Solon School Sexting-Tale or Truth

Kaitlyn Ridel and Laura Johnston of Northeast Ohio Media Group had a few news reports about allegations that students of Solon Schools were sexting.

Whats news?  News is the communication of selected information on events.  It is debatable that news is different from truth.  What’s sexting?  Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.

According to Kaitlyn Ridel, students and parents reached out to NEOMG.  She states,

Northeast Ohio Media Group (NEOMG) received detailed accounts from students about the photos, which they said began spreading last fall. They said boys kept photos in an electronic file called the “vault” and traded images of girls like baseball cards.

Another basis for NEOMG report is several images from publicly visible twitter accounts.  Now, of much relevance is the definition of a tweet.  A tweet is a short phrase, not more than 140 characters long and therefore is probably not subject to copyright laws.  Some of these twitter accounts may belong to students of Solon and other schools.  These twitter images refer to sexting at Solon school, disciplinary action taken by Solon School District, investigation and denial by school officials.

Solon School Sexting Tweet

Solon School Sexting Tweet

Solon School Sexting Tweet

Solon School Sexting Tweet

School officials are not stating that the nude photographs do not exist or exist.  Some of these twitter accounts went private after the report by Plain Dealer, NEOMG staff.  Laura Johnston of NEOMG reports that Erin Short, Principal, Solon High School stated the following in a message:

With news reports making claims about alleged occurrences at Solon High School, I want to emphasize that although the administrative team has heard rumors this week regarding inappropriate photos on social media or cell phones, this information was investigated and we have been presented with no evidence to substantiate these rumors.

Additionally, no disciplinary actions have been issued at Solon High School this week regarding inappropriate photos on social media or cell phones and there has been no police involvement of any kind. The school would certainly not hesitate to issue consequences if evidence is ever presented that warrants school discipline or referral to the Solon Police Department.  Please use this communication as another reminder to have a serious conversation with your child about the potential dangers of misusing their phone technology and social media. In addition, if you ever have any concerns about student safety related to cell phone use and social media, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  We will continue to work with our PTA, guidance staff and student facilitator to address the complicated issue of social media use among students.”

Prosecutors have broad discretion to decide how to charge young people with sexting, or whether to prosecute them at all.  They might pursue felony convictions, which label the young person as a sex offender and carry mandatory registration requirements.  Or they may charge a young person with misdemeanors without registration requirements, or impose hours of community service, or they may decide not to pursue charges at all.  In a case such as this, the last option is most likely.

Currently in Ohio, sexting may result in two potential felony charges. The first is a violation of Ohio Revised Code section 2907.322, “Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor,”.  The other is a violation of Ohio Revised Code section 2907.323, “Illegal Use of Minor in Nudity Oriented Material or Performance.”


Solon City Schools Offer Camp Invention

In partnership with Invent Now, Solon City Schools offered the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six at Parkside Elementary School .  This exciting, week-long summer adventure in creativity immersed children in imaginative play that reinforced and supplemented school-year learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Children worked together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpened critical 21st century learning skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving as they rotated through four modules each day that disguise learning as fun.  This exciting week of four fun-filled modules began on June 22, under the direction of Dr. Bryan R. Drost.

In the Inventeureka™ module, children ventured on the Ci6000 Space Modulator Time Machine for a fantasy adventure. Children built their own inventions and learned to adapt certain features for various situations.

Participants spent their time navigating an island via upcycled ships and learned the power of combining magnetism and electricity during the Magnetropolis™ module.

Camp Invention at Solon Solon District

Camp Invention at Solon Solon District

In the I Can Invent: Balloon Burst™ module, children designed balloon bursting machines, while learning the importance of gears, motors, springs, and magnets.

Finally, in the Action and Adventure Games™ module, a participant favorite, children combined physical activity and creativity to manipulate the rules of fun, energetic games.

Children used many recyclable items such as bottle caps, bubble wrap, foam trays, plastic tubing, shoe boxes, water bottles, buttons, cereal boxes, foam trays, containers, lids in their projects.

Local educators Mrs. Renee Illa, Mrs. Laura DiBarto, Mrs. Susan Kenzig, Mrs. Wendy Houlahan, Ms. Becca Weinfurtner facilitated the program modules.  High school counselors Lauren Kirian, Thai McLoughlin, Molly Houlahan and Kyra Douglas and volunteers Stephanie Kenzig, Chris Kenzig, Andy DiBarto and Sarah Vale provided assistance ensuring that one staff member was in place for every eight children.

State Rep. Marlene Anielski and Sen. Tom Patton Support Solon School District

The final two-year state budget bill HB 153 signed by Gov. John Kasich last night leaves the Solon Schools with a much-improved fiscal outlook from when the budget process began four months ago.  Although the district will still lose $1.279 million a year in tangible personal property reimbursement this year and again next year, the remaining $8.4 million in annual reimbursements for lost TPP tax revenues is now preserved under the new law.

When the governor released his budget proposal in April, the district faced combined losses from state foundation aid and tangible personal property tax reimbursements of more than $2.6 million a year and a cumulative impact of $54 million over the next 8.5 years. That cumulative impact is now reduced to approximately $22 million over that same time.

“We really accomplished something great with the outcome of this budget,” said Solon Schools’ Superintendent Joe Regano. “All of our work through lobbying and the intensive grassroots contact campaign was without a doubt the reason our financial picture under this two-year budget is 180 degrees from what we were looking at in April. We absolutely could not have done this without the support and engagement of our community. The efforts of our citizens in helping to demonstrate the devastating impact of the proposed cuts were invaluable.”

