What's going on here? First, Ryan Ghizzoni, treasurer for the Stow-Munroe Falls School District, resigns to go to the Lorain City schools -- but he's back as a paid consultant. Then, Board of Education president John Pribonic announces he's looking to resign his office mid-term to go to the Stow City Council. And now it seems the top dog, Russell Jones, the superintendent of the district, has tried to bail out, too, after being in his job just a little over a year.
These three men are the top echelon of our school district. And, in my opinion, they appear to be scrambling like rats off a sinking ship. What do they know that we don't?
Forgive the cynicism, but things don't smell right. Remember what happened in Cuyahoga Falls just a few years back? As I recall, the treasurer of the schools there said the system was flush with money. This led the BOE, the supposed watchdog for the community, to grant what I think were fat raises to the teachers' union and others. Then all of a sudden, oops, it turned out the district actually had a projected deficit of more than $4 million, not a surplus.
The Cuyahoga Falls treasurer left to go to another position in a different school system and four of the Boardmembers announced they would not run for re-election. And the district pushed for another tax hike, leaving the property owners holding the bag.
So, are the actions of the Stow-Munroe Falls District officials a mere coincidence, or is there a financial time bomb ticking in our schools? Time will tell.