The regular meeting for the Continental School Board was held at 6 pm on November 15, in the administrative office.
The meeting was called to order by Board President Dean Bidlack, who opened the meeting with the Pledge of
Hearing of the Public:
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized as “Artists of the Month”:
Elementary – Anastasia Recker is a first-grade student at Continental Elementary and the daughter of Rachel and
Jacob Recker. Her artwork titled “Egyptian Cat” will be displayed in the administrative office.
Junior High/High School – Mallorie Barnhart is a sophomore at Continental High School and the daughter of Brenette and Dan
Barnhart. Her artwork titled “Lily Pad” will be displayed in the boardroom of the administrative office.
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as “Students of the Month”:
Elementary – Adelae Sherry is a first grader at Continental Elementary and the daughter of Clirissa McMonigal and
Elementary – Sevona Harsh is a fifth grader at Continental Elementary and the daughter of Charity Baugh and
Maurice and Brandy Harsh.
Junior High/High School – Kaitlyn Bidlack is a senior at Continental High School and the daughter of Jessica and Toby Bidlack.
Mrs. Tracy Potts, Elementary Principal reported:
•Grandparents/Grandfriend Day: Thursday, November 16 and Friday, November 17.
•Parent/Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21.
•Our Christmas for Kids campaign is underway. Students are purchasing raffle tickets to raise money.
Thank you to all the groups that donated baskets. The live drive at H & K is November 28 from 10 am – 1 pm
•Countywide Professional Development – Monday, November 21. This is the first countywide training.
We have several teachers and myself doing presentations.
•Our 5th-grade art students participated in the Putnam County Sentinel’s “Kids Design an Ad” program.
The newspaper ads are in this week’s Sentinel.
•Mrs. Eickholt & Mrs. Roney are having a speaker a month come into their Social Studies class. Students
have heard presentations on the following topics: first aid, aerial drone pictures, and military service.
Dec. 1– 2nd quarter midterm
Nov. 20- Nov. 24 – No School for students
Dec. 5 – 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm 3/4 Christmas Program
Dec. 7 – 3rd grade dental check
Dec. 13-15 Candy Cane Lane
Mr. Tim Eding, JH/HS Principal reported:
•Congratulations to those involved with the fall play, The Cafe Mocha Murders.
•A huge thank you to the many local Veterans that participated in our Veterans Day assembly last week,
especially Ed Bidlack in helping to secure our guest speaker, Congressman Bob Latta. After speaking to our
students and guests, Congressman Latta presented an American Flag to the district that has been flown over
the Capitol in Washington DC.
•Today’s reward outing to the Walleye game went well and the students enjoyed it!
•Reminder that parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of next week. We want
to encourage all parents to come and visit with teachers to discuss the progress of their student(s). To sign
up for conferences, please click the link on the website.
•On Monday, Continental teachers will be participating in collaborative professional development with
teachers from around Putnam County. Numerous Continental teachers are presenting at the PD and have
stepped up to lead the collaboration time with content/grade level teachers from around the county.
•We have 61 seventh and eighth graders that qualified for the reward outing to Kalahari on November 29 for
meeting or exceeding the goal in the junior high fundraiser.
•Financial Aid Night for seniors (and their parents) who are considering going to college next year will be on
Wednesday, November 29 at 6 pm.
•The second quarter midterm is December 1.
•The NHS Induction Ceremony will be on December 1 at 1:30 in the auditorium.
•Fall EOC testing (retakes) will be on December 7 & 8.
•The winter band & choir concert is scheduled for December 11 at 7 pm in the auditorium.
•1st semester exams will be before Christmas break on December 19 (even-numbered periods) and
December 20 (odd-numbered periods).
•Congratulations to Mrs. Carol Sullivan, who is retiring after 24 years of service to the school district! She
has previously held positions as a van driver and an aide, but for the last 19 years she has been the building
secretary. Mrs. Sullivan’s professionalism and knowledge will be sorely missed when she retires at the end
of the day on Tuesday, November 21st. On behalf of the hundreds of teachers and staff members as well
as the thousands of students that you have impacted over your career, “Thank you, good luck, and best
wishes as you enter your retirement!”
The Board was updated on the District’s financial report including investments, cash reconciliation, and Board
•Approved the following donations:
$1600 from the Blue and Gold Club for cheer uniforms.
$200 from the Defiance Lions Club to the music department.
$300 from the Sons of the American Legion to the art department.
$58 from Cheryl Grant to the music department.
•Approved a $5,057.58 transfer from 001 General Fund to 006 Cafeteria Fund.
•Approved the five-year forecast presented to the board by Treasurer Larry Kaiser.
•Approved a refund of $25,000 to the John R. Brecht estate at the request of Theresa C. Von Sossan, attorney for the
estate of John R. Brecht, Hopkins, Klausing, Schroeder, and Von Sossan, LLC, per court order from the Common
Pleas Court of Putnam County, Ohio, Probate Division.
•Approved a Memorandum of Agreement for Deposit of Public Funds for First National Bank.
•Approved agreement to use HR Workplace Services for printing and mailing of 1095s.
•Approved the second reading on the following NEOLA policies:
0141.2 Conflict of Interest (Revised)
0164 Notice of Meetings (Revised)
2623.02 Third Grade Reading Guarantee (Revised)
3120.08 Employment of Personnel for Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Activities
4120.08 Employment of Personnel for Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Activities
5113.01 Intra-District Open Enrollment (Revised)
5320 Immunization (Revised)
5330 Use of Medications (Revised)
5330.05 Procurement and Use of Naloxone (Narcan) in Emergency Situations
5337 Care of Students with Active Seizure Disorders (New)
6240 Board of Revision Complaints and Counter Complaining (New)
6423 Use of Credit Cards
6700 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Revised)
7440 Facility Security (Revised)
8120 Volunteers (Revised)
8210 School Calendar (Revised)
8330 Student Records (Revised)
8600 Transportation (Revised)
8650 Transportation by School Van (Revised)
9160 Public Attendance at School Events (Revised)
9211 District Support Organizations (Revised)
9270 Equivalent Education Outside the Schools & Participation in Extra-Curricular
for Students Not Enrolled in the District (Revised)
•The transportation report was heard.
•Superintendent Danny Kissell reviewed the school report card with the Board.
•Robin Etter gave the Vantage Career Center report.
•Approved the November 2023 Putnam County substitute teacher list.
•Approved maternity leave to elementary teacher Sydney Eickholt. Anticipated leave will begin on January 7, 2024;
the return date will be February 20, 2024.
•Accepted the JV Volleyball resignation from Tia Vogt.
•Points of Information:
December 5, Grades K-2 Elementary Christmas Program, 7:00 pm (matinee at 1:30 pm)
December 11, JH/HS Winter Band/Choir Concert, 7:00 pm
December 22, Christmas Break Begins – No School
January 3, Students Return to School
January 12, End of the Second Semester
January 15, Martin Luther King Day – No School
•The next regular Board meeting will be December 20, at 5:30 pm. The meeting adjourned at 7:08 pm.