Dear Community,
The 2019-20 school year is off to a great start!  It is exciting to see our teachers, staff and students "inspiring greatness" in all that they do.  In addition, our construction projects continue to move forward and it is very rewarding to see the day-to-day progress that is being made.  We encourage you to follow us throughout the school year using the hashtag #NRInspireGreat for our daily academic activities and the hashtag #NRBuildingGreat to follow our construction activities. You can also follow the progress of the construction by viewing our website or clicking this link to be taken to the construction page
The Ohio Department of Education released the 2018-19 Local Report Card yesterday.  North Royalton City Schools received an overall grade of a "B." The District received a Performance Index Score of 102.129, which was 11th out of 31 in Cuyahoga County and 52nd out of 608 public school districts in the state of Ohio. This means 60.5% of North Royalton City Schools' students perform in the advanced or accelerated ranges on the state assessments.  Test scores on state assessments, that have changed several times over the last several years, are not an accurate measure of what schools do.  I encourage you to take a moment to read the District's Quality Profile that was published yesterday.  This is the sixth year that we have released this report and we are one of only 85 districts throughout the state that take the opportunity to share this information with its community.  
I also want to take this time to strongly encourage you to support and join our various support organizations.  Choir Boosters, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters and the PTA are so very vital to our mission of inspiring and empowering learners.  Without these great organizations we could not do a lot of what happens day in and day out in our schools. But they cannot do it without your help.  Please join and become a member of these organizations at the minimum. I also encourage you to get involved with them. The more we as adults get involved in our children's education, the better off they are and everyone is. 
I hope that you find this   monthly  newsletter informative and a good way to keep 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 Ci ty Schools   As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 440-582-9030 or email me at   

Greg Gurka
North Royalton City Schools
Graph 1 compares our monthly operating receipts to the prior year actual for the first two months of our fiscal year (July 2019 through June 2020). It further estimates our collection through our fiscal year end. You will notice two large collection points in our fiscal year. These two months are considerably higher due to real estate collection representing over 70% of our revenues.   
Graph 2 compares our monthly operating expenditures to the prior year actual for the first two months of our fiscal year (July 2019 through June 2020). 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 evenly distributed throughout our fiscal year.
Graph 3 illustrates the current actual accumulative monthly operating revenues and expenditures for the first two months of our fiscal year (July 2019 through June 2020). It further estimates our accumulative 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.
Graph 4 illustrates our fiscal year to date operating expenditures by category for the first two months of our fiscal year (July 2019 through June 2020). Salaries & Wages represent approximately 56%, Fringe Benefits 25%, Purchased Services 12%, Materials, Supplies & Textbooks, Capital Outlay and Operational Fees 7%.


Click here for the North Royalton City Schools' 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 Officially Breaks Ground on North Royalton Elementary School Construction Project
On Friday, August 30, North Royalton City Schools held a groundbreaking celebration to kick off the construction of the new North Royalton Elementary School located at 16400 State Road.  Representatives of the community, staff, administration and city and community officials came together for a ceremony that included comments and reflections from Superintendent Greg Gurka, Principal Kirk Pavelich, and several students.  These students included Carter Gaydemski, second-grade student, Albion Elementary; Leah Gibson, third-grade student, Royal View Elementary; and Nathan Olman, second-grade student, Valley Vista Elementary. The construction and architect teams were introduced and then the ceremonial breaking of ground took place.
District Releases Quality Profile to the Community

This is the sixth year that we have released a Quality Profile, and we are one of only 85 districts throughout the state that takes the opportunity to share this information with its community. Academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement, and pupil services are all highlighted within this document to demonstrate the value of a North Royalton City Schools' education. The Quality Profile illustrates how we "Inspire and Empower Learners."   The state report card, quite frankly, does not.   Test scores on state assessments that have changed several times over the last several years are not an accurate measure of what schools do.  
  Click here to read the 2018-19 Quality Profile.
We encourage the community to continue to follow the District's efforts to inspire greatness by using the hashtag #NRInspireGreat on social media. Thank you for your continued support of North Royalton City Schools.  
Students Recognized at September 9 Board of Education Meeting 

Elementary Schools

Principals of Albion, Royal View and Valley Vista Elementary Schools recognized the students who spoke at the North Royalton Elementary School groundbreaking celebration on August 30. 

"I am very excited about our brand new school!  I am looking forward to meeting lots of new friends and learn lots of new things, in air conditioning!  School will finally be cool."
  • - Carter Gaydemski, second-grade student, Albion Elementary

"Even though I won't be a student at the new elementary building, since I will be in fifth grade the year that it opens, it was important for me to come to the groundbreaking event because of my little sister. My sister, Molly, is going to be in the new school. She's in kindergarten this year. Molly has a disability called SMA, which stands for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Molly's disability is one that makes her muscles weak. Being at the new building, Molly will have more opportunities to make lots of friends since all three elementary buildings will be combined. She will meet students from all across the District. Molly will also have more resources to help her since the building will be brand new. She will enjoy learning from all her new friends. I look forward to visiting her at the new building and seeing what a great experience she is having. I am very excited for my little sister."
- Leah Gibson, third-grade student, Royal View Elementary
" I like Valley Vista. My sisters went there, too, but I can't wait to be the oldest student at the brand new elementary school.  Valley Vista is fun, we do an obstacle course and field day. But sometimes if gets hot and we get popsicles, but our new school will be way cooler.  I'll get to see my soccer and baseball friends now from Albion and Royal View, everyone will be together. Thank you for all your hard work to get us a new school. I hope we'll still get popsicles! "
- Nathan Olman, second-grade student, Valley Vista Elementary
North Royalton Middle School

Where Everyone Belongs, also known as WEB, is a transition program that has been a part of North Royalton Middle School (NRMS) for more than 10 years. Its purpose is to make certain that all fifth-grade students know that their classmates and school care about them.  Eighth-grade WEB leaders help the new NRMS students make connections and provide them with strategies for everyday life at middle school. The personal connection built by eighth graders Grady Bokoch, Jonathan Pavelich, Cadance Galaska, Soham Shah, Owen Mills, Neerja Shah, Leah Groves, Shivam Pandya, Kripa Kumaran, Julia Sprecher, Allison Krzywicki, Montgomarie Williams and Alanna Olman certainly helps to inspire and empower the new fifth-graders.  

North Royalton High School

The North Royalton High School Royal Harmony  performed the North Royalton High School Alma Mater and Nothin' but Muddy Water by Anita Cracauer.

District Strategic Plan Update

Pat Farrell, Director of Personnel for North Royalton City Schools, updated the Board of Education on the District's Strategic Plan progress.   Years one through three have focused on the transition to the new building and collaborative spaces.  Years four and five will focus on data collection once we transition into the new buildings and collaborative spaces for the next Strategic Plan.  The four goals are categorized as Student Achievement; Communication and Community Engagement, Professional Development; and Financial.

Click here to view the presentation.

Click here for a PDF of the Athletic Event Parking Map. 

Be sure to visit #NRInspireGreat as well as our  
District Facebook page
for pictures and stories from all of our 

Other Useful Links for you . . .  

to read the District's Quality Profile. 

to read the latest edition of the The Bear Way

2019-20 School Calendar
Click here
for the NR Board of Education meeting minutes and agendas.  Click here for meeting dates for 2019.

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Monthly Newsletter
Click here to read the latest edition of "News Flash," the monthly  newsletter of the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center featuring stories about stu dents from North Royalton City Schools.