Board pays tribute to band

North Royalton High School band members take a bow at board meeting.

The North Royalton School Board paid tribute at the December meeting to the North Royalton High School Band. Senior field commander Antonio Rodriguez and Korrin Harvey along with senior trombone soloist Kelly Semple were honored for their contribution to this year’s spectacular band season.

The North Royalton High School marching band recently traveled to Columbus to compete at the Ohio Music Education Association Marching Band State Finals. The band received an overall “Superior” rating, the highest rating possible, and each individual adjudicator on the judging panel awarded North Royalton a Superior Rating. North Royalton is one of only 12 other bands to have achieved this honor. This year marks the 26th consecutive Superior Rating at the State Marching Band Finals that the North Royalton band has earned.

Harvey will represent North Royalton in the Ohio Music Education Association All State-Band in February.

“On behalf of the North Royalton City Schools and Board of Education, I would like to congratulate each and every member of our outstanding band,” said Superintendent Ed Vittardi. “Thank you for representing our community at not only this competition but all of our varsity football games this season and other community events. You do so much to make us proud.”

It was a record breaking year for North Royalton High School sports. The board paid tribute to the coaches and athletes that contributed to bringing the district so much acclaim.

“We had an incredible fall season of sports in North Royalton,” said Vittardi. “Many memories were made, records were broken, and the board of education commends each and every one of our athletes who not only made our community proud, but continued to balance their academics with athletics while still coming out on top.”

NOC River Division Coach of the Year, Dave Marhefka, cross country, introduced team MVP sophomore Lauren DiFrancisco, freshman Kaitlyn Dzuroff, senior Atiyyah Herron, freshman Isabella Kuzma, senior Genna Mori, junior Ally Palmer and senior Natalie Vidacs. Marhefka praised DiFrancisco and Vidacs for earning the designation, all-district and the team for placing 14th at the state meet.

Kristin Hubbell, NOC Valley Division Coach of the Year, recapped the girl’s volleyball season including their showing at the regional finals and their 11th place ranking in Division 1. She introduced Allison Baird who was named second-team All-Ohio and the only sophomore picked for any all-state honor in D-1. She broke four individual school marks – digs in a match (48), serve reception percentage (.926), digs in a season (497), and digs per set in a session (5.78) and was first-team all-conference and all-district, as well as the team’s Defensive MVP.

Hubbell also introduced Nicole Fortuna, the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player, All State Honorable Mention, and tri-player of the year in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division. Fortuna was a first-team all-district selection, set the school record this season with 93 saves and was one of three North Royalton seniors picked for the district all-star match with Rachel Krikke and Kendra Sanelli.

NOC River Division Coach of the Year, Nick Ciulli, introduced senior quarterback Travis Tarnowski and senior wide receiver Nick Krempasky. Both players made 3rd Team All-Ohio. Ciulli praised the team for its showing at the regional quarter finals.

Danny Nagy, North Royalton soccer team MVP, was praised for his role in helping the North Royalton High School soccer team make it to the district semi-finals. As goalkeeper and team tri-captain, Nagy recorded 178 saves in 16 games. That gave him the goals-against average of 1.3 goals. Nagy was named a Greater Cleveland All-Star, second-team All-Ohio in Division 1 and was a member of the first-team All-NOC River Division.

New boiler for Valley Vista

Elementary School

The school board agenda included a resolution earmarking $75,000 for the purchase and installation of a new boiler. At the beginning of the heating season, the maintenance department discovered that one of the building’s two boilers was suffering from internal mechanical issues and had to be shut down. The 15-year-old boiler contained parts that are no longer manufactured and so it was determined that a new unit would have to be installed.

“The heating systems that are in all of our buildings, except for the middle school, rely on hot water being warmed and then sent through a pipe system that goes through each of the classrooms,” explained board president and buildings and grounds representative Dr. John Kelly. “Should the boilers not work and we have freezing weather outside, the piping system could freeze causing leaks and issues throughout the entire building.

“It should be noted that our maintenance department will be doing the demolition of the old boiler and participating in the installation of the new one, saving the district several thousands of dollars.”

In other buildings and grounds’ news, Kelly reported that the maintenance department along with an outside contractor made needed repairs to the main water line at Albion Elementary School. The line had a small leak and repair was deemed necessary by the water department.

“There are additional issues that need to be resolved with the meter, but these repairs will be done later in the school year either during spring break or over the summer when the water supply can be shut down for several days,” Kelly said.

Bring your own device policy

“With this new policy students can bring their smart phones, tablets and iPads into the classroom and participate in lessons,” explained board member Dan Langshaw. To fully implement this policy, the district has invested in making the high school and middle school wireless assessable.

The installation of a wireless system is complete at the high school and the middle school is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

School board member Barbara Zindroski reports that the cost to outfit the high school is approximately $49,852. This includes $23,167 for access points, $15,400 for network switches and $11,285 in wiring. These figures include savings incurred by the technology department mounting the access points and a savings of $12,600 by purchasing off lease network switches as opposed to new.

“While we are incurring a cost of $3,450 a year for access to the NCC Controller System, if we bought the controller it would cost $35,000,” explained Zindroski.

The cost for supplying the middle school with wireless access is estimated to be $22,190. The access points cost $13,140, network switches $8,800 and $250 in additional wiring. A savings of $7,200 is being realized by the technology department mounting the access points and as in the high school budget there will be a cost of $2,250 a year for access to the NCC Controller but a savings of $15,000 by avoiding the purchase of the controller.

Additional pressure is being placed on the implementation of the bring your own device initiative and wireless access due to changes in testing requirements developed by The Ohio Department of Education.

According to Board Member Heidi Dolezal, “The Ohio Depatment of Education has contracted with the partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), to create the new generation of state required testing in Ohio. All of the testing will be taken completely online.”

Curriculum Director Bruce Bradley clarified that the new online only testing will be required by the 2014-15 school year.

Presently, there are 33 computers in each elementary school. Approximately 300 tests would have to be taken online using 33 computers. The middle school has 133 computers with a demand of 3,989 tests to be completed. The high school has fewer computers with only 93 computers and a need for 4,130 tests required.

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration will take place on Feb. 26, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 27 from noon to 8 p.m., and Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at North Royalton High School.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2013 you may pick up a packet at the Board Office, ECC, or any of the district schools or go online to and follow the instructions to begin the registration process. If you are interested in all day, every day kindergarten, the above dates are the only times you can enter your child’s name for the lottery.

Gifts and donations

The board of education accepted and acknowledged the following gifts/donations: $5,800 donation towards Core Curriculum Supplies for the purchase of a classroom set of iPads from Royal View PTA; dinner for staff members during seventh and eighth-grade Conference Night to North Royalton Middle School from Chick-Fil-A and South Point Community Church; three $10 gift certificates to North Royalton Middle School Positive Behavior Program from Taco Bell; certificates to North Royalton Middle School from East Coast Custard and Swings-N-Things; one Christmas tree and a large bag of books donated to Valley Vista School from The Humble Family; $25 gift card to purchase library materials at ECC from Anne Reinkober; 90 smoothie and 100 cone certificates to North Royalton Middle School (for PBS program and individual students/pods at NRMS) from Dairy Queen.

The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14.

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