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Solon Economist

Solon looks at open enrollment caps

School board also continues facilities discussions

By Alex Kline
Solon Economist

SOLON– When do you decide to close the doors on open enrollment?
The Solon school board discussed options for open enrollment benchmarks at the Dec. 9 meeting. Superintendent Sam Miller presented a framework that set parameters at which open enrollment could be closed at each grade level.
Though the number wasn’t a flat rate, most grades close at five students before target capacities, a level approved by the board last year.

County approves $3.7 million design

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Last Thursday, Dec. 5, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors took a significant step toward replacing a county facility that was damaged by fire last spring.
It came at higher price than the board would have hoped, but members justified it for its longevity, functionality and accordance with the county’s efforts toward sustainability and reduced energy consumption.

St. Mary to host Financial Peace University in January

SOLON– “Liberating! Invaluable! Great!” are words that have been used by graduates to describe Financial Peace University (FPU). This nine-week program helps people get to a place of well-being with regards to finances. Graduates have been able to substantially reduce debt, save for the future, meet personal financial goals, and give like never before. FPU consists of weekly video classes taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey and coached by people who have graduated from the course. Classes will be held at St Mary Catholic Church, 1749 Racine Ave., Solon. Classes start Sunday, Jan.

Overtime

Spartans overcome double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter against Mid-Prairie

SOLON– It was an instant classic.
After several seasons where the Mid-Prairie/Solon doubleheader has been tipped to Solon’s advantage, the Golden Hawks gave the Spartans all they could handle Saturday.
Solon escaped with a 63-62 overtime win, but only after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.
“It was an exciting game,” said head coach Brad Randall. “It was good to come away with a win.”

Lady Spartans pick apart Mid-Prairie

Defense, 18 steals lead to second win of the season

SOLON– Defense was the key.
The Lady Spartans picked up their second win of the season over the weekend with a 50-37 victory over Mid-Prairie, part of a girls/boys doubleheader Saturday in Solon.
The Lady Spartans turned up the heat on Mid-Prairie, coming away with 18 steals and some transition opportunities.
“Our game plan against Mid-Prairie was to pressure their guards,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “I thought Rylee Smith did a tremendous job of frustrating Mid Prairie’s point guard.”

Changes on tap for Old Gold

Solon Retirement Village to provide meals beginning in 2014

SOLON– Solon’s Old Gold Dining began providing congregate meals to area seniors in May 1980, the year after the Solon United Methodist Church built its fellowship hall. In the three decades since its inception, the program has undergone various changes, from cooking meals on-site to contracting with a meal provider, serving a fluctuating number of people throughout the years to a current roster of 93 participants age 60 and older.
Over time, Old Gold Dining has become much more than a place to get hot food once a day for the price of a free-will donation.