Dear Community,

Happy Fall!  I cannot believe how fast the school year goes and that we are already looking at the end of the first quarter.  I hope that you have been able to follow all of the fantastic posts on Twitter and Facebook that go along with #NRinspiregreat.  As a superintendent, it is great to be able to see all the wonderful things that our students and staff are doing on a daily basis.  I encourage you to follow your teacher, principal or me, @gurkag.

November 8 is a critical day for the North Royalton Schools.  Issue 116 will address the educational needs of the district by addressing the physical needs.  It is critical that all residents become educated on Issue 116.  A wealth of information can be found on our district website at  FAQ's, articles and videos of our staff, elected officials and others, will provide you with information to allow you to make an informed choice when you vote.  Whether you vote in person on November 8 or are voting early by mail, your support of Issue 116 will not only allow our schools to be strong, our community and property values will also remain strong.

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.  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 three 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 three 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 three 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 and expenditures eventually meet.

Table 4 illustrates our fiscal year to date operating expenditures by category for the first three months of our fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017).  Salary and Wages represent approximately 57%, Fringe Benefits 23%, Purchased Services 12%, Materials Supplies Textbooks 3% and the combination of Capital Outlay and Operational Fees 5%.

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

A Message from our Superintendent 
Regarding the Future of Education in North Royalton

Click here for a message from Superintendent Greg Gurka.

Community Facilities Committee to be Created
To Oversee Spending of North Royalton City Schools' Construction/Renovation of Buildings

North Royalton City Schools, along with the City of North Royalton and the City of Broadview Heights, made an announcement on October 10 regarding the upcoming bond issue, Issue 116, on the November 8 ballot. 

As the district has stated since the facilities plan was created more a year ago, a committee will be developed to oversee the funds being spent on the construction and maintenance of the school buildings as part of its facility plan, Issue 116.  This new Community Facilities Committee will consist of two residents appointed by Mayor Robert Stefanik of the City of North Royalton, two residents appointed by Mayor Sam Alai of the City of Broadview Heights, and three residents that currently serve on the district's Financial Advisory Committee and Community Engagement Task Force.

As part of the funding plan, the district is working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC).  Not only will the OFCC be contributing state funds for the project, they will provide construction experts and will oversee the project spending.  The Community Facility Committee will be an extension of that process in which independent participants will meet quarterly to review the construction budget and the actual expenditures associated within the scope and budget of the project.  The committee will then be charged with communicating updates back to the community.

"We want what is best for our community and we know how important it is for a community to have strong schools," said Mayor Sam Alai, City of Broadview Heights.  "By having two of our residents working side-by-side with the schools and OFCC in overseeing project spending, I am hoping our residents will see this truly is a community effort/project."
"As Mayor of North Royalton, I welcome the opportunity to have a voice at the table," said Mayor Robert Stefanik, City of North Royalton. "I believe it is important to have participation from outside the umbrella of the school district to oversee expenditures and construction cost of this much needed project. A strong school system is imperative to the future of our communities."

"We want residents to understand that Issue 116 is a community issue, not just a school issue," said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. "It's not easy to accept a tax increase when costs continue to rise all around us. We understand. We hope the residents of North Royalton and Broadview Heights that are a part of the North Royalton City School District realize that our Board of Education is committed to being fiscally responsible and are working with both cities, and community members, on the decisions we make."

For more information on the North Royalton City Schools' bond issue, go to .

Students from Albion and Valley Vista Elementary Work Together Thanks to Technology
Students from Albion Elementary and Valley Vista Elementary shared a writing assignment with an E Pal from the other school last week. They shared documents through their school Google Drive. Each student worked with a rubric to assess and critique his/her E Pal's writing. Then, they sent a video message to their new friend at the other school with suggestions and positive comments about their writing! Thank you for inspiring greatness with our students Rachel Tarnowski and Amy Brenner!  #NRInspireGreat   Click the image to watch a video!

Thank You to all who Attended the North Royalton Health, Wellness & Community Fair on October 1

North Royalton Middle School Students STOMP Out Bullying

ts at North Royalton Middle School wore blue t-shirts to school on October 3 to prom ote STOMP Out Bullying.


STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the United States. 


Senior Citizen Advisory Committee Holds Fall Meeting

Thank you to the members of our NR Senior Citizen Advisory Committee for joining us on September 29 for our fall meeting. Our AP Spanish teacher, Kelly Moore, and some of her students explained how they incorporate interactive research and technology in their classes. Our guests also were updated on other district happenings and also our Inspire Great initiative.  #NRinspiregreat

Learn More about Issue 116 on the November 8th Ballot:

Click here for more than a dozen videos from teachers, administrators, and our mayors regarding the impact Issue 116 has on our community.

Click here to read the fall issue of Your Royalton Schools that has information regarding Issue 116.

Click here for an update of Permanent Improvement Projects that have been done throughout the district since the summer of 2015.

Click here to read about how our students can benefit from student-centered learning in one, new centralized elementary building and renovated middle and high schools. 

Not old school: Curious as to what student-centered learning can look like at North Royalton City Schools? Click here to take a moment for you to envision the future of education in North Royalton.

Click here to see pictures of what student-centered classrooms look like.

Thank you Mayor Robert Stefanik and the North Royalton City Council for your Unanimous Support of Issue 116.

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Other Useful Links for you . . .  

to read the Fall 2016 Your Royalton Schools issue.

Click here
to read the Spring 2016 Community Engagement Taskforce "Community Input on the Future of Education" presentation

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

to read the Spring 2016 North Royalton Bear Way magazine.   

to read the Winter 2016 Your Royalton Schools printed newsletter.

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.