Senior Recognition Dinner Honors the Students and Staff Who Made a Difference Thursday, March 26, 2015
Congratulations to the Solon students and educators honored last night at the 2015 Senior Recognition Dinner. These students represent the Top 15 scholars academically in the class of 2015. Each selected one educator to invite to the dinner as a thank you for making a significant impact on them.
The 2015 SHS seniors recognized are: Zachary Bogorad, Dorothy Chan, Catherine Chervenak, Stephen Dayneka, Shannon Finnerty, Christopher Guo, Yi-Lin Huang, Zhong Huang, Anthony Immormino, Bharath Katragadda, Yucen Li, Andre' Saunders, Jenny Yang, Leah Young and Sheng Zhang.
The teachers, advisors and coaches honored are: Robert Rivera, Drew Kirian, William Nyerges, Dan Daquila, Ed Kline, Laura Fitch, Anthony Sanson, Bryan Ashkettle, Michael Davidson, Daniel Ceci, Melissa Fitzgerald, Joseph Paris, Nanci Bush, Brian Sabol and Teresa Pace.
Solon Board of Education Passes Resolution Calling for State Lawmakers to Retain TPP FundingMonday, March 23, 2015
The Solon Board of Education tonight adopted a resolution opposing the state budget proposal in its current form and calling on the Ohio General Assembly to amend the legislation to include permanent reimbursement for locally levied Tangible Personal Property tax revenues eliminated in 2005 in the name of tax reform.
Specifically, the resolution cites the Solon Schools as one of the state’s highest performing school districts and the state of Ohio provides less than 5 percent of the district’s operating expenses through the education funding formula.
In its current form being considered in the Ohio House of Representatives, the budget proposal submitted by the governor will drastically reduce financial resources for the district by cutting $8.3 million, or $1,723 per student, in annual reimbursement for local tangible personal property taxes that were eliminated 10 years ago to improve the state’s business climate. That $8.3 million in annual lost revenue represents 12% of the district’s operating budget and would require 7.25 locally voted mills to replace.
Solon Board of Education Approves Two Administrative Hires for SMS Principal and Coordinator of Pupil ServicesMonday, March 23, 2015
The Solon Board of Education tonight approved two veteran educators to fill administrative positions beginning this summer. Scott Hatteberg will be the Solon Middle School principal and Tebra Page will be the district’s coordinator of pupil services.
Mr. Hatteberg will assume the role of Solon Middle School principal beginning August 1. He is replacing the current SMS principal, Eugenia Green, who is retiring this year.
Mr. Hatteberg has been with the Solon Schools 25 years, the past 15 years as the assistant principal at the middle school and he has earned the opportunity to succeed Mrs. Green. He began his tenure in the district as a seventh grade math teacher, and taught on 7-west for seven years.
“I am looking forwarding to continuing to serve the students of our school community, as well as the parents and staff in my new role as principal,” Mr. Hatteberg said. “I have really enjoyed teaching mathematics and serving as assistant principal of our school, and look forward to this next phase of my career.
Solon again taking proactive role in protecting Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax reimbursementsThursday, March 19, 2015
Solon Schools’ Treasurer Tim Pickana and Superintendent Joseph Regano testified in Columbus today before the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Primary & Secondary Education expressing concern about the dramatic impact of a proposed budget provision that would permanently eliminate tangible personal property (TPP) tax reimbursements to Ohio school districts. In testifying before the subcommittee, Mr. Pickana was acting in his role as president of the Coalition for Fiscal Fairness in Ohio, a single-purpose group of school districts from around the state dedicated to preserving TPP reimbursements for local districts. The elimination of these reimbursements would be devastating to school districts throughout Ohio.
Mr. Pickana’s testimony framed the background of the TPP issue and discussed the possible unintended consequences associated with the permanent elimination of TPP reimbursements to schools. The Coalition for Fiscal Fairness in Ohio has developed a strong reputation with legislators for providing easy-to-understand and meaningful data surrounding the TPP issue and its impact on Ohio school districts.
Read MoreResources: Read Mr. Regano's & Mr. Pickana's Full Testimony Here
Solon Students Win National Scholastic Art & Writing AwardsMonday, March 16, 2015
Three Solon students just won National Silver Medals in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.
Solon High School artist Jessica Hartig and writer Madison Jackson earned their Silver Medals in sculpture and flash fiction respectively and Solon Middle School artist Rebecca Oet won hers in photography.
Their work will be displayed with the other Scholastic national medal winning pieces at an exhibit at Carnegie Hall in June.
The works of all Solon Scholastic Art Competition winners are featured in the collage below. Congratulations to these talented young artists!
OPEN Seminar on Ohio’s Children with Medical Handicaps Program Set for March 19Monday, March 16, 2015
Solon’s Organized Parent Education Network is sponsoring a parent program on Thursday, March 19, to outline the Ohio Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) Program.
Cuyahoga County Board of Health nurse Nancy Schultek, RN, will provide an overview of the program and detail participant qualifications, application procedures and covered services.
Administered through the Ohio Department of Health, BCMH connects families of children with special needs to high-quality health care providers and funding for services. The program works to assure that children with special health care needs (and their families) obtain comprehensive care and services that are family centered, community based and culturally sensitive.
A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. Contact information for the BCMH nurses at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health will be shared.
Please join OPEN for this informative session on March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Solon Board of Education. RSVP to Solon’s parent mentor, Anne Harmody, at (440) 349-8039.
This program cannot be videotaped.
Funding Update: Letter Writing Campaign to Retain TPP ReimbursementFriday, March 13, 2015
As promised, we are providing ready-made communication tools to get you fully engaged in the school funding fight to help us retain the Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursements our district receives. With the budget bill being considered in committee in the Ohio House, it is now time to make contact with key lawmakers to ensure they are keenly aware how important this issue is to Solon and Glenwillow residents.
At stake for the Solon Schools is $8.2 million a year ($1,723 per student) in reimbursement for the eliminated local TPP taxes.
The state has already cut our TPP reimbursement by nearly $4.4 million annually ($912 per student) to help plug gaps in the state budget during the recession. But current law enacted two years ago keeps our remaining reimbursement permanent. Our goal is to ensure legislators retain that existing tax law, and we need your help.
Please find attached a sample letter to our State Representative Marlene Anielski. Please use the letter in its entirety or personalize as you would like. Sign and send the letter to Rep.
Read MoreResources: Letter To Rep Anielski 3-13-15
SHS Girls Basketball on to the Elite Eight!Thursday, March 12, 2015
After downing the #1 state-ranked team in a Sweet 16 win Tuesday night, the Solon Lady Comets basketball team is ready to take on Massillon Jackson Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Regional Championship game at the Canton Civic Center.
Pre-sale student and adult tickets are on sale in the high school athletic office for $7 until 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets at the gate on game night are $8.
The high school is sponsoring another Spirit Bus for SHS students to get to the game. Cost is $10 and includes a game ticket. SHS students must sign up for the Spirit Bus in the athletic office by noon on Friday. The bus will leave SHS at 5:30 p.m. and return at approximately 10:30 p.m.
Support the Comets through their exciting playoff run! Let’s get Comets fans in the seats and the cheer the team on to the Final Four!