Board Update

Good Evening:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education”. –Martin Luther King Jr.

I just wanted to update you all that I didn’t get Board President or Vice President at Organizational School Board Meeting on January 10th, but it felt good to stand up as a leader. I was one vote shy of being elected Vice President of the Board. But regardless I will continue to work hard in my role as a Board Member and doing my best serve the constituents and students in our district! I have received my committee assignments for 2011 and I have been re-appointed to the Policy Committee and will also serve as the Legislative Liaison for the Board. In addition I am also the High School Building Liaison, which is for just for a term for the 2010-2011 School Year.


The School Board met on January 10th for its’ annual Organizational School Board Meeting. The Board held its’ annual elections for Board President and Vice President. Both officers are elected by the board for a term of 1 year. Nominations for Board President were as follows: Mr. Reinhard nominated Mrs. Reinkober and Mr. Langshaw, nominated himself. By a vote of 4 to 1, Mrs. Reinkober was elected as Board President. The Board then took nominations for Board Vice President and they were as follows: Mrs. Hannan nominated Mr. Langshaw and Mrs. Reinkober nominated Mr. Reinhard. By a vote of 3 to 2, Mr. Reinhard was elected as Board Vice President. After officer elections the board continued on approving annual items for 2011. The Board approved adopting Robert’s rules of order, reaffirming board policies and philosophy of the education for 2011, establish service fund, various authorizations for the treasurer, establish petty cash accounts, and various authorizations for the superintendent. The Board approved setting the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm, North Royalton High School Community Room, as the date and place for the 2011 Regular Meetings of the Board of Education. The Board approved renewing OSBA legal assistance fund membership and membership in the Ohio School Boards Association. The Board approved authorization to file tax complaints and for the law firm of Britton, Smith, Peters, & Kalail, L.P.A. to represent it in such complaints. Prior to voting on this item at the last week’s work session Mrs. Hannan and I requested reviewing the itemized billing statement’s for the district’s legal counsel Britton, Smith, Peters, & Kalail, L.P.A. When expenditures exceed over $80K or more it is important to make sure that we are being fiscally responsible. After reviewing the documents at the work session and before the organizational meeting, I felt more comfortable in supporting such cost but will do more in the future to keep an eye on such necessary expenditures. The Board approved authorization to establish prices and fees. The Board also approved its’ declaration of public purpose.

After the conclusion of the School Board’s Organizational Meeting on January 10th, the Board immediately went into its’ January Regular School Board Meeting. High School Science Teacher and LINK Crew Coordinator Andy Peltz gave a presentation the Board on student involvement. As part of the district’s strategic plan the district is trying work on new initiatives to increase student involvement. Last, year I introduced a proposal for creating a student liaison position to the Board. The Board did not accept my proposal, however this year it will try and do more in the area of student involvement by revamping the role of the Board’s Student Achievement Liaison. High School Senior Logan Pearce was recognized for his outstanding academic and athletic achievements by honoring him with the OHSFCA Academic All-Ohio Award. 2011 Board Committee Assignments were announced as follows:

Committee Board Rep Alternate
City Recreation/Building & Grounds Len Reinhard Heidi Dolezal
Curriculum Heidi Dolezal Len Reinhard
Family & Civic Engagement Anne Reinkober Len Reinhard
Financial Advisory Anne Reinkober Heidi Dolezal
NR Educational Foundation Heidi Dolezal Anne Reinkober
Policy Dan Langshaw
Transportation Len Reinhard Anne Reinkober

Legislative Liaison Dan Langshaw
Student Achievement Liaison Cheryl Hannan
CVCC Representative Cheryl Hannan

Treasurer McIntosh held a brief Tax Budget Hearing. The Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2012 Tax Budget. The Board approved revised salary schedules for Athletic Event Workers 2010-2011 school year and NRCS Classified Substitute Salary Schedule. Superintendent Vittardi read a resolution declaring the month of January as School Board Recognition Month. The board approved adopting the 2011-2012 School Year Calendar. In addition the Board approved various retirements, changes of assignment, approved amendments to supplemental and personal service contracts. The Board approved also various other agenda items, and such other matters that came before the Board.

The roundtable discussion I have been working to organize, that was scheduled for January 12th was canceled due to the weather. The roundtable will be tentatively rescheduled for some time in late Feburary.

State education funding forum at North Olmsted Middle School canceled due to weather

Sara Macho, Sun News

Because many participants are from the Columbus area, the Jan. 12 state education funding forum organized in part by North Royalton School Board member Dan Langshaw is canceled.

Based on proposed state budget cuts for schools, representatives from the North Royalton, Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Strongsville school districts planned to attend the first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion on school funding, education and legislative affairs.

North Royalton school board member Dan Langshaw and Terry Groden of the North Olmsted school board teamed up to organize “Preserving our Funding in the Next State Budget” public forum that invited more than 16 school districts in Ohio’s 24th Senate District.

The event will be re-scheduled.

Invited panel members include representatives from Policy Matters Ohio, the Center for Community Solutions, the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, The Alliance for High Quality Education, Solon City School District Treasurer Tim Pickana and Sen. Tom Patton, R-24.



This week there are various meetings and events.

State of the Schools Breakfast
January 19, 2011, 8:00am at Flair Restaurant & Event Center, 12841 State Road, North Royalton, OH 44133.Come hear Mr. Vittardi give his annual State of the Schools report that will highlight progress that has been made with the district’s five year strategic plan, increased communication and community engagement, financial update, student achievements, as well as the Stadium Foundation project. Cost is $12 for North Royalton Chamber of Commerce members and $15 for non-members. To make a reservation, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 440-237-6180 or email info@nroyaltonchamber.com.

Facilities Committee Meeting on January 19th @ 7 PM at the High School Media Center, 14713 Ridge Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133. Feel free to invite anyone you may think that has an interest. If you have any questions please contact the Facilities Committee Chair John Ranucci at 440-237-8480.

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 January 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. There is no appointment necessary. Simply stop by and talk to me. Hope to see you there!

Website Under Construction
I just wanted to let you know that my website is currently under construction. Later this month I will be unveiling my new and improved website at www.danlangshaw.com.

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”