Dear Community,

On  June 1,  2017North  Royalton High School held its 111th commencement ceremony at the State Theater in Playhouse Square.  It was a wonderful and special evening, highlighted by the fine speeches of our students Gabrielle White and Allison Higgins.  The Class of 2017 has all the tools to be successful in whatever they chose to do in life.  Congratulations!  We know you will make a difference in our world and remember to treat those barriers that you face as challenges to show how much you want what is on the other side!

Unfortunately, tragedy struck our North Royalton family this past week with the senseless loss of life for two former students and their mother.  Taylor Pifer, Class of 2014 and Kylie Pifer, Class of 2016, along with their mother, will be in our thoughts and prayers, as well as the entire family.  Anytime you lose a family member it is heartbreaking, but it is especially so in the manner of these deaths.  I know that our North Royalton School family will be there to comfort and support each other during this difficult time.

While we are in the infancy stages of our school construction and renovation project, things are moving along.  Below, you will see the steps we are taking at this time.  We will use this forum of communication, as well as a special tab on our website (, to keep the community updated as to the progress of the projects.

While summer may seem like a relaxing time for schools, it is actually quite the opposite.  We are busy planning for the start of the 2017-2018 school year on August 24, while also taking a moment to reflect on this past year. I am excited for the upcoming year and the opportunity to engage the staff, students, parents, and community in a conversation about what the future of our facilities and our district should look like.  I wish everyone an enjoyable summer with time to relax and enjoy family and friends.  
I hope that you find this  monthly newsletter informative and a good way to keep you up to date on the happenings of our  schools and the Board of Education.  I would welcome any thoughts and comments that you have in regards to this or anything dealing 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



On May 17, 2017, the North Royalton Board of Education met to begin plans for the design, construction and renovation of the district's buildings, specifically different construction methods, timeline and legal obligations, and processes when working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. David Riley, the school district's legal counsel, answered questions and helped advise the Board and administration on these issues. Riley is one of the premier legal construction counselors in Northeast Ohio and represents many school districts in these types of projects. 
NEXT STEPS . . .  

1. Selecting an Architect

"The next step in the process is for the Board of Education to post the request for qualifications from architect firms," said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. "Those proposals will be reviewed carefully by the Board of Education and several finalists will be selected to be interviewed. We hope to be done with this process by late summer 2017." 

2. Utilizing a Construction Manager 

Once the architect is chosen, the district will utilize the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method which includes a commitment by a Construction Manager to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price, based on construction documents and specifications. The CMAR provides professional services and consults in the design development and construction phases. "There are many benefits from using a Construction Manager including an increased level of cost control from the start," said Gurka. "In the meantime, we will meet with the Community Facilities Advisory committee to review timelines and begin the first steps in maintaining our commitment to the community."

3. Engaging the Community

Stakeholders, such as teachers and community members, will be engaged at that time to discuss what the new elementary school and new section of the high school will look like. Focus groups at the middle school level will occur to discuss instructional changes and enhancements that are needed in that building, as well. "We are building a strong foundation, both in education and facilities and there will be opportunities for us to have dialogue with our residents throughout every step of the process," said Gurka.

Estimated Time of the Project . . . 
The design process with the architect will take approximately one year. New construction of the buildings is estimated to be complete by the 2020-2021 school year. 

The 4.9 mills that was approved on May 2 from North Royalton voters will cost $9.04 per month per $100,000 of assessed property value beginning in January 2018. This amount factors in the drop off of the existing middle school bond issue and the establishment of a maintenance fund earmarked to maintain the buildings. 

How Will Funds be Used . . . 

Funds are being used to build one new centralized elementary school, to be located on the 23 acres of district-owned property on the southwest corner of State Road and Valley Parkway. Funds also will be used to renovate the middle school for today's learning environments and renovate and rebuild the high school to focus on student-centered learning. A new 100,000 square foot section will be built onto the rear of the high school that will contain regular classrooms, science labs and other educational spaces.
Also, as part of the bond issue plan, there will be permanent improvement projects that will be completed throughout the next several years. At the middle school, this includes replacing roofing and HVAC units, redesigning the media center, updating technology infrastructure, as well as designing learning spaces for STEM and other areas of curriculum. At the high school, this includes renovating the 1970s and 1980s areas of the high school to include new science labs, media center, expanded space for music department, as well as installation of new HVAC, lighting, roofs, door, windows and safe and secure entrances. The full plan is available on the district website.


