Board Update

Good Evening:

“It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States”
~Andrew Jackson

Happy President’s Day!


The School Board met on February 15th for its’ February Regular School Board Meeting. Some highlights from the meeting. Board recognized 4th Graders from Valley Vista Elementary School on their Fleece Blanket Service Project for Children in the Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic. North Royalton High School Key Club students gave a presentation to the board regarding the Key Club’s tutoring program at Valley Vista Elementary School. The Board approved Governing Rules and 2012 Board Goals. For 2012 the Board’s Goals as follows:
1. Always keep the education of the children our highest priority.
2. Promote the use of electronic technology by the Board, to decrease paper usage, thus participating in the district’s efforts to become more green.
3. In cooperation with the administration, continue to promote collaborative partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher learning to improve our district.
4. In cooperation with the administration, encourage continuous evaluation for reduction of expenses without affecting the quality of education or the extra- curricular experience. Enhance reporting of finances with inclusion of the monthly financial report to the Regular meeting minutes.
5. Continuous review of our Strategic Plan to accomplish full adoption.
In addition the Board approved appointment of John Kelly as delegate and Anne Reinkober as alternate to the Ohio School Boards Association’s Annual Meeting November 10-14, 2012. Board approved appropriation adjustments. The Board approved the 2012-2013 NRHS Course Catalog. Board approved various retirements, leaves of absence, and supplemental contracts. Board approved various parental transportation contracts for the 2011-2012 school year. The Board approved also various other agenda items, and such other matters that came before the Board.
Here is a link to the Audio Recording of the February 15thRegular School Board Meeting:http://www.northroyaltonsd.org/external/audio/021512RegMtg.mp3

Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton
Earlier this year, a collaborative coalition of parents, school personnel, business professionals, religious leaders, and other community activists known as the Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton, applied for and were awarded a Federal Drug-Free Community Grant. The grant will be active for two years under the guidance and mentorship of the CAPA (Community Awareness and Prevention Association), and local, well-established coalition in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights communities. A key component of this grant is to conduct a Community Perception Survey to determine where needs are in relation to the amount of substance use and/or abuse among various age groups in the community. The greater our response to the survey, the better our results will be for analyzing how we can better service those within our community affected by substance abuse issues. Please consider taking a few minutes to participate in the survey. Answers are completely anonymous and are not in any way connected to an identifiable email address. After completing the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing to win an iPad2! Again, responses are still not linked to your name. The survey can be accessed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/NRCPS2012KC. Data will be collected through March 1, 2012.

ECC Lil’ Bears PTA Playground Project
The ECC Lil’ Bears PTA is planning on purchasing a play structure that will allow 25-30 kids access to play at a given time. The structure will include at least 1 slide, currently missing from the current playground equipment. Another component would be a molded climbing wall that leads to a platform. The overall unit will also include 2-3 interactive panels like a driver’s panel with steering wheel, mazes or perhaps talking tubes. So far the PTA has already raised about $5K which is a great start to their goal of $8K. But they still need to raise more to reach their final goal. If you would like to make a donation to the ECC playground, checks can be written to: LIL’ BEARS PTA and send it into school 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147 in an envelope marked PLAYGROUND DONATION.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

Jodi Heffke
ECC Lil’ Bears PTA

Stephanie Kostyack
Goals Chairperson
ECC Lil’ Bears PTA

The Presidential Primary Elections will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Since the Board of Elections no longer automatically mails ballots applications prior to the election, voters must now request their ballot application. Please click on Primary Election for information on how to request a ballot. You can also visit the Board of Elections website for more information as well at www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us

Spring Food Box Application and Distribution
Once again the City of North Royalton Office on Aging and Human Services will distribute Spring Food Boxes to the needy who reside in our city on Saturday, March 31, 2012. In order to be eligible for the program, you will need to:
• Complete a food bank application at their office at 13500 Ridge Road
• Bring a picture ID
• Bring a current utility bill with your address on it
• Bring proof of income
• 2012 Income guidelines are: Examples are used. For complete guidelines, call the City of North Royalton Office on Aging and Human Services.
Size of household – 1 Total gross income $21,780
Size of household – 4 Total gross income $44,700

If you are unable to come into their office or have questions about the program, please contact the City of North Royalton Office on Aging and Human Services at
440-582-6333. Last day for taking applications is Friday, March 19, 2012.

Presidents’ Day: February 20th—- No School

Transportation Committee Meeting on February 22nd at 9:30am @ North Royalton Board of Education Office Conference Room, 6579 Royalton Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133.

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 22nd at the Coffee Club located at 500 E Royalton Rd. in Broadview Heights from 5:30pm-7:30pm. 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.

NR Athletic Boosters 13th Annual Night at the Races to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Tickets $25.00. For further ticket information, email or call: mgatins@wideopenwest.com or Elaine Gatins at 440.582.8241

Financial Advisory Committee Meeting on February 29th at 7:00pm @ North Royalton Board of Education Office Conference Room, 6579 Royalton Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133.

Special Board Meeting on March 8th at 6:30pm @ North Royalton Board of Education Office Conference Room, 6579 Royalton Rd., North Royalton, OH 44133.

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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”