Dear Community,

On behalf of the  North  Royalton City Schools staff and Board of Education, we thank the community for their support of Issue 11.  We are committed to bringing our buildings  to today's educational standards in a comprehensive way.  The district will ensure an  open and transparent construction process and will work closely with the Community Facilities Advisory Committee to oversee spending.  I want to thank the Committee for Royalton Schools' Future and hundreds of volunteers for their countless hours of work to help educate residents of our need. I also want to thank our local businesses and both the North Royalton Chamber of Commerce and the Broadview Heights  Chamber  of Commerce for valuing the importance of strong schools and how that equates to a strong, vibrant community.  The passage of Issue 11 will have a lasting influence on the quality of our schools and the health of our community.

On June 1, we will say good luck and farewell to the Class of 2017! Commencement is always a wonderful event and a cause to sit back and reflect on the growth, development, and changes that have occurred over the past 13 years of our students' lives. It is hard to believe that many of the students in this graduating class were first graders with me at Albion in what was to be my last year as a building principal. When I think of all the changes that have occurred in my life since then, it pales in comparison to the dramatic changes our students have gone through. It is my hope that every life that has been touched by someone in the North Royalton Schools has made a positive impact on our students. I wish nothing but the best to the Class of 2017 and hope they have a wonderful and safe end to their careers with the North Royalton City Schools.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 440-582-9030 or at


Greg Gurka, 
North Royalton City Schools



QUESTION:  I saw in a local news article that the recently approved bond issue is going to cost the homeowner $171.50 per year.  In the district information, it stated it would be $9.04 per $100,000 home valuation.   Why the difference?

ANSWER:  Reporters are simply calculating the total millage of 4.9 mills to have a tax increase of $171.50 per year for a $100,000 home without considering the expiring 1.8 mill bond issue.  
Issue 11 will have an effective tax millage increase of 3.1 mills (4.9 - 1.8) which will result in a net tax increase of $9.04 per month per $100,000 of property value when factoring the expiring 1.8 mill bond issue.  
We sincerely hope this clears up any misunderstanding. Please know that the district will keep its commitment to maintain the cost at $9.04/month per $100,000 property value. As always please call our office at 440.237.8800 if you need additional information.

QUESTION: What's next in this process?

ANSWER: The Board of Education will be determining the construction method. In addition, Treasurer Biagio Sidoti is initiating the process to obtain a credit rating from Moody's Investor Services, which will then allow the district to sell the bonds at an anticipated sale date of July 26. The Community Facilities Advisory Committee will be meeting in the next several weeks to begin their role in the oversight of the spending.  

We will keep the community updated by using this monthly e-newsletter as well as other communications.  Once again, thank you for your support.


Table 1 compares our monthly operating receipts to the prior year actual for the first 10 months of our fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017).  It further estimates our collection through our fiscal year end.  You will notice two large collection points in our fiscal year which are July and February.  These two months are considerably higher than the others due to real estate collection which represents over 70% of our revenues.
Table 2 compares our monthly operating expenditures to the prior year actual for the first 10 months of our fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017).  It further estimates our expenditures through our fiscal year end.  You will notice a consistent expenditure pattern throughout our fiscal year due to salaries and wages being evenly distributed throughout our fiscal year.
Table 3 illustrates the current actual cumulative monthly operating revenues and expenditures for the first 10 months of our fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017).  It further estimates our cumulative revenues and expenditures through our fiscal year end.  You will notice a gradual increase in both revenues and expenditures as we approach our fiscal year end where revenues slightly surpass expenditures.

Table 4 illustrates our fiscal year to date operating expenditures by category for the first 10 months of our fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017).  Salary & Wages represent approximately 60%, Fringe Benefits 24%, Purchased Services 11%, Materials Supplies & Textbooks 2% and the combination of Capital Outlay and Operational Fees 3%.


Click here for the North Royalton City School District five-year forecast.

Interested in reading more?  District financial information such as our annual financial reports, forecasts, tax rates, etc., can be found by  clicking here.

