Board Update

Good Afternoon:

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.

FYI “SPRING AHEAD”. Please remember to set your clocks one hour ahead at 2AM on Sunday morning, March 13, 2011. Daylight Savings Time begins.


On March 7th attended Dine for Domestic Violence Event, hosted by the North Royalton High School Student Government. The event included a spaghetti dinner and speaker Johanna Orozco sharing her powerful story. It was truly moving hearing her story and it was great for all the students and parents present to learn about the warning signs of unhealthy teen dating relationships. The money raised from the event goes towards the Cleveland Domestic Violence Center. If you like to learn more about the Cleveland Domestic Violence Center you can check out there website at
www.domesticviolencecenter.org or if you are in a situation where you or your student needs help you can call their 24-Hour Help Line at 216-391-HELP. I am also attaching an informational sheet on tips for healthy relationships and ways to recognize warning signs of abuse.

Also on March 7th attended the City of North Royalton Ward 3 and Ward 4 Meeting at City Hall. It was great to meet residents who live in Wards 3 and 4. I especially enjoyed welcoming new residents to the North Royalton Community!

State of the State Address
On March 8th Gov. John Kasich delivered his first State of the State address, declaring, “We will not be raising taxes in this state. We’re one of the highest tax states in America, and we’re not competitive,” the governor said. “But I must also tell my colleagues here today that while I believe we can’t tax our way to prosperity, we can’t cut our way there either.” On K-12 education, Kasich stated that education is “critical to our economic future. But I want to tell you, more choice, more accountability, more dollars in the classroom instead of bureaucracy will improve our schools, and we are going to have a significant reform agenda.” Attached is a copy of the governor’s full address. Next week on March 15th the governor will release his much-anticipated fiscal years 2012-2013 biennial budget proposal. Once it is release I plan to work with the rest of my colleagues on the Board and our Superintendent in understanding how it will impact our school district and what ways we can work with our representatives in Columbus in ensuring that our school district’s voice is heard during the budget process!

Attended the SCENE (School Community Exchange Night for Education) on March 8th at Albion Elementary School. SCENE is an informal opportunity for questions and answers about our North Royalton City School District. This months SCENE was hosted by Principal Melissa Vojta and Superintendent Ed Vittardi. Besides being SCENE Night it was Albion’s Family Math Night. It was so great to see our students and parents doing various math games and activities.

The School Board met on March 10th for its’ Board Work Session. Board got an update on the status of the internal organizational audit of the district’s central office, which will help make the district more effective operationally. The Board was given another update on the status of the district’s food services department and plans for next school year. The North Royalton Stadium Foundation has raised over $915,000 for the project to raise the necessary funds needed for the turf and track. The district’s new website is almost ready and the Board will have an opportunity to review it and give input before it goes live. Board was given an update on the timeline to fill the high school principal position for next school year. The Board had general discussion regarding a review of bullying reporting and will be exploring with other districts do. Board discussed the upcoming state budget and ways we could help educate the community on what potential impact it will have on our school district. I introduced the idea to the board of having the district participate in the “Ski” Box program where secure wooden boxes are placed in schools throughout Northeast Ohio, where students can confidentially write down their concerns for a fellow student or their own. School counselors and administrators are the only ones who have access to the box and they can look into these concerns for crisis intervention purposes. Our Superintendent is going to get more information about the program and see if this something we could explore doing at our various buildings. Board went into executive session to discuss the employment of personnel. The Board reviewed the March Regular Meeting agenda items, and such other matters that came before the Board. Before concluding for the night the Board also had a Board Self Evaluation Workshop that was conducted by Edward Flanagan and Thomas Giffels. The brief workshop was very helpful for board development and coming up with ways to improve Board efficiency in the future.

On March 12th attended the 5th Annual North Royalton High School Band Boosters Reverse Raffle at St. Michael’s Woodside Party Center. It was a fun evening of great food, music, and prizes. The proceeds of the event go towards helping NRHS Band students.


This week there are various meetings and events.

March Regular School Board Meeting on March 14th at 7pm @ NRHS Community Rm, 14713 Ridge Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133.

Facilities Committee Meeting on March 16th at 7pm @ NRHS Room 100, 14713 Ridge Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133. If you like more information about the Facilities Committee please contact John Ranucci at 440-567-1270 or at j.ranucci@sbcglobal.net.

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 March 31st 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. This month I would like to especially hear any concerns residents may have regarding the upcoming state budget. There is no appointment necessary. Simply stop by and talk to me. Hope to see you there!

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.

Website Under Construction
I just wanted to let you know that my website is currently under construction. I will be unveiling my new and improved website at www.danlangshaw.com in the coming months. You can follow me on Twitter @Langshaw4board. I also have a blog at http://votelangshaw4board.blogspot.com.

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.

Have a great week!

Dan Langshaw
North Royalton School Board Member

“Putting Students First”