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News

Solon High School ACT scores are highest in past five years

SOLON– Solon High School students scored the highest marks in the past five years in the areas of English, math, and science on the 2013 ACT tests. The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework. The composite score of 23.4 for Solon High School was well above the state average of 22.1.

Marshek residents unhappy with city’s approach

Residents want to ditch homeowners’ association, but city might require it

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– Things had been moving along, albeit slowly.
The drainage issue affecting the residents of the cul-de-sac Marshek Court had made it back on the city council’s radar, and over the last month the city’s engineer and public works director had been working on a cost-effective solution.
Then came Wednesday night’s council meeting.

Big Grove Brewery

Much anticipated opening date set for

SOLON– It’s a combination of rustic elements and contemporary design, urban chic meets country comfort. It’s a Friday night with old friends around the fire, topped off with new-to-the-world trendy craft beer.
It’s part five-star chef, part mom’s mac-and-cheese, born of a blend of talented individuals both raised in the Midwest and schooled by life in some of the most eclectic, metropolitan places in the world.
And it’s all in once place, right in the heart of Solon.

Chicken ordinance gains some ground

Council passes first reading

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is ready for chickens… with reservations.
After a lot of talking, a little squawking and considerable balking, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will allow certain residents to keep chickens in town.
Parts of an urban chicken ordinance have been scratched out and rewritten several times in the last few months, but staff presented changes last Tuesday, Aug. 12, that three councilors could live with, at least for awhile.

Teachers weigh in on SBG implementation

Board approves guiding SBG document prepared by teacher committee

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– The teachers have spoken.
A committee of Solon teachers met Friday. Aug. 9, to discuss the future of Standards-Based Grading (SBG) in Solon schools. Although the meeting did not result in a comprehensive plan for the year, teacher representatives felt confident with the direction the administration is heading.
The Solon school district administration, and members of the teacher committee, presented their SBG guiding document to the board on Monday, Aug. 12.

Residents offer advice on next jail proposal

Supervisors listen to opinions at Solon meeting

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– It was a small crowd, but that’s okay with Johnson County officials seeking input on what to do next about the county’s dearth of jail and courtroom space.