Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Solon School Board President Julie Glavin said that House Bill 136 "threatens the essence of public education as we know it."
The Solon Board of Education approved a resolution opposing a school choice bill moving through the Ohio Legislature, saying that it "threatens the essence of public education" in Ohio. House Bill 136 expands the school voucher program by allowing students to receive public money to attend a private school, taking the money from their home school district. The resolution was unanimously approved Monday night by the school board. "The operation of the proposed program would take dollars directly from the already financially beleagured local public school districts resulting in fewer resources for the education of the remaining students," the resolution reads. So public school districts across the state are alarmed by the bill, which would …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Solon bus driver Carole Haydocy was fired from job this week after she left a 4-year-old student on a bus
The Solon School Board fired a 19-year veteran bus driver after she left a 4-year-old boy unsupervised on her bus last week. Carole Haydocy was fired by unanimous vote of the school board. Superintendent Joe Regano called the firing "unfortunate, but necessary." "It’s very hard for us to do, but it’s harder not to do," Regano said. The boy was supposed to get off at Arthur Road Elementary, but was still on the bus when the driver took it to the storage area. The child's family told Fox 8 news that the boy then unhooked his safety harness and began wandering around the bus parking area. He was found by school staff on Thursday afternoon. The boy was fine. Regano said that they believe the boy was unsupervised for about 15 minutes. Before …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
As Northeast Ohio school districts kick off a new year, most are making do with a lot less from the state, writes the Plain Dealer
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Solon School District received an 'excellent' ranking this year, but not the 'excellent with distinction' rank it earned last year, despite posting a better score. How come?
The latest state report card for Solon City Schools recognized that the schools are excellent, but removed the "excellent with distinction" tag the schools had earned previously, despite this year's higher performance. What gives? Essentially, the reason is that Solon students are already performing at a very high level and there's little room for improvement. The excellence "downgrade" comes down to two different ways the state measures student progress in Ohio's more than 600 school districts. One way is with the Performance Index Score, which measures "the acheivement of all students over time," according to Solon school officials. That score – built by results from standardized tests – measures a school's effectiveness by taking a …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Solon is again one of the top school districts in the state with a performance index of 110.7
Solon City Schools continues to rank as one of the best school systems in the state. The school district earned an excellent ranking on its Ohio Report Card for the 2010-11 school year, meeting all 26 performance goals. It's the 12th year in a row Solon has met all the performance measures. The official report will be released Wednesday morning, but preliminary data shows that Solon Schools received a performance score of 110.7, slightly higher than the district's score last year, when Solon was the top-ranked school district in the state. "We are gratified to see these excellent results and that once again our students are achieving at the highest levels in the state," said Superintendent Joe Regano. While the district is again ranked in …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The budget provides short-term cuts but the long-term relief that the Solon school district needs
Short-term pain, but a better long-term picture. That's the way Solon school officials describe the impact of Ohio's recently signed two-year budget on the city schools. Solon Schools will have to deal with a nearly $2.6 million loss in tangible personal property tax reimbursements – $1.279 million per year for the next two years. But the school system also saw its $2 million basic state aid losses restored in the final budget. Over the long term, Solon schools stand to lose $22 million over the next eight-plus years. But that's much better than it stood months ago, when Gov. John Kasich first proposed his budget plan. At that time, the schools stood to lose about $2 million in basic state aid and $54 million over the next eight-plus …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sonia's speech revolves around life's experiences and how it brought her classmates together
This video presents Solon High School senior Sonia Godbole's speech in its entirety. Sonia's speech revolves around life's experiences and how it brought her classmates together. Check out the other graduation speech by senior Aliza Weiss.
Aliza's speech focuses on life's twists, turns and U-turns as she talks about our inner moral compass
This video presents Solon High School senior Aliza Weiss' speech in its entirety. Aliza's speech focuses on life's twists, turns and U-turns as she talks about our inner moral compass. Check out video of the other graduation speech by senior Sonia Godbole.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Marlene Anielski, a Republican representative serving Solon in the Ohio House, talks education funding
What is the proper way to fund schools in Ohio? That's one of the big questions of our days, as the state wrestles with an $8 billion budget hole and tries to figure out a way to ensure that each student receives a quality education. Last week, the Southeast Republicans held a forum on school funding, featuring an education policy official from the state, Solon school officials, a number of state representatives and other experts. All week, we will post video excerpts from the forum. Today, Ohio Rep. Marlene Anielski, who represents Solon, discusses her views on the education budget. Here is the schedule for the rest of the week: Monday: Former Ohio Rep. Jim Betts provides a brief summary of school funding in Ohio. Tuesday: Betts gives …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Superintendent Joe Regano said he understands the state's budget pain
What is the proper way to fund schools in Ohio? That's one of the big questions of our days, as the state wrestles with an $8 billion budget hole and tries to figure out a way to ensure that each student receives a quality education. Last week, the Southeast Republicans held a forum on school funding, featuring an education policy official from the state, Solon school officials, a number of state representatives and other experts. All week, we will post video excerpts from the forum. Today, Solon Superintendent Joe Regano gives Solon's view on the state funding debate. Here is the schedule for the rest of the week: Monday: Former Ohio Rep. Jim Betts provides a brief summary of school funding in Ohio. Tuesday: Betts gives his opinion on …