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Armstrong Has No Plans to Resign

Two people asked school board member Rod Armstrong to resign at the last Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education meeting, but he said he plans to continue his work in his elected position.

In response to two women who called for Rod Armstrong to resign this week — Armstrong said he isn't going anywhere. 

"I was elected to do a job by the taxpayers, and I am going to do just that," Armstrong was quoted as saying on Ohio.com

During , Molly Emery and Mary (Beth) Haas asked Armstrong to resign. Read their full statements here:

  • Emery: 
  • Haas: 

This was the first meeting since Armstrongfor what he said was an illegal executive session — . 

Armstrong's lawyer thinks he has a strong case and said if his client wins, . 

to the lawsuit. Also, during the Sept. 10 meeting, the board approved changing a clerical error made by the treasurer in the minutes of the Aug. 13 meeting

Matthew M September 15, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Question: 1. Why is there a lawsuit? 2. How could he be awarded money? There is not a loss of anything. Other than his ego Sounds quite frivolous to me.
Dan Cormier September 15, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Mr. Armstrong stands on honesty, integrity and ethics. These qualities, unfortunately, are in short supply in other board members and are abundantly plentiful in the core of of armstrong's being. Be careful Rob, your 20 year stellar military career built on impeccable service might blind those who dare to question you. I stand with you!
Dan Cormier September 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Rob = Rod (Auto-correct sometimes is auto-incorrect.)
jiim may September 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Armstrong is doing a wonderful job
Denise Williamson September 16, 2012 at 06:41 PM
One has to ask what Mr. Armstrong's motive is. If you were working on any committe/board or with ANY group with a common purpose and noticed an error (clerical or otherwise) why would you not bring it to their attention? Are you or are you not serving a common purpose? Why would you go to this extreme of filing a law suit? Do you have political aspirations? Are you trying to make a name for yourself for some future goal at the expense of the local taxpayer? Sure sounds like a politician to me. I am so thankful my children are in private schools and not in Stow schools. I have many friends, neighbors and relatives who have children in the district and I feel sorry for them to have to fund the cost of this ridiculous lawsuit which is surely hindering work the school board SHOULD be taking care of. It's called educating children! Wake up people of Stow and Munroe Falls!
Mike Barnes September 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I am thinking, at the end of the day, resignation may be the only dignified choice he may have.
Te Campbell September 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Time will tell. If the courts decide against him, he should go. But, if they side with him, he has been the only one to do the job he swore an oath to uphold. Then, everyone else should leave. Either way, a potential crime requires unbiased scrutiny. Overcoming that should be the focus. Isn't the Atty. General's Office involved? If so, there ought to be grounds for professional investigation. Certainly, it involved our children and the reputation of our community. And, if we put the kids first, a thorough investigation is needed. Not popular opinion. Can't we all hold our tongues until the decisons are in? Otherwise, on either side, we risk harming the reputation of innocent people and of dividing the community further. This may be especially true for those of us who are the esteemed representatives of the school district. Ethically, are they entitled to pick and choose to whom they lend preferential support? Rather, ought they not help the district as a whole? Please, heal this wronged community by supporting everyone through this dicey time. Don't rush to judgement. There are five elected officials on the collective board, two administrators, and a score of community volunteers that bleed maroon and gold. Ultimately, cooler heads will prevail. So, everyone (Armstrong included) concentrate on the students and lead with dignity, or get out of the way. Otherwise, Mike Barnes is right, the only dignified choice ANY of you have is to resign.
Te Campbell September 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Denise W. is right too. Our kids are in the classrooms not the courtrooms. When's the last time the news from SMFCSD was about them? This contest of wills may be heated, but it's counter-productive. In case anyone forgot, there's a levy renewal coming.
Steve S September 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@ Mike Barnes- Completely Agree, he shouldn't be involved in decision making for any board of education that's out there. Get his EGO out of here, not everything needs to pass through Rod Strongarm. What a joke.
Melissa M September 18, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Responsible leaders don't pour gasoline when a town is on fire!
Te Campbell September 18, 2012 at 05:24 PM
That's right, Melissa M. That should go for everyone from A to W-including all of us who elected them.
Amanda Harnocz September 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
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