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Special Board Meeting

There will be a special Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m.on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the purpose of interviewing candidates for the Park & Recreation Board seat.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Central Office at 4350 Allen Road, Stow, OH  44224.

Superintendent Search: Community Focus Group Set

The Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools District needs your input! In light of Dr. Jones’ upcoming retirement, the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Board of Education is getting community feedback and input as it searches for a new superintendent.

The Board has contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) to assist with the search for a perfect fit. In an effort to make the best possible selection, the OSBA consultant, Steve Horton, will meet with staff and community in a focus group setting. The focus groups are intended to help the Board develop a profile for the next SMF Schools leader, informed by the common themes that emerge. Community input will be invaluable as the Board screens and interviews candidates.

The community focus group will take place at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School on October 29th at 7 p.m. and will focus on three areas:

     (1) Major issues facing the district for the next three to five years;



     (2) Performance expectations for the next superintendent; and



     (3) Personal and professional qualities to be sought in the next superintendent.

As a valued member of the community, please consider joining the consultant for the focus group on the 29th. The session will be approximately 45 minutes in length.

Please RSVP to Shannon McKee at st_smckee@smfcsd.org by October 26th if you plan to attend.

New Report Defines a High Quality Education

STOW, OHIO—September 15, 2014— Today, the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District joined 60 other school districts throughout Ohio in releasing a comprehensive, community-oriented companion to the ODE’s District Report Card. Called a “Quality Profile,” the report includes additional accountability measures that better define a high quality education and are not included in the state’s report.

The Quality Profile examines the elements of a high-quality public education, as defined by surveys of the general public. The report’s content is divided into six categories: academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement, and student services.

“We like the Quality Profile because it gives a broader context for all that we offer our students,” said Dr. Russ Jones, SMF Schools Superintendent. “The ODE Report Card certainly has its place in offering standardized benchmarks for district performance, but we want our residents to get a better glimpse of the things that make SMF Schools an excellent place for an education. This report gives us a platform to do just that.”

The result is an expanded report that describes, in detail, the programs and opportunities available to students of the SMF school system.

Now, in its second year of development and being released statewide for the first time, the Quality Profile is supported by the Alliance for High Quality Education, an education consortium that works to improve educational opportunities for students.

For more information about Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, visit www.smfschools.org or follow updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/smfschools.                          







Superintendent Jones Announces his Retirement

STOW, OHIO—September 8, 2014— Russell D. Jones, Ed.D. announced his retirement from his post as the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District’s Superintendent at Monday night’s regular Board of Education meeting. After serving for nine years as superintendent for the district, Dr. Jones will retire so that he can pursue other interests, effective January 30, 2015.

“Russ has never wavered in his passion and dedication to the students, employees and teachers in this district,” said School Board President Fred Bonacci. “He came to work each day full of energy, ready to take on whatever each day would bring. He was such a pleasure to work with over the last two-and-a-half years.”

Superintendent Jones was appointed to the role in February 2006 and has served the district through a number of transitions, including facility improvements, contract negotiations, and a levy passage.  Most importantly, Dr. Jones' leadership was rooted in his strong desire to see that all SMF students had the best opportunity for academic success.  During his tenure with SMF Schools, Superintendent Jones successfully implemented a number of initiatives that have raised the level of academic rigor in the district, including:

  • Creation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) track at Indian Trail Elementary;
  • Oversight of the highest performance index in SMF Schools history as well as the first district-wide Excellent and Excellent with Distinction designations, and the first AP Honor Roll at the high school;
  • Implementation of foreign language programs starting in 2nd grade;
  • Initiating a strategic planning process for the first time and then guiding the district through two 5-year strategic plans;
  • Establishing "instructional alignment" throughout the district;
  • Pioneering a collaborative approach to district leadership through a District Leadership Team and Building Leadership Teams; 
  • Utilization of new technologies in the classroom, including a district-wide transition to a more paperless system in the Google platform; and
  • Established Stow-Munroe Falls High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

 “What a privilege it has been to lead in the SMF City School District,” Dr. Jones reflected. “I’m proud of our graduates and the impact they are having on the world around them as they pursue their chosen career paths. Of course, leaving will be bittersweet but I have the utmost confidence in the Board, as well as the talented teachers and committed principals who guide the district. Our students are in good hands.”

The Board plans to begin the search process for Dr. Jones’ replacement immediately. Conversations have begun with the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) to ensure the use of best practices in the superintendent search process. Bonacci said that the search would include qualified internal candidates, as well as external candidates. He anticipates hiring by the end of 2014 so that the new superintendent can overlap with Dr. Jones for one month, ensuring a smooth transition.

“It has been my honor to work with Dr. Jones,” Bonacci concluded before turning his attention to thoughts of the upcoming search. “He will always have a place in my heart. I wish him the best in his retirement and I hope he finds joy in the next phase of his life.”

For more information about Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, visit www.smfschools.org or follow updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/smfschools.

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A Word from the Superintendent

9/9/14 - Announcement to the Community

Dear Friends:

At the September 8 Board of Education meeting, I announced that I will retire from my position as superintendent effective January 30, 2015.

It has been my honor to serve as y...

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Recognizing Excellence

We are extremely proud of our students, teachers, staff and administration. And, apparently, many of them are being recognized inside and outside the district for various accomplishments. We like to let the community know when such accomplishments are recognized, so we've dedicated a whole section of our website to these successes! Click here to discover all the many great things that our students and staff are doing to improve themselves, their community, and, in some cases, the world!

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