The late Joseph V. Regano, Solon City School District’s longtime superintendent, will forever have his name displayed along SOM Center Road following a resolution approved by the Board of Education Monday.

The board approved a resolution renaming the Solon Preschool as the Joseph V. Regano Early Learning Center. Mr. Regano, the district’s superintendent for more than 30 years, died in 2020.

“This is a very very exciting thing for us,” Superintendent Fred Bolden said. “This is not something we do often, if at all.”

Mr. Bolden said that his predecessor was a mentor and dear friend to many, as well as an exceptional educator.

“But above all else, he cared about the children of this district.

“That was what he was about,” Mr. Bolden said. “Every day it was about the kids.”

Mr. Bolden recalled driving with Mr. Regano when he pointed out the building that now houses the preschool.

“He said it was an incredible space and would be great for our kids,” Mr. Bolden said. “‘We should look and make it a reality.

“What we have there today is his dream and his vision,” Mr. Bolden said. “[By] naming it the Joseph V. Regano Center, you’ll be able to see his name forever along Route 91.”

There will be a special dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 for members of the community, staff, former administrators, city officials and Mr. Regano’s family.

“He is so missed and loved, and this is a great way to honor him,” Mr. Bolden said.

“Joe is smiling down,” Board President Julie Glavin added, noting this is only the third time in the school’s history that the board has named a building in someone’s honor.

The district’s other two schools named for revered Solon educators are Grace L. Roxbury Elementary School and Dorothy E. Lewis Elementary School.

“We are proud to designate this lasting tribute to his memory,” Mrs. Glavin said. “He was an exceptional administrator, and even more importantly, he was a gifted educator, loyal friend and an outstanding human being. We were all privileged to work with him as a colleague and a friend.

“Joe believed strongly in the district’s mission to focus on the needs of every child, every day, creating an educational pathway for all students to follow from their first day in a Solon classroom through graduation,” Mrs. Glavin continued. “His vision was that the Early Learning Center would be the gateway to that important journey. Joe Regano represented the heart and soul of the Solon Schools for 35 years and that legacy will now continue.”

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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