Dear Community,
With five weeks of school now complete, the fall is an exciting time as students and staff are energized by a plethora of activities that fill our days, nights and weekends. Students participate in many activities, including athletic contests, music performances, and other extracurricular pursuits.  A great deal of these are accessible to the public and I encourage everyone to catch a game, watch a show, or participate in any number of things that are occurring. Please refer to the calendar on the homepage of our district's website.  Our schools remain great because of our supportive community and I thank all of you for helping us "inspire and empower learners."

This year, our primary focus is to work with the Community Engagement Task Force to gather input on our schools to be used by the committee to develop a facilities plan.  To that end, a series of neighborhood coffee events are being planned throughout the community to gather your feedback.  A letter was sent to all residents of the school district explaining the coffees and asking people to host or attend.  I would ask that you commit to hosting a coffee in your home for your friends and neighbors.  You will need to do nothing more than pick a date and invite people to attend and determine the refreshments to serve.  Someone will facilitate the conversation and handle everything else.  If you can commit to host a coffee, please either respond to me or to .  At the end of this process, a community meeting will be held on   December 7, 2015   at 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center at NRHS for the committee to disseminate the information.

I know the 2015-2016 school year is going to be another great year as we work together to move our district and our community forward to meet the needs of  today 's students and   tomorrow 's leaders. 

We have a great deal to be proud of at North Royalton City Schools and I hope that you take a moment to read this newsletter and stay informed of what is happening around our schools and with the Board of Education.  I also encourage you to visit our newly designed website at

I welcome your thoughts and comments.  Please call me at  440-582-9030   or email me at

Greg Gurka, 
North Royalton City Schools


Table 1 compares our monthly operating receipts to the prior year actual for the first two months of our fiscal year (July 2015 through August 2015).  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 two month of our fiscal year (July 2015 through August 2015).  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 the year.

Table 3 illustrates the current actual cumulative monthly operating revenues and expenditures for the first two month of our fiscal year (July 2015 through August 2016).  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 and expenditures eventually meet.

Table 4 illustrates our fiscal year to date operating expenditures by category for the first two months of our fiscal year (July 2015 through August 2015).  Salary and Wages represent approximately 55%, Fringe Benefits 24%, Purchased Services 14%, Materials Supplies & Textbooks 3% and the combination of Capital Outlay and Operational Fees 4%.

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


North Royalton City Schools Publishes 2nd Annual Quality Profile

North Royalton City Schools joins districts from across the State of Ohio today in releasing a "Quality Profile"-a complete, qualitative overview of our district.  The document includes additional accountability measures that better define a high quality education and are not included in the State's report each year.  North Royalton City Schools has placed its Quality Profile report on its website homepage on the left hand side of the page.
The report's content is divided into six categories: academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement, and pupil services. We know there is so much more to a child's growth than a test score.  The efforts of our parents and community members are an important part of our success and I want to thank everyone for their support of our students, staff and programs.  I ask you to take a few minutes this week to review the North Royalton City Schools Quality Profile.  
In addition to finding it on our website, you can also view it here:

Legislation Introduced to Create Specialty License Plates with Funding to School District

On September 4, State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Ohio House District 6) and State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Ohio House District 7) co-introduced a bill that would create an additional funding source for North Royalton City Schools.  With the purchase of a school district specialty license plate, the district will receive additional funding that will be designated to assist in the emotional and mental well -being of students.  The bill will now need to move through the legislative process.
Under the legislation, any Ohio resident who wishes to support North Royalton City Schools can purchase the license plate, which will showcase the school's design created by North Royalton High School students.  There will be an additional charge of $40 on top of the original costs for the plate-$10 to be used by the BMV for their administrative purposes  by and $30 to be directly earmarked to the corresponding schools. Purchasers of the plates shall remain anonymous from any school database, unless they complete a consent form to release their information to the schools.
I am proud to have the North Royalton City School District participate in this meaningful initiative and thank both Representatives Anielski and Dovilla for their support.  This program will help us provide services necessary to meet the social and emotional needs of our students as we work to fulfill our mission of inspiring and empowering learners.

North Royalton Educational Foundation Pasta Dinner on Friday, September 25

On Friday, September 25, the North Royalton Educational Foundation will hold their annual Pasta Dinner, catered by Augie's of North Royalton, in the North Royalton Middle School cafeteria from 4:30-6:30 pm.  

