The September meeting of the North Royalton Board of Education took place on September 12.
The Board approved the 2022-23 appropriation adjustments.
The Board approved the following transfers: 401-9022 Auxiliary Services – St. Albert to 401-9023 Auxiliary Services – St. Albert’s, $28,823.87; 401-9022 Auxiliary Services – Royal Redeemer to 401-9023 Auxiliary Services – Royal Redeemer, $13,578.33.
Assistant Superintendent Melissa Vojta presented a report on enhancements to the advanced/gifted programming.
A resident addressed the Board about what parents think about education in conjunction with a survey that was given by Baldwin Wallace that included social and emotional learning. A second resident addressed the Board, stating that social and emotional learning, in her opinion, is a form of Marxism. A heated discourse then took place between Board member Jeremiah Sawyer and Board President John Kelly, regarding Board members speaking in response to public comments during the Board meeting.
School Superintendent Matt Laub stated that, “our school year has gotten off to a really nice start, relatively smooth.” He thanked everyone who put in the hard work that it takes to open a school district of 4,000 students. “That’s a large team effort.” Laub went on to say that the Strategic Plan is expected to be out within a week.
The Board adopted a retirement resolution for Giuseppe Luppino. They also accepted the following resignations:
Elizabeth Abend/Assistant Volleyball Coach/High School/effective August 22, 2022
Ronald Robinson/Bus Driver/Transportation/effective September 2, 2022
Denice Tichy/Classified Substitute/effective August 16, 2022
Katherine Yohman/Cafeteria Worker/High School/effective August 18, 2022
The Board approved the following appointments:
Classified Employee Sarah Brickman/Aide/Middle School
Classified Substitutes
Charlene Duncan/effective 9/6/22
Allison Fowler/effective 8/29/22
Angella Hambleton/effective 8/22/22
Sarah Sloban
Katherine Yohman/effective 9/1/22
Substitute Bus Driver Joel Royalty
The Board approved the following change of assignments:
Jacqueline Kuchta from Administrative Secretary/Middle School to Accounting Specialist/Central Office/effective October 10, 2022/at a base salary of $59,010
William Von Alt/from Bus Driver to Assistant Transportation Supervisor/at a base salary of$52,621/effective September 6, 2022
Michael Willis/from Utility Custodian/High School to Auditorium Utility Maintenance Worker/High School/effective August 30, 2022
The Board approved the following supplemental contracts for the 2022-23 school year:
Jamie Alexander/Assistant Volleyball Coach/High School
Joseph Sieracki/Speed-Strength Weight Room Club Advisor/High School
The Board approved an amendment to the contract for Transportation Supervisor Gregory Hovan to reflect September 9, on the COPSA salary schedule at a base rate of $75,137, beginning August 1, 2022.
The Board approved an agreement with Connect to provide Platform as a service, Platform migration service and active directory analysis/remediation and migration, effective October 1, 2022 through October 1, 2027.
The Board approved an agreement with PSI Affiliates, Inc./PSI Associates, Inc. For auxiliary services for St. Albert the Great for the 2022-23 school year in the amount of $523,792.90, appointing Julie Bogden as Administrator. Services include Clinic Services, Registered Nurse, Speech/Language Pathologist, Intervention Specialist, Educational Aide, Remedial/Title I Teacher, SchoolPsychology/Psychology, Counselor/Social Worker
The Board approved an agreement with PSI Affiliates, Inc./PSI Associates, Inc. For auxiliary services for St. Albert the Great for the 2022-23 school year, in the amount of $90,241.27 and appoint Julie Bogden as Administrator. Services are for Intervention Specialists.
The Board approved an agreement with Education Plus, LLC to assist with federal E-Rate Program application process from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.
The Board approved an agreement with Handle with Care Behavior Management System, Incorporated, for instructor recertification for restraint/seclusion training for the 2022-23 school year.
The Board approved a memo of understanding with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio for the Ohio Online Learning Program availability for the North Royalton students.
The Board approved the following trip proposal:
Washington, D.C. Trip, May 3-5, 2023 for the eighth grade class.
The next regular Board meeting will take place on Monday, October 10, 7 p.m. at the North Royalton High School Community Room.

Contributing Writer