STOW, OHIO-December 18, 2014 - At a special board meeting of the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Board
of Education held December 15, 2014, the Board unanimously chose to offer Thomas Bratten
the position of superintendent for the District, replacing Dr. Russ Jones who is retiring January 30th after serving the district for nine years.
is a strong proponent for children, as well as a community leader and has a history as an outstanding educator and administrator.
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.
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.
"The Board interviewed 10 excellent applicants for the Superintendent's position over the last three weeks and felt that Tom was the perfect fit for our District," said Fred Bonacci, President of the Board.
In a phone call on Thursday, Bratten
thanked the Board members for the opportunity and their expression of confidence, and expressed how much he
is looking forward to working with the Stow-Munroe Falls community.
"I consider myself to be extremely blessed and grateful to be working in a school district whose expectations for excellence are so high and apparent," Bratten
will overlap with Dr. Jones for the month of January to ensure a smooth transition for the District