Board Update

Good Morning:

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. I am working hard to make sure all those in our district are kept informed what’s happening with the School Board and the North Royalton School District.


The School Board met on February 9th for its’ Board Work Session. The Board got an update on the status of the internal audit of the district’s central office, which will help make the district more effective operationally. 76% of the district’s strategic plan is currently underway. The Board got an update on the district’s food services and is looking at ways to make it more fiscally responsible; the board will continue to evaluate this more in March. The Board also got another update on day care center transportation. For the bulk of the work session the Board received an update on the status of the Stadium Project and discussed various aspects of it. So far the North Royalton Stadium Foundation has raised over $850,000 for the project and will continue to raise the necessary funds needed for the turf and track. The architectural firm and construction mangers discussed with the Board the design and development documents. There will be 3,074 seats for the home side bleachers including handicap accessible seating. The visitor side bleachers will have 2,544 seats including handicap accessible seating. Then for our band there will be 317 seats for the band bleachers. The district is in the process of getting ready to go out to bid on various aspects of the project. The first item the district will go out to bid on is the bleachers. Construction on the project will start on May 2nd and be completed on August 19th, which will be in time for the start of football season. Attorney’s from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey were present to discus the financing aspects of the project. The Board went into executive session to discuss the employment of personnel. The Board reviewed the February Regular Meeting agenda items, and such other matters that came before the Board.

On February 11th at the halftime during the North Royalton/Normandy boys’ varsity basketball game, the winner of the Serpentini Chevrolet Car Raffle winner was announced. I want to offer a special congrats to the winner of the 2011 Chevy Cruze, Craig League of North Royalton! As a fundraising effort for the North Royalton Stadium Foundation’s renovation project and various school organizations, student athletes, band and choir members, students participating in clubs/groups, PTA, booster organizations, and staff members sold $10 raffle tickets to help raise the money. Proceeds of the fundraiser totaled more than $52,000. Serpentini Chevrolet has donated a car to the North Royalton City Schools for the past three years that has helped raise more than $140,000 for North Royalton City Schools’ programs and activities. In 2010, Bob Serpentini was a recipient of the North Royalton City Schools Friend of Education award. This past fall, he committed $100,000 to the naming of our newly renovated stadium. I also like to thank Bob Serpentini and all those who contributed to the stadium project. Your generousity is a key reason why we are able to make this stadium project come true for our students and community.

Other details from the raffle:
Grand Prize: 2011 Chevy Cruze – Craig League

2nd Place Prize: 50” Flat Screen- Abigail Weeden

3rd Place Prize: 4 Cavs Ticket & Dinner – Mary Knodel

4th Place Prize: Dinner & Movie for Four – Joe Pytlak


This week there are various meetings and events.

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

Facilities Committee Meeting on February 16th at 7pm @ NRHS Media Center, 14713 Ridge Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133. These meeting are open all members of the public. If you have any concerns about our buildings or suggestions for the district, please try and attend.

Roundtable Discussion
As you know I have been working with North Olmsted School Board Member Terry Groden to organize a roundtable discussion in early January but unfortunately it had to be postponed due to bad weather. I am happy to report that we have a rescheduled date. The new date for the roundtable discussion will be Thursday, February 24th at 7pm at the North Olmsted Middle School Auditorium, located at 27351 Butternut Ridge Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. The Educational Roundtable Discussion for Schools in Ohio’s 24th Senate District on the topic of “Preserving Our Funding in the Next State Budget”. The roundtable is for school board members, administrators, and key stakeholders in the 24th Senate District. The event is open all members of the public as well. The purpose of the roundtable is to raise awareness about the importance of the next state budget and to be educational for those in attendance. The roundtable will still be the same format and panel of experts. School districts planning to attend currently includes: Bay Village, Bedford, Berea, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, Independence, Mayfield, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Orange, Rocky River, Strongsville, Solon, and Westlake.
Our panel of experts features the following people:
• State Senator Tom Patton, 24th Ohio Senate District
• Zach Schiller, Research Director for Policy Matters Ohio
• Michelle Francis, Ohio School Boards Association
• Tom Ash, Director of Governmental Development, BASA
• Anthony Podojil, Executive Director, The Alliance for High Quality Education
• Tim Pickana, Treasurer of the Solon City School District
We have also invited State Representatives Nan Baker (16th District), Marlene Anielski (17th District) and Mike Dovilla (18th District). And Mr. Reno Contipelli, from the Cuyahoga Heights Board of Education, will be our facilitator for the roundtable discussion. Although this may be tweaked before the event, here is the tentative agenda for the Roundtable:
• Welcome to attendees
• Introduction of panel members
• Recognition of special guests
• Q&A session with panel featuring prepared questions from participating school districts
• Q&A session featuring impromptu questions from participating school districts
• Q&A from audience (if time allows)
• Wrap up

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 February 28th 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!

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.

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”