Solon Testifies at House Finance Committee Hearing on the Budget; Keep the Contact Coming to LegislatorsFriday, April 17, 2015
Solon Schools Superintendent Joe Regano, Treasurer Tim Pickana and Board Member Julie Glavin testified at the House Finance Committee hearing in the budget bill. Solon, along with a committed group of other impacted school districts, urged legislators to retain current law on TPP funding.
Please keep the pressure on lawmakers this weekend as they consider amendments to the budget bill. Call or email to our state Rep. Marlene Anielski and the entire Finance Committee this weekend to express your support for retaining TPP funding. The contacts are posted below.
Antoine Campbell selected as new Solon Middle School Assistant PrincipalFriday, April 17, 2015
Moving across S.O.M. Center Road, Antoine Campbell will become the new Solon Middle School assistant principal beginning this summer. Mr. Campbell is a Solon High School assistant principal. He will join Scott Hatteberg, who was recently named to replace retiring principal Eugenia Green, on the SMS administrative team.
An experienced administrator and educator, Mr. Campbell joined the Solon Schools eight years ago. He came to Solon from the Akron Schools, where he was a principal at the Akron Opportunity Center, an alternative school program for at-risk seventh and eighth grade students. He also worked as an assistant principal at Riedinger Middle School in Akron and in the Maple Heights City Schools. Mr. Campbell earned both his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s in educational administration from the University of Ashland.
“Antoine’s blend of academic experience and interpersonal skills make him a perfect fit for Solon Middle School,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano.
“I will miss the staff and students at Solon High School,” Mr. Campbell said.
April 20 OPEN Program Focuses on Language Skills and DevelopmentWednesday, April 15, 2015
The Solon Organized Education Network is hosting a speech-language specialist April 20 to share information for parents about the general language development of children in grades K-4.
Speech therapist Stefanie Peck, M.A. CCC-SLP, of The Center for LifeSkills in Solon, will share strategies for parents to help increase their child’s receptive and expressive language skills at home. She will also target the benefit of interdisciplinary treatment, such as involving occupational and physical therapy within speech treatments sessions.
The program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Solon Board of Education. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Solon’s Parent Mentor Anne Harmody at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solon Middle School Science Olympiad Team Captures State ChampionshipMonday, April 13, 2015
Continuing its winning ways, the Solon Middle School Science Olympiad team won the Ohio championship this weekend at the state competition at OSU.
The state win qualifies the team for a return trip to the national tournament next month in Nebraska.
Congratulations to the students, their parents and their advisers!
Take Action to Preserve TPP NOW: Your Help is Needed Immediately to Contact All House Finance Committee MembersThursday, April 09, 2015
It is time to ramp up the pressure on lawmakers in Columbus on the TPP funding issue. We have reached a critical point in the budget process.
If you have already contacted legislators by sending letters and postcards, thank you. There were noticed, but we need a stronger and louder voice during this part of the process.
We must get to the entire House Finance and Appropriations Committee right away. We are moving to email as the primary means of communication for now to be sure these messages get there quickly.
Attached for your convenience is a sample letter, which carries a similar message we began sending to Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairman Ryan Smith a week ago. If you haven’t sent the letter to Chairman Smith and our own state Rep. Marlene Anielski yet, please do so immediately. Additionally, please send this same letter via email to ALL members of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. Their contact information is attached for your easy reference and you can just copy and paste your letter and send to each legislator on the list. We know this list is long, but please take the 15 minutes or so to complete this needed action.
Read MoreResources: Sample Letter to Finance Committee Members | Click Here for House Finance Committee Email Contacts
Solon City Council Passes Ordinance in Support of District Efforts to Preserve TPP ReimbursementTuesday, April 07, 2015
The Solon City Council passed an ordinance in support of the Solon City Schools and protecting Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursements.
Solon Superintendent Joseph Regano and Treasurer Tim Pickana appeared before Council April 6 to share the importance of retaining the TPP reimbursements to not only the school district but the city's residential and commercial taxpayers as well.
Mayor Susan Drucker and Council member expressed their support and the following ordinance was passed unanimously:
WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has a tradition of excellence in education, continually ranking among the highest performing school districts in the state of Ohio, and
WHEREAS, a quality school system is essential not only in the education of our children, but in making Solon a desirable place to reside and locate a business, and
WHEREAS, the state of Ohio proposes cutting $8.3 million per year in Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursement from the Solon City School District, creating a loss of approximately 12% of their total operating budget, and
WHEREAS, that loss equals $1,723 per student annually and would require 7.
Former Police Officers Share Personal Safety Strategies with SHS StudentsTuesday, April 07, 2015
All junior and senior students today participated in the program “Survive: Courage-based Self Defense Seminar.” Presented by personal safety experts and former Cincinnati police officers Debbie and Mike Gardner, the program provided practical advice to students about how to change their mindset and learn to control their fear in potentially frightening or dangerous situations.
Each year, the high school holds a similar campus safety program for the seniors before they head off to college. This year, the junior class was included so more SHS students could learn the important and relevant personal safety strategies shared during the presentation.
A resource outlining the basic principles covered in today’s program is posted below. Parents can use the document as a starting point to talk to their teens about the strategies they took away from the program that will make them more confident and assured about how to respond in unsafe situations. This is essential dialogue to continue at home.
Read MoreResources: Personal Safety Resource
Solon High School Drama Club Presents Chitty Chitty Bang Bang As Spring Musical April 16-19Wednesday, April 01, 2015
The Solon High School Drama Club is staging the family favorite Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as its 2015 spring musical April 16-19.
Based on Ian Fleming’s beloved children’s book, this musical will appeal to audiences of all ages. More than 100 Solon students are involved in this production.
Show times are Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, except for opening night. Student tickets are $5 for the Thursday night general admission show. Solon senior citizens are free to all shows with proof of Solon residency.
To purchase tickets and select reserved seats online, go to solon.es/chitty.
There is $1 service charge for ordering tickets online. Please be sure to print your tickets after ordering them online. The box office will be unable to print online tickets purchased in advance.
The box office will be open at limited times for in-person ticket purchases: April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. and April 13 again from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The box office will also open one hour prior to curtain times on the day of shows.
Read MoreResources: Buy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tickets Here