Contact Lawmakers to Express Dissatisfaction with Outcome of Budget Process that Includes a Total TPP Funding Phase Out & Line-Item Veto of Fiscal 2017 Hold Harmless DollarsThursday, July 02, 2015
Despite our – and your – best efforts, the final outcome of this year’s budget process retains the phase out of Solon’s $8.3 million in annual Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursement.
When Governor Kasich signed the state budget with the total TPP phase out intact, he also line-item vetoed the second year of the temporary “hold harmless” patch the legislature proposed to mute the impact of the phase out as we had warned. The district will receive the same amount in state funding this year as it in 2015. However, the fiscal cliff we referenced in our earlier communications will actually begin in summer 2016, when we will lose more than $2.2 million -- $476 per student – in TPP reimbursements on July 1.
This gives us one year to continue our TPP fight. Your efforts were instrumental in educating and communicating to legislators this session.
However, as you can see by how this process played out, sometimes that is not enough to overcome more powerful political influences.
Read MoreResources: Sample Letter to Sen. Tom Patton & Rep. Marlene Anielski
Governor Accelerates Impact of TPP Phase Out for Solon Schools with Stroke of Veto PenThursday, July 02, 2015
Solon and other Ohio school districts in communities that are home to large-scale industry will soon feel significant effects from Governor Kasich’s veto pen. The governor line-item vetoed the second year of a temporary legislative plan to mute the impact of the phase out of Tangible Personal Property tax funding included in the state biennium budget.
Highly impacted schools throughout Ohio will lose millions of dollars annually due to the TPP phase out that begins today and the governor’s veto action that removed the hold harmless reimbursement for the second year of that phase out. Solon Schools will lose $2.2 million, or $476 per student, on July 1, 2016. When the TPP phase out is complete in approximately six years, Solon would lose $8.3 million in annual funding, or $1,723 per student.
“We are disappointed but not surprised by the governor’s action to veto the TPP hold harmless payment reimbursement for fiscal year 2017,” said Solon Schools' Treasurer Tim Pickana.
10 Years and Still No TPP Remedy: Solon and Other Highly Reliant TPP School Districts Highlight Impending Fallout from Proposed State Budget Phase OutWednesday, June 10, 2015
Solon was among the highly reliant Tangible Personal Property (TPP) school districts from around the state that testified today before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee and held a Statehouse press conference to voice concerns with provisions contained in the state’s pending biennium budget (HB64).
As currently written and pending the Ohio Senate Finance Committee, the state budget bill (Amended Sub HB 64) continues to push school districts in some of Ohio’s most business friendly communities to the brink of a fiscal cliff with a complete and total phase out of tangible personal property tax funding. The budget bill as introduced by the governor, passed by the House and amended in the Senate casts aside current law that called for ongoing reimbursement funding to highly reliant TPP school districts.
“We have been seeking a solution for more than 10 years since tax reform eliminated the local Tangible Personal Property tax to make Ohio more attractive to business,” said Solon Schools’ Treasurer Tim Pickana, who serves as president of the Coalition for Fiscal Fairness in Ohio, a group of the state’s most highly impacted TPP districts.
Summer Reading: Don't Experience a Summer Slide!Friday, June 05, 2015
All Solon students are encouraged to read over the summer. There are specific requirements and suggestions for all grade levels.
It is important to have fun and engage in creative activities over the summer break, but maintaining reading is critical to continued academic growth and achievement.
> Students in grades K-4 should read at least 500 minutes this summer. A summer reading calendar is posted below and on each elementary home page to help students track their minutes.
> Students in grades 5-6 should read at least 1,000 pages this summer.
> Students in grades 7-8 must read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book of their own choosing.
> Students in grades 9-12 should read books of their own choosing as well as the required readings for individual classes as posted on the SHS site. Please be sure to check back at the end of June for specific assignments that may accompany high school readings.
Have a great summer and happy reading!Resources: K-4 Summer Reading Log 2015
Solon Schools Again Ranked #1 in Education in Northeast Ohio by Cleveland MagazineFriday, June 05, 2015
The Solon Schools are ranked #1 in education in the 2015 Cleveland Magazine Rating the Suburbs rankings.
This is the 7th consecutive year the Solon Schools have earned the #1 spot as Northeast Ohio's top school district in the publication's annual ratings.
The Cleveland Magazine education rankings are based on a broad range of school data, including state of Ohio report card achievement and value-added scores, SAT and ACT participation rates and student scores, AP classes and participation rates, National Merit Scholar finalists and commended students, technology access and extra-curricular activities.
Overall, the city of Solon moved up a spot to claim the #2 overall suburb ranking.
Congratulations to Solon students, families and staff on this continuing accomplishment.
Solon High School's Academic Challenge Team Earns 5th at NationalsSunday, May 31, 2015
The Solon High School Academic Challenge team earned fifth place at the National Academic Quiz Tournament this weekend in Chicago.
Helping Solon to the top 5 national finish were team members Rohin Devanathan, Aakash Singh, Aniketh Udipi and John Xiang.
The team captured the second place trophy at the state tournament last month to qualify for nationals.
Get Involved to Help Retain Solon's $8.3 Million in Annual TPP Funding: Contact the Senate NOW!Friday, May 29, 2015
It is almost the end of the school year but our continued fight to retain the $8.3 million in Tangible Personal Property tax funding we receive is far from over yet.
Our Solon and Glenwillow communities have been instrumental in helping capture the attention of Columbus lawmakers on this issue. With the Senate now deliberating the budget bill, it is critical that our community contact all Ohio senators, including our own Senator Tom Patton, to be absolutely certain that they understand the dire consequences for our schools and students if we lose TPP funding.
We understand that we have communicated to you about this issue many times. The reason for this is that the stakes are so high. It may seem as if “everything has worked out just fine on TPP” in the past. But please understand that we have retained the $8.3 million in annual TPP we still receive ONLY because of the efforts by TPP school districts and residents and families such as yourself who have stepped up to convince lawmakers how critical these dollars are to our schools and students. Remember, the state has already reduced our TPP funding by more than $2.4 million a year.
Read MoreResources: Sample Letter to Senator Tom Patton and Ohio Senate on TPP Funding May 2015
Annual Art Show & Reception Showcases Student CreativityThursday, May 21, 2015
The creative works of Solon art students will be on exhibit during the annual show on May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Solon High School atrium.
The artwork, created by students in grades 7-12, includes a wide variety of genres from photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, wood and furniture crafts, jewelry and more.
Work from all middle and high school art classes – Drawing I, Drawing II, Painting I, Ceramics I, Ceramics II, Photography I, Photography II, Computer Graphics I, Computer Graphics II, Advanced studio, Advanced Graphic, AP studio, AP 3-D and AP 2-D – will be on exhibit.