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Doug Lindner

School budget hearing April 6

District to keep levy virtually unchanged for fourth year Comments taken by email

SOLON– The Solon Community School District (SCSD) will hold a public hearing for the 2020-2021 budget Monday, April 6, but don’t plan on attending.
Public comments on the $23,441,990 budget will be taken via email to School Board Secretary Kris Wentzien (kwentzien@solon.k12.ia.us) and read into the record.
Solon’s school board will be meeting virtually, with only Wentzien, SCSD Superintendent Davis Eidahl and either President Tim Brown or Vice-President Adam Haluska physically present. All other board members will virtually attend.

Iowa COVID-19 cases quadruple in one week

JOHNSON COUNTY– The numbers have quadrupled in Iowa over the last week.
On Monday, March 30, Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19.
Linn County overtook Johnson County for the most cases in the state, with 71. Johnson County was second with 70 cases, with Polk County increasing to 61.
Linn County had 29 new cases.
The 88 cases were the most announced in a single day, bringing the state’s total to 424 positive cases and six casualties.

35 COVID-19 cases in Johnson County

State total jumps to 105

JOHNSON COUNTY The number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa is increasing daily.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first three cases in Johnson County Sunday, March 8, while Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a third case of community spread in the state Sunday, March 16, and recommended the state close all schools for a period of four weeks.
On Monday, March 23, Reynolds and the IDPH announced 15 additional positive cases, bringing the states total to 105.

Coronavirus spreads

Johnson County is ground zero for COVID-19 in Iowa

IOWA CITY– Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Avoid touching your face. Stay home if you’re sick.
Officials for Johnson County, area hospitals and the State of Iowa reiterated the basic precautions to take to avoid the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fifteen of the state’s 22 COVID-19 cases are in Johnson County as of March 16, and most were passengers on an Egyptian cruise arranged through the Hills Bank and Trust Friends Club Feb. 19 to March 2.

Schools closed for 4 weeks

CCA makes tentative plans while seeking guidance from the state

JOHNSON COUNTY– All area public K-12 school systems have closed and all activities canceled through April 12.
Schools across the state began Monday to follow the recommendation of Gov. Kim Reynolds to close Iowa schools for four weeks due to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Local schools were already closed from March 16 through Friday, March 20, for spring break.

Cities close facilities

Solon, North Liberty, Iowa City close libraries and community centers

JOHNSON COUNTY– Events are being canceled and local cities are encouraging residents to limit their interaction in response to local cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve faced in our lifetimes,” observed Solon City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.
The cities of Solon, North Liberty and Iowa City have closed their libraries and community centers effective immediately to mitigate the spread of disease.
In North Liberty, the closure is scheduled to last through Sunday, April 12.

A legacy of commitment

Kevin Miller steps down as Solon head football coach

SOLON– Head Coach Kevin Miller never missed a football practice in 19 years.
“Never. No matter how sick,” he said the day after hanging up his cleats. “I felt that’s what I needed to do to, to provide the necessary example for our players. That was my own choice.”
Miller, 49, submitted his letter of resignation from the coaching position Wednesday, March 11, and spoke to his team the same day.
A Solon native, he graduated in 1989 after his team won the school’s first state title in the fall of 1988.

Old Mill Creek Part 4 approved

Developer calls for codified park requirements

SOLON– Another 17 residential lots and a small park area are on the way for the Old Mill Creek subdivision.
Council members approved a preliminary plat and developer’s agreement for Part 4 of the residential development at a March 4 meeting.
At the end of the meeting, however, developer Cory Hodapp recommended codification of the city’s park requirements and objected to some engineering costs.

Library board looking into solar power

New roof also needed for 19-year-old building

SOLON– Solon’s library board is exploring a new roof and the possibility of utilizing solar energy.
According to Library Director Kris Brown, the board met in January with representatives of Moxie: America’s Solar Company, of North Liberty, regarding options through a third-party lease.
The topic is on the board’s agenda for upcoming meetings, Brown told members of the Solon City Council during a March 4 meeting.

The Moving Wall coming in August

SOLON– A living tribute to Vietnam Veterans is coming to Johnson County in August.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Solon American Legion Stinocher Post #460 is proudly sharing its commitment to honor and respect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by sponsoring the display of The Moving Wall Aug.13-17.

Respite Services

SOLON– Solon Retirement Village has always offered short term respite stays to help out caregivers who need a break, have to go out of town, health circumstances etc, but is excited to announce the availability now of daily respite services.
Melissa Reed, Campus Administrator states, "Respite services offers a win/win situation for everyone in the family not only the person who attends the program. It is perfect for caregivers who are still trying to work, manage their home and care for a family member."

Calendar revisited

School board considers earlier start for 2020-21 school year Input sought at March 19 meeting

SOLON– One day can make a difference.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education voted to start the 2021-2022 school year for students on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, and will consider making a similar change for the 2020-21 school year at a March 19 meeting.
The new calendar and the possible revision were discussed at a Feb. 20 meeting of the board.
Superintendent Davis Eidhal presented the proposed calendar, explaining the district had taken a different approach this year.