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Solon Economist

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

Slight increase in property tax rate for 2016-17 school year

District budget in solid shape

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Solon is getting bigger, and so is its school district.
That growth is reflected in the Solon Community School District (SCSD) budget for the 2016-17 school year, adopted at the April school board meeting.
The $31.6 million budget includes almost $11 million in construction costs for the new middle school and performing arts center and $10 million for instruction.

SCSD counselors work to set minds at ease

Helping students with the transition

SOLON– We always fear the unknown, said Solon Middle School counselor and facilitator Tony Nicol. This is especially true for kids entering into a new school– an experience that can be scary for a student.
The Solon Community School District’s counseling department works hard to keep transitions between schools as seamless as possible for the students.
“You’re going somewhere you’ve never been before,” Nicol said. “Everything we (the counseling department) do is to try to inform them of what it’s going to be like.”

Shueyville graduates celebrate 125th anniversary of first class

SHUEYVILLE– It has been 125 years since the first graduating class of Shueyville High School. The school’s annual banquet was held at the Shueyville United Methodist Church on Friday, April 22.
The meeting saw new officers, President Kathryn Birky, Vice President Marvin Pospisil, Treasurer Marvin Pospisiland Secretary Adeline Volesky.
The oldest members that attended were Arlene Reyman and Roman Volesky from the class of 1941.

Optimist Club donates $10,000 toward piano

Solon High School vocal music instructor Joel Foreman accepts a $10,000 donation from Solon Optimist Club President Marv Stastny at an April 26 Optimist Club meeting at the Solon Public Library. The donation to the Solon Education Foundation will go toward the purchase of a Steinway Model-D 9-foot grand piano for the new Center for the Arts. The piano will cost $76,500, but the Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) Board of Education has agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $40,000.

Girls 2nd at WaMaC; state qualifier May 12

TIFFIN– Just a handful of points separated conference champ Western Dubuque and runner-up Solon in the 16-team Girls’ WaMaC Super Meet. As the May 5 meet ended, though, the focus immediately turned to Thursday’s state qualifying meet push through to the state May 19-21 in Des Moines. Most of the WaMaC schools– including Solon– fall into Class 3A, so there will be plenty of familiar faces.

Spartans take third at WaMaC Super Meet

Consistency keeps Solon in contention until final event

TIFFIN– The Spartans’ boys track and field team traveled to Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin, on Thursday, May 5, to face the first of three potential crucibles in as many weeks. The WaMaC Super Meet saw 15 teams from the conference battling for bragging rights and the top three positions were decided in the final three events of the evening.

Three team titles so far for Spartan golfers

SOLON– The Solon Spartans boys golf team had a busy three weeks, competing in nine events.
On April 7, the Spartans competed against West Deleware, in Manchester. Solon lost 174 to West Delaware’s 159, moving its record to 0-1.
On April 12, the Spartans battled Maquoketa on the greens, winning 171 to the Cardinals 198, moving to 1-1 on the season.

Spartans third at Marion Invitational meet

MARION– On Monday, May 2, the Spartans managed a third-place team finish at the Marion Boys Track Invitational, with the WaMaC Conference Meet on the horizon.
As Coach Mark Sovers had referenced earlier in the season, the Spartans aren’t relying solely on individuals to score team points. The talented field logged solid performances to carry them to a third place finish using a few different faces to achieve it.

May Day Breakfast May 7

SOLON– Highlight May 7 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 5-12, with tickets available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Families and groups can receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.