Thursday, May 31, 2012
Superintendent Russ Jones's contract was set to expire in August 2013. The school board voted 4-1 to renew it for four years.
Superintendent Russ Jones will remain employed with the school district for another four years after the Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education voted 4-1 to renew his contract May 29. The contract begins Aug. 2, 2013 and ends July 31, 2017. Jones will be paid $125,804 annually for 206 working days. (The entire contract is included in this post in the form of a .pdf.) His current salary of $122,200 annually will remain frozen until the new contract is effective next year. "I'm still not happy with things on this particular contract," Board Member Rod Armstrong said prior to voting. Armstrong cited some of the following items as to why he was voting against the contract: 1. The $5,000 merit stipend: Item 10 f: "The superintendent will be …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 36 today, which increased calamity days back to five.
"We were anticipating it was a likely scenario from Columbus and we think it’s a wise decision on the legislature's and governor's part," said Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones. Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 36 today, which provides immediate relief to school districts by increasing the number of allowable calamity days from three to five. "This helps us place student safety first," said Jones. "Additionally, HB 36 provides schools the flexibility to make up snow days by lengthening remaining school days in the 2010-2011 school year by 30-minute increments," a statement from the governor's office said. “It makes all the sense in the world. I have been for this all along. This was on the leadership agenda from the beginning and we got it …
Sunday, February 20, 2011
About $3.5 Million has already been cut from the budget in three years.
"After 44 community engagement meetings with parents, community members, staff and students, the board has listened to its stakeholders and as a result, taken a number of action steps to further reduce the district’s budget by $3.5 million over the past three years," said Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones. Below is a list of possible new cuts coming to the district: “Through the community engagement process we identified nine areas of possible reductions,” said Board of Education President Pat Matthews. “We have implemented three of those suggestions including eliminating high school busing and electives as well as instituting pay-to-participate. Not only are the other six suggestions currently under consideration as we move forward, but the …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education decided to submit a waiver to eliminate all-day kindergarten for the next two school years during its Jan. 24 meeting.
If a waiver is accepted by the state, the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District will be without all-day kindergarten for the next two school years. The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education unanimously OK'd submitting a waiver to the Ohio Department of Education to stop offering all-day kindergarten. House Bill 1 permits Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones to grant a waiver to a school district from the requirement of providing all-day, every-day kindergarten if the district can demonstrate that a hardship exists that prevents it from offering all-day, every-day kindergarten, according to the ODE. With a deficit looming in Stow by the year 2013, according to CFO/Treasurer Catherine Bulgrin, the administration and staff was in favor of filing the…
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The treasurer talked about the different levy options in Stow this year during the Jan. 10 meeting.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Board of Education is mulling a trip to the ballot to ask taxpayers for more money this year to stave off a multimillion-dollar deficit. During a Jan. 10 meeting, district Treasurer/CFO Catherine Bulgrin gave the board three different levy amounts — of up to 6.57 mills — to consider. But even with the most optimistic projections — assuming two renewal levies pass as well the as-yet unapproved 6.5-mill levy — the district would still be in the red by $2.29 million in 2014. "We are in really bad shape financially," Board President Pat Matthews said during the Jan. 10 meeting. The treasurer expects the state to cut funding by 10 percent next school year. Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones said the reduction should total $8.5…
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The superintendent was one of five semifinalists for the Independence Superintendent position until yesterday.
Stow-Munroe Falls School Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones is staying in Stow. On Dec. 11 he withdrew his name from the list of five semifinalists who are vying for the Independence superintendent job. "Although honored to be considered for the position, I notified the search team that I am not interested in being involved with the next phase," he said."My decision is based on my commitment to the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District and my wife and I know that this decision is in the best interest of our family." Jones has been superintendent in Stow since 2006 and in that time he said he is "very proud of the accomplishments our district has achieved. I will continue to work with all members of the community to make our school district the…
Monday, January 3, 2011
Dr. Russ Jones could be selected to be the Independence superintendent by August.
Stow-Munroe Falls Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones, who is one of five candidates in the running for the Independence Superintendent job, said he is "happy" in his current position. Jones, along with superintendents from Twinsburg, Painseville, Pandora-Gilboa and Bucyrus, are all being considered for the job with the Indepenence Public School District. Forty educators applied for the job, according to Paul Pendelton, president of Finding Leaders in Valley View. The pay range for the Independence position will be between $130,000 and $140,000, said Pendelton. Jones makes $122,000 annually, according to a spokesperson for the Stow-Munroe Falls School District. "First and foremost, I am very happy in my current position," Jones said in a …
Sunday, January 2, 2011
January is School Board Recognition Month.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
by Superintendent Dr. Russ Jones The Stow-Munroe Falls School Board members exemplify local citizen control and decision-making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. Here are some reasons we are taking this opportunity to show them our appreciation during School Board Recognition Month in January. It's a tradition that began nearly 300 years ago. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of our schools. It's a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Too often we neglect to recognize …