Biagio Sidoti, Treasurer
North Royalton City Schools

Highlights of the May 8, 2017 Board of Education Meeting Presentations

Friend of Education . . . Chris May

PTA President Chris May is the 2016-17 North Royalton City Schools' "Friend of Education." She was recognized at the May 8 Board of Education meeting.

"The Friend of Education Award is an annual award given by our district designed to recognize a friend who is not a teacher or support staff member, but somebody who just cares about making our school district the best it can be," said Gurka. "Chris May is supportive and has the best interests at heart for our students and entire school community."

Chris gives her time tirelessly in her roles as PTA president and member, parent, and booster. She was a member of the district's strategic planning community engagement committee and is also on the Committee for Royalton Schools' Future.  

"As a friend, Chris is supportive, always by your side and always willing to lend a helping hand," said Gurka. 


Teacher of the Year . . . Lee Ann Morris

The North Royalton Board of Education also recognized the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year at their May board meeting.  Congratulations to Teacher of the Year Mrs. Lee Ann Morris and Staff Member of the Year Mrs. Beth Machusick.

Mrs. Lee Ann Morris, a first grade teacher at Royal View Elementary, has been a teacher in the North Royalton City Schools for the past 23 years. "Not only is she a dedicated, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic teacher, but she is also the consummate team player who is always willing to help anyone in need at Royal View," said Greg Gurka, superintendent, North Royalton City Schools. "Lee Ann has been a wonderful co-teacher in the first grade for a number of years and has made a lasting impact not only on the students she serves, but also the intervention specialists she has teamed with. Lee Ann works hard to communicate with her students at their level, respectfully approaching them while using positive reinforcement as a way to motivate and instill confidence."  Click here to read more.


Staff Member of the Year . . . Beth Machusick
The Support Staff Person of the Year is Beth Machusick, a paraprofessional at North Royalton Middle School. Mrs. Machusick has worked in many different classrooms and with many different teachers during her tenure in North Royalton. "Beth is an ardent supporter of helping students and develops meaningful relationships with each and every one of them," said North Royalton Middle School Principal Jeff Cicerchi. In addition, she is an advocate for all staff as she serves in a leadership role for the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) union. 

Recognizing our Retirees . . . 

A t the April 25 North Royalton Educational Foundation reception, as well as the May 8 Board of Education meeting, our retirees were recognized and thanked for their years of service to our district. 

These retires include: Classified Staff: Patricia Thomas - Bus Driver/Transportation; Rosanne Kacenjar - Administrative Assistant/Pupil Services; Carolyn Bloom - Aide/Middle School; Donna Gergely - 9-Month Office Secretary/High School; Jean Jackson - Aide/Albion; Jan Troy - Administrative Assistant, Central Office; Paula Atves - Aide/Albion; Jovo Batkovic - Utility Custodian/Royal View; Linda Koler - Aide/Middle School; Joseph Marcinowski - Transportation Supervisor/Transportation; Carol Kolodka - Cafeteria Worker/High School; and Becky Moll - Aide/Middle School.  Certified Staff: Mike Budzik - Science/High School; Aggie Ozello - English/High School; Marigene Margevicius - Science/High School; and Mike Rudolph - Math/High School.

Albion Elementary Celebrates Superkids . . . 

Principal Vince Ketterer and several students presented at the May Board of Education meeting on the Superhero Day they had at school recently.  

The school had a dedicated bulletin board to post the super work students have achieved in extra-curricular activities or interests, such as sports, scouts, music and volunteerism.  

They called the board, "Superhero Selfies," and was a way to embrace the diversity of families and interests at Albion Elementary and celebrate the hard work and dedication of the student body in the community. 


North Royalton High School . . . One of Nation's Top Public Schools

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking, North Royalton City Schools ranked 98th in the state as one of the best high schools in the country.  

Congratulations to our staff, students and families for this accomplishment.  We will continue to inspire and empower our learners!


Other Useful Links for you . . .  

to read the North Royalton City School District's Quality Profile.  

for the 2016-17 school calendar 
Click here
for the NR Board of Education meeting minutes and agendas.  Click here for meeting dates for 2016-17.