Friday, August 15, 2014

September 9th Referendum

The Solon Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with a September 9th referendum vote.  The district is proposing $25.5 million dollar referendum for the construction of a new middle school and a new Center for the Arts.   Details of the plan and Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed HERE.

A public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at Solon High School.  Following an overview of the project by Struxture Architects, board members and administration will be available for questions.

In addition to voting on September 9th, an additional satellite voting opportunity will be available on Friday, August 29th at Spartan Stadium from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. during the Solon vs. Iowa City Regina football game.  Patrons interested in voting must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the Solon Community School District.

If you have questions regarding the proposed facility improvements, please contact me at 624-3401 or email:


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New School Year

August 14th, marks the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.  A big thank you to the many people who play a significant role in making Solon one of the finest school districts in Iowa:

  • Our maintenance staff who has done a terrific job over the summer months getting our schools repaired, cleaned and ready for another school year.  
  • Our technology department for working tirelessly to get all of our technology tools ready for students and staff.
  • Our nutrition program for continuing to learn best practice, making our lunch rooms more appealing and getting our kitchens ready to serve 1,000 meals a day.
  • Our transportation department for repairing our fleet and developing new routes for efficiently transporting our students.
  • Our associates for their compassion and professionalism in working with our students and staff.
  • Our secretaries for leading a great culture in our schools by working positively with our students and parents.
  • Our central office staff for their customer service attitude and ability to keep our district organized.
  • Our Board of Education for their vision, leadership and oversight to help every student enjoy a quality learning experience.
  • Our administration for their commitment to excellence and doing whatever it takes to to make our schools successful.
  • And finally, our teachers --- who are simply the best!  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Celebration of Service

Francis Vislisel was honored on May 20th at a retirement party for his years of service for the Solon Community School District.  Fran has delivered school mail for the past ten years.

Several family members and friends attended the ceremony and thanked "Franny" for being a wonderful worker, friend, and genuinely nice guy.

Congratulations Fran!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hills Bank Donation

Our partners at Hills Bank are at it again.  As you can see in the picture below, Hills Bank presented the Solon Community School District with a check for $1,533.52.  This bring their total contributions to the school district to over $23,000.  Thank you to Hills Bank and their continued support of the Solon School District.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


The Solon Community School District has experienced a very successful spring.  The District recently received Iowa Assessment data (formerly ITBS and ITED).  The results were very impressive.  In many areas student performance was higher than in previous years.  Not only did the district have high percentages of student scoring at the proficient level (grade level), but also the data indicated that in several areas we had high levels of students scoring in the highly proficient range (90 - 99 percentile).  The District is creating a Community Report that will be shared in May that will include Iowa Assessment data.

Our fine arts programs continue to showcase their talents in winning fashion.  The Middle School Show Choir just finished a very successful year that included individual and team success.  High School Jazz also finished another fantastic season that culminated with Solon winning a fourth State Championship in seven years.  Congratulations to our students, teachers and parents for their commitment to excellence.

Solon athletes continue to compete for state championships.  Solon captured Drake Relays individual titles in BOTH boys and girls shot put.  Congratulations to Dalton Ferguson and Shelby Gunnells for winning Drake Relays titles.