Table 1 compares our monthly operating receipts to the prior year actual for the first eleven 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 eleven 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 eleven 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 surpasses expenditures.

Table 4 illustrates our fiscal year to date operating expenditures by category for the first eleven months of our fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017).  Salary & Wages represent approximately 60%, Fringe Benefits 24%, Purchased Services 12%, Materials Supplies & Textbooks 2% and the combination of Capital Outlay and Operational Fees 2%.


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

Share your Opinion Regarding the School's 
Community Access Cable Station

We are surveying the community on the usage of the school's community access cable station.  Thank you for your time and input.   Click here to answer five quick questions.

Highlights of the June 12, 2017 Board of Education Meeting Presentations

Master Teachers Recognized by Board of Education

Matthew Bosak, Master Teacher
Congratulations to Matthew Bosak, North Royalton High School Social Studies Teacher, who was designated as a "Master Teacher" by the Ohio Department of Education.  He was recognized at the June 12 North Royalton Board of Education meeting.  Also recognized for renewing their Master Teacher certificate were Cathy Drescher, North Royalton Middle School Intervention Specialist/Gifted Teacher and Jessica Yappel, North Royalton High School Science Teacher.

The Master Teacher program selects teachers based on the following criteria:  consistent leadership; focused collaboration; distinguished teaching with a focus on student and environment; distinguished teaching with a focus on content, instruction and assessment; and continued professional growth. The Master Teacher designation is valid for a period five years.

Special thanks to Weible & Associates, CPA, a full-service accounting firm located in Broadview Heights and a North Royalton City Schools' business/school partner, for sponsoring the Master Teacher Award for many years. 

Anne Reinkober Recognized as Distinguished Board Member

At the June 12 North Royalton Board of Education meeting, Board Member Anne Reinkober was recognized as a Distinguished Board Member by The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) as a 10-year veteran board member.  We thank Anne for her continued dedication and commitment to public education as a school board member for North Royalton City Schools.

North Royalton City Schools Hires New Transportation Supervisor

The North Royalton Board of Education hired Greg Hovan as the district's new transportation supervisor at its meeting on June 12.  Hovan replaces Joe Marcinowski who retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Hovan has been the transportation director at Garfield Heights City Schools for the past three years. Prior to that, he worked as a bus driver at both Mayfield City Schools and Hawken School. "He comes highly recommended from his present district, as well as colleagues and supervisors in other districts," said Assistant Superintendent Jim Presot.  "We are looking for a smooth transition in leadership and we are confident that Hovan will continue the excellence in student transportation and safety for years to come."
Hovan has a degree in Business Logistics and Management from John Carroll University, which has helped him throughout his career in leading and managing both people and departments.
Hovan begins on June 26.


The Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton's mission is to promote a healthy, drug-free community, and input from our citizens is needed to accomplish that goal. That is why PHNR partnered with independent researchers from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, CAPA from Brecksville/Broadview Heights and 25 & Alive from Independence to conduct a community perception survey.
Click here to access the survey. Survey participation is important because it helps to gain a better understanding of the perception in the community, and then, PHNR can use the data collected to influence decision making and implement prevention programming. 

The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. Those who chose, can win one of three $250 VISA gift cards. Please take a moment to complete the survey and a chance to win a $250 gift card!


Congratulations North Royalton High School Class of 2017!

Click the video to watch highlights of the 2017 Commencement that
took place on Thursday, June 1.

Other Useful Links for you . . .  

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

to view the 2017-18 School Calendar.
Click here
for the NR Board of Education meeting minutes and agendas.  Click here for meeting dates for 2016-17.