Continental Local Schools School Board Meeting – May 17, 2022

The regular meeting of the Continental School Board was held at 6:00 p.m. on May 17, 2022 in the administration
Office. The meeting was convened by Chairman of the Board, Dean Bidlack, who opened the meeting with the commitment of

Audience hearing:

Elementary Principal Mrs. Tracy Potts said:
•The elementary school raised over $800 through its Dimes to Make a Difference campaign. All proceeds will be
be donated to Putnam Pet Pals, Putnam County CAP and Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.
• Make a Difference Day (formerly Relay for Life/Field Day) is Tuesday, May 24. The Parents of Pirates Group
will provide inflatables, games and snacks. A committee of teachers will be responsible for providing
activities (face painting, tattoos, nail painting, etc.). All profits will be donated.
•Class lists are complete for the 2022-2023 school year. Students will meet their new teachers on the last day
from school.
• The Academic Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25 May. Congratulations to Becca Sullivan for receiving all
A for elementary career.
•On Friday May 6, all Continental students participated in a Career Day organized by Ms. Erin Schmidt.
Twenty-four adults shared their jobs with the students. Students in grades 4 to 6 were divided into groups of 5 to 6
students and they went around the cafeteria to discover 12 different careers. Kindergarten to Grade 3 students
stayed in their classrooms and discovered four careers. I would like to thank Mrs Schmidt for organizing
the event. I would also like to thank the members of the community for sharing their knowledge with our students.
•Thank you Denali Hiltner and her family for providing ice cream for the whole school.
•Events to come:
May 20, The PBIS Green House will be heading to Grove Skateland on Friday
May 20, guided tour for seniors

Mr. Tim Eding, JH/HS Principal, said:
• Thanks to the Legion family for all their support to the JH/HS teaching staff during Teacher
Appreciation week!
•The graduation ceremony will take place this Sunday at 2.30 pm at HS Gym. Elders are currently working through
exams (today and tomorrow) and have until 3:00 p.m. Thursday to have all the courses, fines, fees and
all other requirements met in order to qualify for the graduation ceremony.
• Graduation rehearsal will be on Friday (this is a requirement for seniors to attend graduation
ceremony). Seniors participate in a “Graduation Tour” at the Elementary at 11:30 a.m., then
they’ll have a quick pizza lunch and a graduation rehearsal in the gym starting at noon.
•Vantage Senior Awards will be held on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Van Wert HS.
•The rest of our students will take their exams on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
•Next Wednesday is the last day of school for students; Thursday is the last day for teachers/staff.
•Last Thursday, JH and HS students participated in our annual Community Service Day. This has
become a tradition to spend time in the spring getting out into the community and doing our part to clean up
things and say “thank you” to the community for all their support. I would like to thank the faculty and
staff for their efforts and special thanks to Damon Schmidt, Allison Schmidt and Nathan Schmidt for
their hard work in planning and conducting this event.
• The ball was a huge success! Thanks to Mrs. Army and the junior class for putting on a great event and
the Legion for donating the use of their hall. The after-ball was also very successful and I would like to thank all
junior parents for their hard work and dedication to providing a safe environment for our students
go out after the dance.
•We held our Academic Awards Assembly last Friday afternoon. The Class of 2022 earned a bit more
$1,248,000 in scholarships, grants and assistance to continue their studies or receive training for their future jobs
and careers.
•I would like to thank the students, parents, teachers and staff for another successful year! It’s hard to believe the
the end of school is approaching. In the hustle and bustle of the year, we sometimes lose sight of all the good things
what our students and staff have accomplished, but as we come to the end of the year and can be a bit more
thoughtful I hope everyone feels as good as I do this year. It was quick, but I think it was a
happy new year for the school and I look forward to building on our successes next year!

