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News

Is Solon ready to start laying eggs?

City council asked by youth to consider urban chicken ordinance

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– Other towns are doing it.
Why not Solon?
Ethan Kober, accompanied by his father Scott, posed the question to the Solon City Council at an Aug. 21 meeting.
“I’ve raised chickens the last four years, and I’d like to continue to do that in Solon,” Kober told council members. He asked what could possibly be done to allow backyard chickens within the Solon city limits.

Solon School News

Calendar reminders

Sept. 11: Facilities usage meeting, 7 p.m. in room 403.
Sept. 19: 1 p.m. Early out
Sept. 19: HS Parent-Teacher conferences, 1 until 7:30 p.m.

September board of education

The Solon board of education meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16, in the central office conference room.

School pictures Sept. 18

We Run for the Red White & Blue

NORTH LIBERTY– The owners of We Run specialty running store in North Liberty, Kris and Brian Tharp, often hold group running events for their customers, running students and friends.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, the runners had some special guests.
Members of Team Red, White & Blue joined the Sunday run, carrying flags and sporting their Team RBW T-shirts to honor victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon and the attempted attack on Washington, D.C.

It’s time to decide school leadership

Six candidates share views at public forum

By Eric Hawkinson
Solon Economist
SOLON– In Solon, there is no shortage of people who care about the town. Many school districts struggle to get anyone from the community to attend a single school board meeting, while some Solon constituents attend every one, hoping to share their ideas for a better future.
The Solon school board candidate forum held Wednesday, Aug. 28, was another one of those nights.

District to potentially assist with drainage issue

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education has released the following statement through Superintendent Sam Miller in response to drainage issues on Marshek Court:

Stipend or per- call pay for NLFD?

Chiefs hope to change pay rate

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Even though they are volunteers, members of the North Liberty fire department do actually get paid, albeit just a stipend at the end of the year.
North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department (NLFD) fire chiefs are seeking to change that.
Fire chief Eric Vandewater and assistant chiefs Bill Schmooke and Bryan Hardin approached the North Liberty City Council on Aug. 13 to present a case for the fire department switching to a pay-per-call system.

Wild Rabbit, worthy cause

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It looks like something a few dozen clowns would tumble out of. It has more glitter than a Liberace performance. And, it will be a $500 boost to the North Liberty Food Pantry’s coffers when somebody buys it.
It is a 1979 VW Rabbit, known as the “Sparkle Car,” for sale at Sherm’s Auto in North Liberty. Owner Steve Sherman took the utilitarian economy car, which had been brush-painted a rather drab shade of brown, and transformed it into a one-of-a-kind unit its future owner will never lose in a parking lot.

ICCSD to make land purchase near North Liberty for district’s third comprehensive high school

By Eric Hawkinson and
Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The spot for a new high school has been chosen, as the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) inches toward finalizing its comprehensive facilities master plan.
The school board voted 6-0 at an Aug. 13 district meeting to approve a land acquisition for the location of a proposed third high school; 76 acres of near at the junction of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road.

CCA board candidates respond to questions

TIFFIN– Six candidates are running for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District Board of Education. Five of the candidates will appear on the Sept. 10 school election ballot, while one candidate has declared a write-in campaign.

Be aware of changes in CCA school board election ballot

Pitlick wants out, Kinney wants back in

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– There are two significant changes in the upcoming school board election for the Clear Creek Amana school district.
As of the candidate filing deadline of Aug. 1, CCA board president Eileen Schmidt was set to face current board member Aimee Pitlick for one at-large seat in the Sept. 10 election. Pitlick currently holds the at-large seat with Schmidt representing District Two. Both were elected to the board in 2009.

Dealing with racial disparity

Five local reps to attend juvenile justice reform training

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The subject of minorities being arrested and incarcerated at a higher percentage than white people has been an on-going discussion topic in Johnson County, and was cited during debates over the county’s proposed new justice center. However that discussion focused on adult contact with law enforcement and the criminal justice center, and not necessarily on juvenile offenders.

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.