The pre-sale dinner ticket price for an adult meal is $8.00 and includes an adult pasta dinner with a salad, pasta, two meatballs, garlic bread and a beverage.  The senior and student (ages 2-18) pasta dinner is $6.50 and includes a salad, pasta, one meatball, garlic bread and a beverage.  The last dinner option is a $6.00 pizza dinner that includes two pieces of cheese pizza and a beverage.  All pre-sale ticket prices are available now through September 18.  Prices after September 18 and at the door the night of the event will be $10.00 for adults, and $8.00 for seniors, students and the pizza dinner.  

When purchasing tickets for the pasta dinner please make checks payable to the North Royalton Educational Foundation and drop off the checks at any North Royalton school office or the board office. Any further questions can be directed to Lynn Dorman at 440-717-3490 or by email at

Proceeds of the Pasta Dinner will fund teacher grants, scholarships for graduating seniors, and programs that recognize academic excellence.

North Royalton High School Announces Four National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to Owen Benefiel, Ryan Chester, Brian Chu, and Brian Kozik of North Royalton High School for being recognized as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists.  The National Merit program recognizes students with high PSAT scores and an excellent academic transcript.  About 1.5 million high school juniors across the country this year will compete for 7,400 scholarships.  Semi-finalists represent less than 1% of American high school seniors.

North Royalton High School Senior Selected for the 2016 US Army All-American Marching Band
Alison Michalke, a senior mellophone player in the North Royalton High School Marching Band, was recognized by North Royalton High School Principal Sean Osborne at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 14 for being selected to play in the US Army All-American Marching Band.  Alison was chosen from more than 1,300 nominees from 47 cities across the country. 

During half time at the US Army All-American Bowl, Alison will take the field along with 124 other top musicians and color guard members from across the country.
The game will be held in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 9, 2016 and will be broadcasted live on NBC at 1 p.m.  The All-American Bowl has been held for the last 16 years and has helped launch several NFL careers for some of the students who participated in the game.

Alison will formally be recognized and presented with this honor by the US Army on September 23 in the North Royalton High School Performing Arts Center in front of the marching band.

North Royalton High School Senior Achieves Perfect ACT Score

North Royalton High School senior Ryan Chester achieved a perfect score of 36 on his ACT.  Each year, around 1.85 million students take the ACT and only 0.075 percent of these students receive a perfect score.  This is the second perfect score among the North Royalton High School senior class.  Brian Chu also was recognized at the June Board of Education meeting.

"Ryan is a student who pushes himself academically and is involved in many activities," said North Royalton High School Principal Sean Osborne.  "We congratulate Ryan and his family on this outstanding achievement."

Transportation Department Update

At the Board of Education Meeting on Monday, September 14, Joe Marcinowski, Transportation Supervisor for North Royalton City Schools, updated the board and community on the department for the 2015-2016 school year.   Click here to read the story:

Thank you North Royalton High School Royal Harmony Show Choir for singing the alma mater at the September Board of Education meeting.


You're Invited to a Community Presentation on 
"Heroin in the Suburbs" - September 23

The Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton (PHNR) has partnered with Judge Michael Astrab of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas to bring information to our community in regards to the topic "Heroin in the Suburbs."  On Friday, September 18, Judge Astrab met with middle school and high school students to understand the addictiveness of heroin and discuss the effects that heroin addiction has on people's lives by using real-life examples.  

On Wednesday,  September 23, 2015  at 7:00 PM in the North Royalton High School Performing Arts Center, Judge Astrab will present a program for the community entitled "Heroin in the Suburbs." This presentation is open to everyone in the North Royalton and Broadview Heights community, as well as anyone in the surrounding communities.  Judge Astrab will be joined by Robert Brandt, who will tell his story about the tragic death of his son Robbie of a heroin overdose. 


Other Useful Links for you . . .  

Click here
to read the April 2015 Community Update on Facilities, Finances, and Community Engagement Taskforce

to read the North Royalton City School District's Quality Profile.  An update of the Quality Profile will be presented to the community in September 2015.

to read the Spring 2015 North Royalton "Bear Way" magazine.   The fall "Bear Way" will be published in October 2015.

Click here
to watch the latest "Bear Time" with the Superintendent video.  
Click here
for the NR Board of Education meeting minutes and agendas.  Click here for meeting dates for 2015.

for a snapshot of our Ohio Department of Education Local Report Card.