The Solon Board of Education announced Nov. 18 that Fred Bolden has been appointed temporary superintendent of the Solon schools.

In a Sept. 11 email, the board informed Solon schools families and staff that Solon schools Superintendent Joseph Regano would be taking a taking a temporary medical leave of absence from the district, effective immediately.

“Although we anticipate his return later this fall, we are unable to share any additional information at this time,” the email said, citing “confidentiality concerns.”

On Nov. 18, the board followed up with another email, stating a resolution appointing Fred Bolden as temporary superintendent had been approved.

Bolden has worked in the district since 1996. He first assumed roles as a classroom teacher and teacher leader.

In 2006, he became principal of Lewis Elementary School, a role he held until 2012, when he joined the central office administration staff as the director of business and personnel.

Bolden was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2016.

“I think Fred will do an excellent job,” Solon Board of Education president John Heckman said. “We needed someone to hit the ground running."

Noting Bolden’s experience puts him in an optimal position to assume the superintendent’s responsibilities for the time being, Heckman said Bolden will also continue in his role as assistant superintendent.

“He’ll be juggling both jobs,” Heckman said.

Asked if Regano will return from medical leave during the 2019-20 school year, Heckman said, “Hopefully.”

“You never know, when someone is out ill, how long that takes,” Heckman added. “I’m always looking on the bright side. I always want people to feel well, do well.”

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