The first meeting of the North Royalton Board of Education took place on Monday, January 9.
Assistant Superintendent Melissa Vojta gave a presentation on the curricular strategic plan goal relating to students who are English learners.
The Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2023-24 Tax Budget. It then approved the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan grant for 2022-23, in the amount of $652.63.
The Board approved the following adjustment: 507 ESSER, from $1,436,473.27 to $1,437,125.90.
The Board approved the adoption of the classified substitute salary schedule, effective January 1, 2023, minimum wage increased to $10.10 per hour.
School Superintendent Mike Laub reported that a member of the tech department had left and that, like many other vacancies, the administration looks at the position to see if a replacement is necessary. He went on to talk about permanent improvement projects that will be targeted for this year, stating some of the following: redo the backboards at the Middle School; facelift at the Board Office conference room; track timing system at the Stadium; a replacement schedule for band instruments; new turf for the baseball and softball fields; stadium turf replacement; HVAC and boilers at the High School; humanities world painting; Performing Arts Center sound system; furniture and LED lighting retrofitting around the district; pumps at the Middle School; rails painting; bus garage asphalt and water line repair and locker room project.
The Board accepted the following resignation/retirement:
Cortnie Allen/Cleaner/Elementary School/effective December 16, 2022
Trina Evans/Head Cleaning Custodian/High School/effective January 6, 2023
Thomas Kaiser/Bus Driver/Transportation/effective January 20, 2023
Kiyan Ward Brooks/Classified Substitute/Elementary School/effective December 8, 2022
Karen Koegle/Administrative Secretary/High School/effective April 1, 2023
Denise Marasch/Library Clerk/Middle School/effective February 1, 2023
Tina Schwab/Administrative Secretary/Elementary School/effective March 1,
The Board accepted the following unpaid leave of absence:
Celeste Belardo/effective February 2, 2023 (.5) through March 30, 2023
Amend Michael Cox to extend his leave to include January 9, 2023 through February 17, 2023
Brittany Martella/effective August 22, 2023 through June 6, 2024
Alexis Slesinger/effective December 30, 2022 through March 16, 2023
The Board approved the following appointments:
Classified Substitutes
Katherine Bornstein/effective January 3, 2023
Bambi Colasent
Neal Flowerman/effective January 3, 2023
Alicia Vaccariello/effective January 9, 2023
The Board approved the following change of assignment:
Rachael Sladky/from Small Group Instructor/High School to English Teacher/High School
School Superintendent Mike Laub proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month.
The Board authorized Summer School and Safety Town for the 2023-24 school year.
The Board approved an agreement with Apptegy for website services.
The Board amended the service agreement with LLA Therapy, dated August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2023, to include Physical Therapy Assistant Service as needed for the period of January 1, 2023 – July 31, 2023.
The Board approved the following extended trip proposal:
Peek-n Peak Resort, Clymer, NY, Sunday, February 5, 2023, North Royalton Middle School Winter Sports Club.
The Board accepted and acknowledged the following gifts/donations:
“-Several people donated a combined total of 46 copies of the book, Spike Puts His Paw Down, by Mary Lou Lydecker to North Royalton Elementary School.
-Aldrea Orr donated craft supplies and book covers, valued at approximately $30, to North Royalton Elementary School.
-Promarketing, Inc. donated $2,000 to North Royalton High School towards furniture in the courtyard.”
The Board approved the following Committee Assignments:
Board Committee:
Advisory & Audit Policy
Lisa Shuck and John Kelly; Anne Reinkober and Jeremiah Sawyer (designee)
District Committee:
Building and Grounds, Heidi Dolezal
Business Advisory Council, Jeremiah Sawyer (John Kelly, alternate)
Curriculum/Instruction & Pupil Services, Lisa Shuck (Heidi Dolezal, alternate)
Recreation Board, John Kelly (Heidi Dolezal, alternate)
Transportation Appeals, Ane Reinkober (Lisa Shuck, alternate)
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting will take place on Monday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the NRHS Community Room.

Contributing Writer