The North Royalton Board of Education has named Michael Laub as the next superintendent of North Royalton City Schools. The Board approved his three-year contract on April 16. Laub is currently the superintendent of Avon Local School District. He will officially begin his role on July 1, 2021. Laub succeeds Greg Gurka, who is retiring at the end of the school year.
The Board of Education began the superintendent search in January with the assistance of Finding Leaders. The District received 42 applications of interested candidates to become the District’s next superintendent. Working with executive search consultant, Finding Leaders, the Board interviewed six candidates in the first round of interviews in an executive session, which took place in person on March 23 and 24. There also were many focus groups representing a cross-section of the community, including teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents and other community stakeholders, who gave input to Finding Leaders on what attributes they were looking for in the next superintendent. The Board conducted final interviews with these two candidates in executive session on April 14.
“On behalf of the North Royalton City Schools Board of Education, we are looking forward to having Mr. Laub join our school community as the next superintendent of schools,” said Board President Heidi Dolezal, North Royalton City Schools. “Mr. Laub has the experience, vision and ability to make a positive impact in our School District. His leadership at Avon has proven his ability to develop a model district. We are confident that Mr. Laub’s passion for learning will allow us to continue to inspire and empower the learners of the North Royalton City Schools. We also are appreciative of our school and community stakeholders who were instrumental in providing their thoughts and assistance through the search process.”
Laub has been superintendent of Avon Local School District for the past nine years. In addition to his superintendent position, his career includes experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, human resource director and coach for Westlake and Strongsville City Schools.
“A positive culture is the cornerstone of any successful school district,” said Laub. “To help build a positive culture, a superintendent must be a visible leader, actively engaged with students, staff, families and the community. I look forward to leading this School District and making a positive impact in the communities of North Royalton and Broadview Heights.”
Laub received his superintendent’s licensure from Bowling Green State University; his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University; and his Bachelor of Education in Middle School Math and Social Studies from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Laub resides in Avon with his wife, Julie, a fifth-grade teacher in Strongsville. Their daughter, Brooke, is a sophomore at Avon High School and their son, Michael, is a cadet at The United States Air Force Academy.