety of positions, including English teacher, coach, assistant principal and athletic director.

Mr. Bratten has a bachelor's degree in secondary English education from Miami University, a master's degree in educational administration from Xavier University, his principal's license from the University of Akron; and his superintendent's license from Ashland University.

Mr. Bratten came to SMF Schools with a proven track record of noteable achievements and awards in his various leadership positions. Below is a sampling of some of those education honors:

  • Successful leader of negotiations
  • Led construction of new successful athletic fields, parking lots, and buildings 
  • Development of Quaker Tech Academy (online school)
  • History of decreased open enrollment numbers, saving districts $500,000 per year
  • "Building the Future" National Leadership Award for PLTW and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Received “Excellence in Education” award from the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership 
  • Selected as a “Straight A Grant” Fiscal Scorer
  • Selected as a “Straight A Grant” Programmatic Scorer
  • Moeller High School Teacher of the Year
  • Moeller High School Alumni of the Year
  • Lexington Ruritan Club 2001 Citizen of the Year
  • Chosen as one of three directors in the state of Ohio to host a middle school engineering camp while at Canton Local Schools
  • First school district in the state of Ohio (and second in the nation) to offer an engineering curriculum at every school level 
  • Cited as a Blue Chip Benchmark School District for Fiscal Responsibility in Ohio
  • Led 3.1 million dollar HB 264 renovation project through Chevron Energy

Mr. Tom Bratten

Tom Bratten

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Franca Padula