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Solon Economist

New policy provides a more thorough approach in preventing and handling bullying

Zero tolerance

SOLON– Solon is taking a firmer stand when it comes to bullying in schools.
At the May 11 school board meeting, administration presented the first reading of the district’s updated anti-bullying/harassment policy, which was approved by the board.
Solon Community School District defines bullying as “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time that creates an imbalance of power. This type of behavior can include but is not limited to the following: targeted acts or threats, or intent to hurt someone with no regret or remorse for the intended victim.”

Seniors depart

Solon senior Eric Holtorf gives his mother Jennifer a hug after his name was read at Solon High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 17, in the high school gymnasium. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Parents test out Walking School Bus in Solon

By Jen Moore
Solon Economist

SOLON– Kelsey Bumsted and Kari Juhl call themselves the “wheels on the bus.”
Though the pair is responsible for bringing a Walking School Bus to Solon this past March, they say it’s the kids who have been the ones in the driver’s seat.
“It’s the big topic at school. The kids are really the ones making it grow,” Bumsted said. “We’re just making sure (they’re safe) while they just pick up new people left and right.”

Proposed UTV ordinance sent to council committee

Golf cart ordinance also to be reviewed

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council is continuing down the path of allowing utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) on city streets, but there are some reservations.
At a May 6 meeting, council members referred a draft ordinance allowing utility vehicles to the streets committee, along with the golf cart ordinance approved back in 2011.
Three city council members, however, had concerns about the proposed utility vehicle ordinance and about the enforcement of the current golf cart law.

Solon’s Fifth Street Jazz earns new state title

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– This spring, Solon High School’s Fifth Street Jazz vocal ensemble earned the district’s fifth state Iowa Jazz Championship title in eight years.
It puts Solon in front of its other 3A level competitors across the state in terms of championships earned, and gives vocal music director Joel Foreman yet another reason to sing praises for his dedicated students.
Going to championships is an auditioned process, and schools must submit an audio recording even to be considered to attend. About 30 to 35 schools are chosen to compete each year.

Solon Music on Main Street concert series returns June 3 for 6 weeks

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off a six-week program on June 3 featuring “Kindred Spirits.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting June 3 for the six-week run. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic basket to enjoy music and the community.
The Iowa City Community Band will perform June 10 followed by Leo Shima Country Sounds on June 17.
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will take the band stand on June 24.

Solon community rallies to support Mary’s Meals

SOLON– The excitement is building as Solon prepares to welcome Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, who will include a stop in his visit to Iowa to launch his recent book.
MacFarlane-Barrow will talk about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals,” on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.

Solon benefits from best Beef Days ever

SOLON– The Solon Beef Days Committee is proud to announce this year’s recipients of their annual donations, requested through February and earmarked each year in April, to be given back to the community and surrounding area. The following organizations and activities were chosen on the merit of their projects as this year’s recipients:
Solon Park & Rec. (third of three-year commitment) $2,000
Solon Post Grad Scholarships $3,000
Win with Reading Program (Author Sponsor) $1,200
Solon Spartan Stadium (4th of 5 year commitment)
$2,000
Project Prom (run wristband booth) $500

Field events lead the way to state track meet

Girls win regional

MOUNT PLEASANT– A win at regional is great… but it quickly takes a back seat to ‘what happens now?’ at the 2015 State Co-ed Track & Field Meet, May 21-23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Spartans second; 13 events qualify for state track meet

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
MT. PLEASANT– The Solon boy’s track team made the most of the opportunities given to them at last week’s district meet held in Mount Pleasant.
While the team finished runner-up to host Mount Pleasant, the Spartans qualified an impressive 13 events for this week’s state meet to be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Under the format used to determine state qualifiers, the top two finishers in each event move on. The final eight spots in each event are determined by ranking performances from across the state at the various district meets.

Four wins in a row heading to postseason

SOLON– Solon’s varsity soccer team won four matches in a row and jumped to a winning record just in time to peak in the postseason.
The Spartan boys defeated Washington 2-1 on the road Monday (May 18) and had a regular-season finale scheduled for Tuesday (May 19) at Center Point-Urbana.

Lady Spartans wallop West Delaware, 11-1

SOLON– Despite injuries and scheduling issues, Solon’s varsity girls soccer team is holding its own as it heads into the backstretch of the season.
The Lady Spartans moved to 8-4 on the season with a 5-1 win over Western Dubuque Monday at home. Solon also picked up wins against West Delaware and Independence, but fell to 3A opponent Cedar Rapids Prairie.