Board Update

Good Evening:

It is hard to believe we are only weeks away from the end of the year 2010 and that I have been serving on the North Royalton School Board for almost entire year now. It seems like so much longer than that. I must say this has been a great year and it is an honor to serve as a member of the School Board. I truly enjoy all your feedback and confidence in me as a leader. As you may know each January at the School Board’s Organizational Meeting the Board elects its’ President and Vice President for the year. After lots of positive feedback from constituents and much thought I would like to announce that I am running for Vice President of the North Royalton School Board. The year 2011 will be very challenging with the upcoming state budget and many other issues the district will face in the coming year. I believe it is important to step up as a leader and serve in the role of Vice President for the Board. On January 10th the Board will vote on its’ leadership positions. I will keep you posted if I do get elected by the Board to the Vice Presidency; I just thought it was important to share this news with you.


The School Board met on December 13th for its’ December Regular School Board Meeting. The Board approved the appointment of School Board Member Cheryl Hannan as the representative to the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Board of Education for a two-year term. The approved a resolution to set January 10, 2011 at 7pm, North Royalton High School Community Room, as the time and place for the Organizational Meeting of the Board of Education; the 2011 Tax Budget Hearing will be part of the January Regular Meeting which will immediately follow the Organizational Meeting. The board also approved 2010-2011 appropriation adjustments. The Board approved the appointment of Leonard Reinhard as the President Pro Tempore for the 2011 Board of Education Organizational Meeting. In addition the Board approved adding Financial Literacy and College Career Readiness courses into the district’s curriculum. The Board approved December 2010 Policy Updates. Also Board approved a resolution authorizing the President of the Board of Education and Treasurer of this Board to on this Board’s behalf in connection with the improvements to the North Royalton Stadium Complex an agreement with MKC Associates, Inc. For Professional design services in an amount not to exceed two hundred forty two thousand dollars ($242,000). I would like to note that the work MKC is doing is being funded by the district’s (PI) Permanent Improvement dollars. The Board approved also various other agenda items, and such other matters that came before the Board.

Attended the North Royalton Middle School’s Holiday Breakfast Celebration on December 16th. I enjoyed spending time with our great administrators, teachers, and staff at the middle school.

On December 18th I volunteered at the North Royalton Food Bank to help with distributing the Christmas gifts and food to the over 140 families in our community in need. Special thanks to all those in the community; who have been so generous in supporting our local food bank. Because of you families in our community will be able to enjoy Christmas, even in the most difficult of times.

High School Gift Tree
Students at North Royalton High School collected over $3,000 and we were able to get gifts for 10 families from their Christmas wish lists. In addition they were able to help 5 families by giving them $100 gift cards to Giant Eagle, and they were also gave $700 to the North Royalton Office of Aging who uses the money to buy presents for needy families in North Royalton. Thank you to the 65 students and staff who helped decorated presents and all those who participated in this very worthy cause!!!

Snow Days Update
As you know the district has already used up 2 out 3 snow days for this school year. The district is looking at what options we have since we only have 1 snow day left. There have been some talks about doing a 2 hour delay if weather conditions warrant it. I will keep you posted on what the district’s plans are for moving forward. Below is an article about some of the debate going on in the state regarding snow days that is important to share.

Kasich Settles Snow Day Debate

Gov.-elect John Kasich says after consulting his daughter, he has decided Ohio should return to the five calamity days allotted schools before the Legislature reduced them to three under the current budget.

The incoming governor requested more time to study the issue Wednesday morning during questions with reporters but later made up his mind, he says, after his daughter weighed in on the snow day debate spurred by Sen. Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland). (See The Hannah Report, 12/14/10.)

Kasich says his administration will go back to five calamity days, but as with the final year of Taft tax cuts scheduled in Calendar Year 2011, the governor-elect need do nothing for the state to revert to five snow days in the school year beginning 2011. (See The Hannah Report, 12/10/10.) However, additional snow days in the current academic year would require a legislative fix by the incoming Republican majority in both houses.

Grendell, who launched a mini-storm over calamity days Tuesday, responded to the announcement.

“As a continual supporter for educating the future generations of Ohioans, we need to help out schools districts that have the heavy, snowy weather conditions and not have them worry about the safety of their students and faculty,” the senator said. “I look forward to sitting down and working with Gov.-elect Kasich and the leadership teams of both the House and Senate to make this happen.”

Gov. Ted Strickland, who requested the snow day reduction in HB1 as part of his phase-in of a longer school year, also responded to Kasich’s announcement.

“I think if the state pays for a day of instruction for a student, the student should get a day of instruction.”

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on December 15, 2010. Copyright 2010 Hannah News Service, Inc.


This week there are various meetings and events.

Help us get a $250,000 GRANT for the Stadium Project
The North Royalton Stadium Foundation is in the final stage of the PEPSI REFRESH Grant which could bring $250,000 to our stadium project in our district. We need your help! Please get your friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors to vote! Grant voting privileges are open to any resident of the United States at least 13 yrs of age. Voters receive 1 vote per day per person/email address for the NRSF grant each day. Voters also receive 1 vote per day per person/Facebook account for the NRSF grant each day. Voters also receive 1 text vote per day per person/cell phone number for the NRSF grant each day.VOTING ON THIS GRANT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

Here is the direct link to voting, click it or just cut and paste the url!!!!

Vote from your mobile phone
Text* 104774 to Pepsi (73774) *Standard text messaging rates apply.

Monthly Coffee with School Board Member Dan Langshaw
If you are a constituent living in the North Royalton School District, you are invited to attend my next monthly constituent coffee on December 30th at the French Quarter Café located at 5540 Wallings Road in North Royalton from 6pm to 8pm. I hold these coffees in order to stay in touch with fellow residents and listen to their feedback one on one. There is no appointment necessary. Simply stop by and talk to me. Hope to see you there!

Give School Board Member Dan Langshaw your Feedback
It is hard to believe that I have been on the North Royalton School Board for almost an entire year now! Serving on the school board, I have all of you as my bosses. I believe it is important to make sure that I serving you, our community, and students needs. Can you please take 5 minutes and do a brief survey I have created. This survey is completely anonymous and the purpose of it is to help me have a better understand of how I am doing as a board member and to help me find ways to better serve you!
Please click on the link below to participate in my survey:

My Contact Info
If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to give me at call at 440-596-0078 or e-mail me at dan.langshaw@northroyaltonsd.org.

Weekly E-mail Updates
If you have any friends or neighbors who would like to receive my weekly e-mail updates please let me know and I will be sure to add them to my e-mail list. Or if they like they can sign up on the homepage of my website at www.danlangshaw.com

Merry Christmas!

Dan Langshaw
North Royalton School Board Member

“Putting Students First”