NORTH ROYALTON – The North Royalton School Board will have the daunting task of filling the school board member seat vacated by Dan Langshaw who has been newly appointed to serve on city council. Elected in 2009, Langshaw served just under four years.
“We thank Dan for his years of service to the North Royalton City Schools and wish him well in his new endeavor as a city council member,” said North Royalton City School Board President Dr. John Kelly.
As a school board member, Langshaw served as the Royal View Elementary School liaison, member of the Policy Committee, member of the Building and Grounds Committee, board legislative liaison, alternate representative for the city of North Royalton Recreation Board and Ohio School Boards Association Legislative Platform Committee member.
Langshaw views his work with the school board as an ideal proving ground for the honing of the skills required to serve on city council.
He said, “My service on the school board has readied me for the rigor of council. As a member of the school board, I helped oversee a budget of $47 million dollars and was responsible for the education of about 4,700 students in the district, which was a huge responsibility to be elected to oversee and an honor as well.”
Crediting teamwork as a key component to his success, Langshaw said, “The strides the North Royalton City School District has made over these last four years was a team effort. I learned how I could help the team with my energy, passion and hard work, and my fellow board members provided me opportunities to use that for the good of the board, but most importantly, for the entire school district. For example, my passion for advocacy and good policy was why the whole board thought I was the best person to serve as the board legislative liaison and on the Policy Committee. It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of both Broadview Heights and North Royalton. I am proud of what I have accomplished as a member of the North Royalton School Board and the positive record of service I have. Although, I am no longer a board member, I am happy to continue to serve my community in another way and being able to step in to lead Ward 3 in a time where many of us lost a friend, neighbor and great public servant in Don Willey.”
Langshaw said he will miss the opportunity to make a difference in the school system.
“I will miss our amazing students, teachers, administrators and parents who make the North Royalton City School District such a great place to be. I thank them for all that they do. There is just something special about our school district. It was great to come back from being a student to being a member of the school board to help run it.”
But of all his duties as a school board member, Langshaw said his favorite part of the job was shaking the hands of the 400 plus North Royalton High School seniors.
“I loved being there as they headed out in the world to make things better for us all as our future doctors, nurses, teachers, business leaders, engineers and so much more. I am a little sad that I won’t be on stage to shake hands and personally congratulate the entire North Royalton High School graduating class of 2013. However, I plan to continue to be involved in supporting the school district in other ways as a member of city council and as proud alumnus,” said Langshaw.
Langshaw said the only thing he is disappointed that he did not make more headway on as a school board member is school funding.
He said, “It is the toughest issue to tackle. I hope that the board will continue the fight for school funding reform at the state level. It is important that the board expresses concerns about the current state budget, House Bill 59, to our state representatives and state senator in Columbus, because by speaking out, you can make a difference.”
As the board’s legislative liaison, Langshaw testified several times before the Ohio General Assembly in Columbus throughout his term in office regarding the impact of various pieces of legislation on the school district.
“Most notably was my testimony in 2011 during the House Bill 153 state budget battle. Through my passionate testimony and advocacy efforts the entire school board did through various resolutions, the district was able to lessen drastic proposed budget cuts by Gov. John Kasich and state legislatures from about $4.9 million down to about $3 million, saving an estimated $1.9 million in school funding cuts,” said Langshaw.
Langshaw hopes his replacement will have a passion for public education.
“A good candidate will to be able to listen, learn and lead. Also, when voting on issues, make sure they listen first then make informed decisions that put our students and community first and foremost,” he said.
When it comes to his legacy as a board member, Langshaw said that he hopes he will be remembered for bringing transparency, communication and advocacy to the board.
“I also hope people remember me for my passion for public education, dedication to serving my community and the great things the entire North Royalton School Board has accomplished over the course of about four years that I had the honor to be a part of. I leave feeling that the North Royalton City School District is headed in a positive direction and that I played a small role in doing that.”
The North Royalton Board of Education will be accepting applications to fill the seat of Dan Langshaw after his resignation announcement to serve on the North Royalton City Council. Interested individuals can submit their written notice of interest to Rich McIntosh, treasurer, North Royalton City Schools, 6579 Royalton Road, North Royalton, 44133, or by e-mail at email@example.com. The deadline is Monday, April 8.
“The process for the filling of the board vacancy is similar to that of the city,” explained Kelly. “The board will review the interested parties, determine if we would want to interview any or all of the candidates, and then, after discussion, make the appointment. Policy and statute state that the school board must fill the position between 10 and 30 days of the date of the vacancy, which is March 28, 2013.”
“We are accepting letters from any citizen who is interested in serving, not necessarily just last election’s candidates,” Kelly said.
The appointee would serve out Langshaw’s term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2013.
Kelly would not commit to outlining the attributes of the ideal appointee.
He said, “That is something that would be determined by the discussion of the full board.”