Treasurer’s report:
•Approval of a transfer of $1,000 from the General Fund (001) to the Principal’s Fund.
•Approved a transfer of $40,217.13 from the Recreation Fund (013) to the General Recreation Fund (001 9600).
•Approved the five-year forecast.
• Approved the following vote changes:

• Approved the following donations:
$67.00 from Amanda Frisch to the Elementary Principal’s Fund
$100.00 from Sharon Winkle to the Continental Community Scholarship Fund in memory of
Mac and Lillian McKibben
$50.00 from Joni Prowant Swager to the Drama Fund in Memory of Lillian McKibben
$250.00 from Bill and Kay Hoffman to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of
Lillian McKibben
$25.00 from an anonymous donor to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of
Lillian McKibben
$35.00 from Kevin and Denise Doenges to the Continental Memorial Scholarship Fund
by Lillian McKibben
$100.00 from Jeff and Robin Etter to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of
Lillian McKibben
$25.00 from Rob and Karen Miller to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of
Lillian McKibben
$100.00 from Keith and L. Jean Walker to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of
Lillian McKibben
$50.00 from William Myers to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of Lillian
$25.00 from Dorothy Winkle to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of Lillian
$50.00 from Rowdy and Joyce Howell to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of
Lillian McKibben
$15.00 from Darlene Prince to the Continental Scholarship Fund in memory of Lillian

Superintendent’s report:
• Approval of the ice storage project (phase II) with Trane US Inc. (cooperative contract # USC 15-JLP-023),
at a cost of $240,101.
• Approval of a compensation agreement between Continental Local School and Blue Harvest Solar Park, LLC.
• Approved the third reading/adoption of the following NEOLA policies:
–1616 Staff clothing and attire
–2271 College Credit Program Plus
–2370.01 Blended learning
–5511 Clothing and grooming
–5772 Weapons
–6110 Grant funds
–6114 Core Costs – Expenditure of Federal Funds
–6325 Procurement – Grants/Federal Funds
–6423 Use of credit cards
–7217 Weapons
–8210 School calendar
–8500 Foodservice
–8600.4 Bus driver certificate
•Accepted the resignation of Technology Coordinator Keith Schnipke, effective May 31, 2022.
•Maternity leave approved for Ms. Carrie Jo Verhoff.
• Approved Katelyn Adams as Acting Treasurer and assigned her the duties and responsibilities of Treasurer
position, in effect from June 1 to June 30. The hourly wage and benefits were established at the previous month’s meeting.
• Approved Treasurer’s Transition Contract with Larry Kaiser II for time worked between May 18 and June 30, 2022 at a
hourly rate of $36.06 per hour.
• Approval of a 3-year, 260-day limited contract for Treasurer Larry Kaiser II, pending satisfactory background checks,
effective July 1, 2022. Salary and benefits will be as stipulated in the employment contract.
• Employed Kristen Ellerbrock, Kelli Roney and Sharon Siebeneck as summer teachers for students in grades 1-6
(August 4-17, 2022), subject to student registration, at $30.00 per hour.
• Employed Sydney Eickholt as a fifth grade teacher at Stage 0BA for the 2022-2023 school year, pending satisfactory outcome
background check and certification, effective August 18, 2022.
• Issued the following additional contracts for the 2022-2023 school year:
Dalton Bradford, JV Boys Soccer Assistant
Todd Tegenkamp, ​​varsity girls’ basketball assistant
• Non-renewal of the following additional 2021-2022 contracts, at the end of their season:
Jordan Streicher, Sporting Director
Jordan Streicher, baseball
Spencer Ordway, baseball assistant
Leva Aguirre, Girls’ Fast Softball
Alex Quigley, Girls’ Fastpitch Softball Assistant
Chris Warnement, Varsity Boys track
Emily Fuller, college girl track
Tim Fuller, Varsity Track Assistant
Brian Badenhop, Boys JH Track
Hunter Tegenkamp, ​​JH Girls Track
Emily Fuller, Yearbook
Breanne Eickholt, school musical director
Jamie Armey, prom counselor
Brian Badenhop, Senior Class Advisor
Jaime Armey, HS Student Council
Sarah Baughman, Co-Elementary Student Council
Brian Gerdeman, Co-Elementary Student Council
Katie Meyer, FCCLA Advisor
Emily Fuller, National Honor Society Advisor
Chelsea Manon, school bowl
Cliff Koenig, JH Scholastic Bowl Advisor
Gage Hoehne, school musical assistant. Director
Pam Jones, school musical accompanist
• Approved the May 2022 Putnam County Substitute Teacher List, provided by Putnam County ESC.
• Approved salary/benefit amounts for exempt employees.
• Approved summer hours for 12-month employees:

Administrative office: Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Guard staff: Monday to Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• The next regular council meeting is June 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.. at the administrative office.

•The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m.

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