Solon Board of Education approves new agreement with non-teaching staff through 2017Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Solon Board of Education June 10 approved a new four-year contract with the district’s non-teaching staff. The new contract with the local organization of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, which represents staff members such as custodians, bus drivers and secretaries, includes renegotiated terms for the final year of the existing three-year deal set to expire in 2013-14 and a new three-year agreement through 2017. The settlement maintains the commitment of one more year of total pay freezes outlined in the current agreement and includes continued savings in employee benefits.
Under the agreement ratified by OAPSE and approved by the Board, non-teaching employees will receive a 2 percent salary increase in 2013-14 along with limited step increases. The 2013-14 school year was to be the final year of a previously negotiated three-year total freeze in salaries and step increases. That commitment will now be fulfilled by the staff in 2014-15, the first year of the new three-year agreement. The 2015-16 and 2016-17 contract years each call for 2.5 percent salary increases plus limited steps in 2015-16.
Solon Board of Education approves first resolution to place levy on the November ballot that will not increase tax billsTuesday, June 11, 2013
The Solon Board of Education June 10 approved the first of two necessary resolutions to place a .8 mill measure on the November 5 ballot. The levy would allow the Board of Education to fund needed capital improvement projects and operating expenses – many related to new school safety and security enhancements – without increasing residents’ tax bills.
“The issue would enable the district to recapture .8 mills in prior debt that is coming off the tax rolls,” explained Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “Specifically, we are asking the public to approve keeping those .8 mills in place to help fund the structural and personnel additions we are planning based on short- and long-term changes to our district safety and security plans. If the issue passes in November, businesses and homeowners would not experience an increase in taxes because of the offsetting millage reduction. Taxpayers would be foregoing a reduction of $28 per $100,000 of property valuation. It is a win-win opportunity to support the security and ongoing capital improvements program in Solon without raising taxes.”
The measure as proposed would split the .8 mills and allocate .
Solon Future Problem Solving Teams Bring Home Six Trophies from InternationalsSunday, June 09, 2013
The 31 members of Solon's Future Problem Solving teams who competed at the International Tournament this weekend at Indiana University certainly made their presence known as they returned to Solon with six trophies, including three for first place, two for second place and one for fifth place.
In the senior division, Solon’s team of Rohan Achar, Bethany Davis, Adam Feldenkris, Andi Peng, Chanukya Malla and Sarah Rahman captured first place for presentation of an action plan.
Solon High School students Katie Shen and Kevin Sun took first and second place, respectively, in the senior division and Timothy Yi won first place in the junior division of the multi-affiliate global issues problem solving competition.
SHS team members Yumi Gambrill, Kody Keckler, Thomas Yi and Stephanie Zhu earned the second place trophy in the senior division of the global issues problem solving team competition.
Orchard team members Lea Kim, Kyle Maiorana, Alison Xin, Adam Zhang, Timothy Yi, Julia Fan and Gina Kong won fifth place honors in the junior division for presentation of an action plan.
Solon Girls' Track Team Notches First-Ever State TitleSaturday, June 08, 2013
The Solon High School girls' track team won the Division I state title tonight in Columbus. This is the first-ever Division I state championship for a Solon High School athletic team.
The community met the team bus at the school as it returned home to Solon with the state champ Comets!
Solon High School Commencement May 30Friday, May 31, 2013
Congratulations to the 450 members of the Solon High School Class of 2013 who received their diplomas on stage at the State Theatre last night. As Ms. Short told you last night: Lean in to life, laugh, love, believe and be you!
Solon Schools earn #1 education ranking from Cleveland Magazine for 2013Friday, May 24, 2013
The Cleveland Magazine annual Rating the Suburbs rankings are in: Solon is again the #1 community and the Solon Schools are again #1 in education! Congratulations to all Solon students and staff for the hard work resulting in the top education ranking again this year!
Safety urged for upcoming prom and graduation festivitiesWednesday, May 15, 2013
With prom and graduation just days away, the thoughts of area teens are turning to parties and celebrations. But at the same time, the Solon Schools are urging students to celebrate responsibly and parents and local businesses that are hosting underage student parties to ensure these gatherings are drug and alcohol free.
Ohio’s keg law (Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.69) carries stiff penalties for adults who enable underage drinking that occurs on property under their control. The law covers underage drinking in private homes as well as at hotels, motels, campgrounds and other public places like restaurants.
Ohio law also contains harsh penalties including six months in jail and fines up to $1,000 for parents who allow underage drinking in their home. Specifically, if an after-prom or graduation party is held at a private home and the parents knowingly allow underage teens to drink alcohol, the teenagers and the parents are both violating the law. In addition, the parents can be held liable for any injuries or damage caused by a teenager who has consumed alcohol at their house.
Solon High School graduate competing on Jeopardy College Tournament of ChampionsFriday, May 10, 2013
2011 Solon High School graduate Nishanth Uli is one of just 15 students in the U.S. competing in this season's Jeopardy College Tournament of Champions. Nishanth just completed his sophomore year at Washington University in St. Louis and comes back to SHS on school breaks to keep in contact with the Academic Challenge team. He is one of SHS's all-time leading competitors on the school's Acacdemic Challenge team.
Watch to see how he does in the opening round tonight at 7:30 p.m. on CBS.