CONTINENTAL — During its meeting on Wednesday, the Continental Local Schools board of education heard about upcoming changes to the high school curriculum while also handling several personnel and legislative items.
During his junior/high school building report, principal Tim Eding detailed several changes in classes for the 2019-20 school year.
The first change was the moving of high school band to eighth period to allow for a return to “competition” marching starting this summer.
“They’re going to be entering some competitions in the fall,” explained Eding. “In the process we also made the related arts classes more accessible to more kids.”
Eding explained that in prior years that if a junior high student took band and/or choir, the schedule didn’t allow for them to also take art and industrial art classes.
“I’m really excited about this,” said Eding. “It’s going to give the junior high students a chance to take some more of those (classes in the arts).
“We’re really going to beef up our computer technology program too,” added Eding. “(Nathan Schmidt) is working on developing and adding about six courses.”
The courses will be “Computer Apps” courses that include study areas such as Photoshop 1 and 2, Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office.
“The courses will be taken in an online management system,” explained Eding. “That way the students can work at their own pace under his (Schmidt’s) guidance at various times throughout the day.”
Other courses that will be added will be classes in coding and robotics.
Ended Eding: “These are all positive things that we’re going to be able to offer our kids here at Continental.”
In other business, the board:
• congratulated the cast and crew of the spring musical for their hard work and putting on excellent shows.
• learned today is the midterm of the fourth quarter.
• heard about high school class officers planning a “Volley for the Cure” event on April 27 at 11 a.m. The event will feature a volleyball tournament, bake sale, raffles and a chicken dinner. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program.
• discussed prom, which will be held on May 4. Valet parking for the event beings at 5:30 p.m. with the grand march being held at 6 p.m. The dance, which will be held a the Legion Hall will last from 7:30-10 p.m., and the post prom will be held in the high school gym from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
• learned that kindergarten screening is now complete. Fourty-three students have signed up as of Wednesday.
• heard that several elementary school girls again took part in the Girls on the Run program. The program will culminate with a 5K run on May 18 in Toledo.
• heard a financial update from treasurer Katelyn Adams.
• accepted a $100 donation from the Continental eNews to the drama department and an $80 donation from Midwest Sportswear to the boys basketball program.
• held a second reading of updated NEOLA policies.
• learning during the superintendent’s report that busing routes may be changed next year. Superintendent Danny Kissell informed the board that he has a letter that will be sent home sometime this summer explaining any new route changes.
• learned in the Vantage Vocational Career Center report that Vantage currently is seeking a high school director.
• reminded the public that there is no school on Friday in observance of Good Friday. Also reminded the public that make up days will be held today, Monday and Tuesday.
• approved the graduation list.
• okayed an agreement with Oak Haven Residential Care to provide the use of the school’s facility in the event of an emergency at Oak Haven.
• approved partnership with University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) for the College Credit Plus program.
• approved Jessica Swonger and Erin Schmidt (one-year renewal), Candace Meyer and Jenna Warnimont (two year), Brian Badenhop, Emily Fuller, Amanda Gray, Danielle Stalkamp, Damon Schmidt, Nathan Schmidt, Taylor Geckle and Dan Swonger (two-year renewal) and Tony Bidlack (continuing) for certified teaching contracts.
• approved Sarah Goedde, Kelly Tegenkmap, Marrae Prowant, Mary McClure and Maria Martinez to non-certified contracts.
• approved the following supplemental contracts for the 2019-20 school year: Amanda Heil (school play), Dan Swonger (school play, competition band), Jeff Prowant (concessions), Ashley See (color guard), Tia Vogt (seventh-grade volleyball), Brian Stegbauer (boys varsity soccer), Taylor Williamson (high school cheerleading), Eric Maag (boys varsity basketball), Mark Wilson (boys junior varsity basketball), KC Knowles (girls varsity basketball), Cody Etter (junior varsity basketball), Melissa Logan (seventh-grade girls basketball), Melissa Winkle (eighth-grade girls basketball), Daniel Swonger (pep band), Allison Schmidt (varsity volleyball), eighth-grade volleyball), Damon Schmidt (eighth-grade boys basketball), tony Bidlack (varsity girls soccer), Broack Homier (seventh-grade boys basketball) and Brian Badenhop (concessions).
• employed Marie Bidlack for EMIS duties and EMIS training services.
• scheduled the May board meeting for May 23 at 5 p.m.