Also key was the support the district received from State Rep. Marlene Anielski and Sen. Tom Patton, Mr. Regano explained. “We could not have asked for better representation during this budget process,” he said. Rep. Anielski and Sen. Patton, along with Rep. Nan Baker, who represents West Side districts, took the time to learn about the history of the TPP reimbursement issue and the impact eliminating that reimbursement would have had on districts they represent. “They understood the complexities of the issue and worked hard to achieve a fair compromise. The result is a shared sacrifice that reflects the difficult economic times Ohio is facing.”

In addition to the halting of the TPP phase-out after this biennium, the legislature restored the proposed cuts in state foundation funding, which for Solon amounted to more than $2 million.

“Although it will not be easy, we will be able to weather these cuts,” Mr. Regano said. “For the upcoming year, we reduced 25 positions and our employees have stepped up and accepted pay freezes and benefit changes in their new contracts. We have also continued to implement efficiencies wherever we can to reduce our overall expenditure slope.”

Mr. Regano cautioned, however, that the district and the community will need to stay vigilant regarding the TPP reimbursement issue. “The new law halts the phase-out, but we will undoubtedly need to protect this reimbursement in future state budget cycles.”

Solon High School Conducts Boys’ Basketball Camps

Solon Schools Basketball Coach Bob Patton

Solon Schools Basketball Coach Bob Patton

The Solon Recreation Department along with Solon High School Boys’ Basketball Coach Bob Patton ran a week long basketball camps at the Solon High School Main Gymnasium from June 13th to July 1st.  1st to 8th graders participated in two different sessions.

The basketball camps are designed to teach the fundamentals in a fun environment.  There was instruction time for all the basics of basketball as well as competitions and games.

Each participant received a T-shirt and a basketball.  The fee for the camp was about $70.

Solon Board of Education Approves Basketball Coach Bob Patton

In selecting Bob Patton as its new varsity basketball coach, Solon High School has underscored its commitment to a winning tradition and excellence on and off the court for its student athletes.  Patton, who coached and teaches at Westlake High School, will replace Sean Fisher, who resigned as Solon’s head coach this year to spend more time with his young family.

Basketball Class at Solon School

Basketball Class at Solon School

Patton has coached the varsity basketball and golf teams at Westlake since 2007.  Prior to that he was head varsity coach for both sports at Kenston High School, serving as head basketball coach from 2002-2007. In addition, he was an assistant basketball coach at Dublin Coffman and Mount Pleasant high schools.

The Solon Board of Education approved Patton’s hiring at today’s board meeting.

“Bob Patton has an impressive record as a varsity coach,” said Solon Comets’ Athletic Director Mark McGuire. “We think his record as a successful coach and player in his own right makes him a perfect fit for our Solon basketball community. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Sean Fisher for his dedication to our program and our student athletes.”

Patton played college basketball at Stanford and was a standout during the team’s NIT championship year, 1991, and its NCAA tournament run in 1992.

“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to play for and coach with some of the best basketball people in the state of Ohio and throughout the country,” Patton said. “In both instances as a head coach, I took programs to levels they had previously not reached with a short period of time. My teams have always achieved more than what was expected due to hard work and discipline. My players learn more than just basketball skills; they will be prepared for their toughest challenge, their life.”

Patton earned a bachelor’s in political science from Stanford in 1995 and a master’s in teaching from Kent State University in 1997.  He will continue in his teaching role at Westlake.

“We are very excited about the addition of Bobby Patton to our athletic department,” said Solon High School Principal Erin Short. “Bob is a proven winner, who has experience developing programs. I am confident he will help us get ‘to the next level.’”

Solon City Council Passes Resolution Supporting Solon City School District


City of Solon Ohio LogoWHEREAS, the Solon City School District has a tradition of excellence in education, becoming the highest performing school district in the State of Ohio’s history last year, and

WHEREAS, a quality school system is essential not only in the education of our children, but in making Solon a desirable place to reside and locate a business, and

WHEREAS, the State of Ohio proposes cutting $1,211,471 per year for 8-plus years and $319,299 for the next 4 years until a total of $11 million is taken from the Solon City School District, losing approximately 18% of their total operating budget, and

WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has always been fiscally prudent, making $6 million in permanent reductions since 2005, and

WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has always supported our local business community, an

WHEREAS, the Solon City School District has formed a Strategic Planning Finance Action Team initiating a plan, generating awareness and campaigning against the state’s proposed budget cuts, and

WHEREAS, our Solon businesses face potential increased tax exposure because of the state’s budget proposal to shift an increasing burden to our local community, and

WHEREAS, Solon taxpayers currently fund more than 95% of the district’s operating expenses and this percentage will increase under the state budget proposal. These revenues should not be redistributed to other, lower performing districts.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by Council of the City of Solon, State of Ohio:

Section 1. The Mayor and Council of the City of Solon hereby declare their support for the Solon City School District and their opposition to the State of Ohio’s proposed budget cuts.

Section 2. The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to forward a copy of this Resolution in support immediately upon passage and approval to the Board of the Solon City School District and the House Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education.

Section 3. This Resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Solon by reason of immediate necessity to support the Solon City School District. Wherefore, provided this Ordinance receives the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of Council elected or appointed, it shall take effect immediately upon its passage and execution by the Mayor; otherwise, it shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

Passed: April 13, 2011