Myths can lead to misinformation, and it is important you are provided with the facts. In order to keep our community informed, we've listed myths below that are clarified with the accurate information.
MYTH: The School District pays for levy materials.
FACT: A committee of volunteers is completely responsible for funding for all materials related to election campaigns. The District does not pay for any levy materials.
MYTH: Why does Stow-Munroe Falls High School have a swimming pool?
FACT: There is not a swimming pool at SMFHS. All swimming/diving activities are held at Akron General Health and Wellness Center - North on Allen Rd.
MYTH: The new turf at SMFHS is being funded by tax dollars for Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools.
FACT: BEST for Stow (Benefiting Everyone with Stadium Turf), an independent nonprofit organization, is financing the stadium turf project.
MYTH: The District has too many administrators.
FACT: Since 2006, the District has eliminated the positions of assistant superintendent, business manager and human resources director. These are all central office positions. In addition, one assistant principal position was also eliminated at SMFHS.
MYTH: The District is on a spending spree after the passage of the November 2011 levy.
FACT: The District has cut $7.2 million and is currently looking at additional cost savings, including energy conservation reduction and implementing solar panels. The elimination of the HR position will save $120,000 per year. Additionally, the District has recently purchased school buses at a greatly discounted rate in order to maintain the integrity of our fleet.
MYTH: The District doesn't maintain what they have.
FACT: Over the past several years, we have sealed the parking lots at each school building in order to maintain upkeep, saving major repair costs.
MYTH: Employees don't pay for their insurance benefits.
FACT: All employees pay for insurance benefits. Employees will contribute 15% to their premiums in the 2012-2013 school year.
MYTH: School employees get automatic pay increases every year.
FACT: All District employees took pay freezes during the 2011-2012 school year and will again do the same in the 2012-2013 school year.
MYTH: When reducing employee positions, the teachers always come back anyway.
FACT: Teachers whose positions are eliminated are re-hired if remaining teachers leave the District due to retirement or other reasons. This creates openings, as well as if enrollment in a particular grade level necessitates re-hiring.
MYTH: Teachers have guaranteed job security.
FACT: Teachers have due process that protects them from losing their job based on meritless political reasons. If a teacher violates terms of their contract, he or she can be fired.
MYTH: SMF schools no longer teach American History.
FACT: We continue to teach American History as well as the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Government, patriotism and the Pledge of Allegiance. AP Government and AP U.S. History courses are also offered at the high school.
MYTH: Tutors are not certified teachers.
FACT: All tutors hired by Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools are highly qualified, licensed teachers.