Board Update

Good Afternoon:

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years. This is the first of many e-mails to update you on the actions of the North Royalton School Board. I will also be maintaining my website at www.danlangshaw.com that contains a wealth of additional information that you may find useful throughout the year. So please check it out. Again, thank so much you for the opportunity to serve you all as a Member of the North Royalton School Board!


I had the honor of introducing myself to the members of the Valley Vista PTA at their Jan 5th meeting and hearing about all the great work they are doing for our students and staff. For the rest of the school year I will be serving as the Building Liaison for Valley Vista to the board. Every school in the district has an assigned board member who serves as its’ Building Liaison as a sort of point of contact.

I had an opportunity to speak with our State Representative Matt Patten who was working in district. Rep. Patten brought me up to speed on H.B. 318 and its effects on education. I passed along my concerns regarding the all day kindergarten. Rep. Patten is currently working with other State Reps who have good academic school districts like ours that face the similar issues regarding all day kindergarten and are working on addressing these issues as well. Attached is Rep. Patten’s Statehouse update that has a great deal of information regarding H.B. 318.

Besides speaking with State Rep. Patten; I also had chance to speak with our State Senator Tom Patton who happened to also be back home in the district. I again echoed my concerns regarding all day kindergarten and the burden that it would cause our school district because of the cost and space issues. State Senator Patton informed me about what is going on in the Senate and a little about State Senator Cates legislation S.B. 173 which was purposed last year for the purpose of delaying the all day kinder until FY2012. However, there are still a variety of other proposals that are being discussed in Columbus . Yet, there are still many more questions then answers about all day kindergarten.

Jan. 7th the Board had its’ first work session of the year to review the Jan. 11th Organizational & Regular Meeting agenda items and other matters. At the work session I introduced a resolution to approve the broadcast and taping of all regular and special board meetings. However, the board felt it need more time to study and tabled it. I also introduced a resolution to approve a supplemental contract transparency policy which would require the Director of Personnel to give board members the rate of pay of all supplemental contracts. Currently the board has not been getting this information. In addition my resolution would require that the rate of pay of all supplemental contracts to be included in the Board’s meeting minutes and open for public viewing. The Board also tabled this resolution as well for more study. However, the board members will start getting information at least on the rates of pay for supplemental contracts that are up for a vote to the board starting in Feb.


This week the board has both its Organizational Meeting and Jan. Regular School Board Meeting on Monday Jan. 11th at 7pm in the North Royalton High School Community Room. During the Organizational Meeting the newly elected board members will get sworn in. Of course I will be getting sworn into office along with Heidi Dolezal who won re-election. After the new board members are sworn in the board will also nominate/elect the board president and vice president. In addition during the Organizational Meeting the board will approve various regular annual resolutions and policies required by law. After the Organizational Meeting the board will go straight into the Regular School Board Meeting.

At the Regular School Board meeting the following items may appear on the agenda, be discussed and/or voted upon:

1. 2010 Board Committee Assignments.
2. Tax budget hearing.
3. Adopt tax budget.
4. A resolution to recommend and approve appointment Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Representative.
5. A resolution in honor of School Board Recognition Month.
6. A resolution to adopt 2010-2011 school year calendar.
7. A resolution to request a wavier for all day kindergarten from the state of Ohio .
8. Accept resignations.
9. Approve leaves of absence.
10. Approve appointments-certificated/licensed and classified employees.
11. Approve appointments-personal service contracts.
12. Approve insurance endorsements.
13. Award roof replacement bid-High School 100 level/88 addition and alternate 1A bid.
14. Accept Gifts/Donations.

H1N1 School Vaccination Clinic

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be administering H1N1 vaccines for the North Royalton students on January 13th and 14th within our six school buildings. The vaccine is NOT mandatory and will be provided free of charge. If you wish for your child to be vaccinated, please sign and complete both the consent form and the questionnaire and return it to school by Monday, January 11th, 2010. STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT RETURNED THE FORM WILL NOT BE VACCINATED. Additional forms will be available in the school office or provided online by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at: http://www.ccbh.net/ccbh/export/sites/default/CCBH/pdf/ESI_Docs/H1N1/H1N1_forms.pdf North Royalton City Schools are only serving as a vaccination location. The vaccine is being provided and administered by Cuyahoga County Board of Health and therefore all questions concerning the vaccine including side effects should be placed to (216) 201-2000 (option 5). Attached is the H1N1 parent letter that was sent out.

Rachel’s Challenge Speaker

Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. She left behind and amazing legacy and a simple challenge to anyone who will accept it. This event will take place on Jan. 14th @ 7pm in the North Royalton High School PAC. Attached is a flyer for the event.

Have a great week!

Dan Langshaw
North Royalton School Board Member

“Putting Students First”