After being arrested on charges of child molestation on April 22, 3rd grade teacher at Bishop Elementary School, Eugenio Solorio was released from detention because the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office were unable to find sufficient evidence to file a complaint against him.
“Charges against Mr. Solorio have not been dropped.” Inyo County District Attorney, Tom Hardy said. “After his arrest, my office determined that there was not sufficient evidence to file charges at that time; however, the case remains an open, ongoing investigation.”
Solorio will have to play the waiting game as the District Attorney’s Office can elect to prosecute him if they find new evidence that could convict him of molestation.
Hardy added, “Both DA Investigators and officers from the Bishop Police Department are working very hard on the case. Once the investigation is concluded, we will make a final charging decision.”
The Bishop Police Department, who arrested Solorio last week say they are “continuing to investigate the case.”
Time will tell as to whether or not charges will be filed against Eugenio Solorio, however, please remember that an individual is innocent until proven guilty.
NIHD, BUHS DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIP FOR STUDENT HEALTH
By Seth Conners
According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, a budding partnership between Northern Inyo Healthcare District and Bishop Union High School that could give students access to on-campus healthcare took center stage at Wednesday evening’s NIHD’s Board of Directors meeting.
An unexpected offering of thanks from BUHS Football Coach Arnie Palu set the tone for the evening. Speaking during the public comment session of the meeting, Palu offered thanks to the healthcare district and specifically Orthopedic doctors Mark Robinson and Richard Meredick, who for the past several seasons volunteered their time to serve as the team’s sideline doctors during home games.
“This is one of those services that we’ve had for so long that we get a bit complacent about how fortunate we are to have it,” Palu said. “But when we go to other schools and don’t have a sideline doctor, then we realize how great we have it here, so from all of us at Bronco Football, we publicly want to thank Drs. Robinson and Meredick and the District for their support.”
As for on-campus healthcare, NIHD’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, said BUHS and NIHD officials have been discussing an opportunity to develop a program that would place a certified healthcare provider on campus one or two days a week. Students could access the provider throughout those days for state-authorized healthcare issues.
While this already has been discussed at two different BUHS Board of Education meetings, this was the first time it came before the NIHD Board. After the meeting, Dr. Flanigan noted that this was a natural next step. “It is important to get board approval to move from the concept phase to the development phase,” he said.
BUHS Superintendent Barry Simpson told the NIHD Board that the school’s current healthcare clerk can do some things for the students, such as managing diabetes medications and providing First Aid.
“But the idea that we could actually have a healthcare professional on-site where our students can come on their turf and speak to the professional about those things that they are often too afraid or too nervous to talk to anyone else about is an exciting opportunity that we would want to support,” Simpson said.
Simpson noted the school board had made no final decision of any kind on this issue. “This is a big proposition for our community, and we want to do this slowly and make sure our parents are aware of the topics surrounding this idea.”
In an interview following Wednesday’s meeting, Dr. Flanigan said, “NIHD could not be more proud to build upon our mission statement of ‘One Team, One Goal, Your Health.’ Now as we build upon our teamwork with the school district, we gain the opportunity to improve healthcare access to our communities’ adolescents and therefore their health.”
Read With Me needs Volunteers
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra are proud to announce the expansion of Read With Me, a literacy program for select elementary students. Read With Me is designed to: share the joy of reading; foster lifelong readers; support literacy development; and expand students’ home library.
Organizers are currently seeking volunteers in two main capacities to work in each school – Round Valley, Bishop, Big Pine, Independence, and Lone Pine. They need Readers to read aloud one on one with students and a Site Coordinator to work with adult volunteers and school staff. Reading volunteers must enjoy children and reading aloud. Reading sessions will be much like reading a bedtime story to a child: relaxed, informal and fun! It is their hope that volunteers will read with his/her student once or twice per week in half hour sessions. Site coordinators will facilitate communication between ICSOS, school staff and volunteers. They will also assist in scheduling between teachers and volunteers.
For more information, please contact Ilissa Twomey at 760-873-3262 ext. 429 or Sarah Sheehan at 760-920-8762
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Bishop Elementary School’s Back to School Night
It’s Back to School time at Bishop Elementary. School staff and administration are welcoming back parents with a big night Monday, August 17th.
The Kindergarten welcome will kick off the night at 4pm. This is for both Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. The Kinder-Welcome will take place in the Bishop Elementary school quad with presentations by Mrs. Carr, Principal and Dr. Skrotzki, Vice Principal. Following the welcome, teachers will make presentations in their respective rooms. Parents will also meet with the nurse, food services, and transportation department in the BAC. If your child’s last name begins with the letters A-M, you will visit the classroom after the welcome presentation. If your child’s last name begins with N-Z, you will start in the BAC filling out pertinent forms. At roughly 4:30, the two groups will switch.
For Parents of youngsters Grades 1-5 classroom visits will begin at 5pm. 1st grade will begin at 5pm, 2nd and 3rd grade at 5:30, and 4th and 5th grades at 6pm. Classroom presentations will begin promptly at the start time listed. School officials indicate that you will have time to meet and greet with the teacher after the presentation. Stop by the BAC either before or after the classroom presentation to complete your student’s enrollment process.
The Elementary school PTO will be serving hot dogs.
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