Put-in-Bay Class of 2020 Receives Delayed Graduation

Put in Bay Class of 2020Put-in-Bay School Class of 2020 Commencement was held at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial at 6:30pm on Friday evening.  COVID-19 circumstances changed the academic year and necessitated a delayed celebration.  Graduates Joseph Byrnes, Cecilia Glauser, Carin Kirsch, Alexandra Knauer, Hannah Lentz, and Morgan Stacy received a Put in Bay Class of 2020multitude of scholarships.  Keynote speaker Ms. Sandra Brausch was not able to attend; however, Board of Education member John Domer read her address to the audience.

School Superintendent/Principal Steve Poe recognized the Eighth-Grade Class promotion to high school.  The Freshman Class includes April Baca-Regalado, Joseph Blumensaadt, Hope Cooks, Elora Hubner, Emil Michael, Lyla Steidl, and Eleanor Kostura. Mr. Poe also announced the Seniors’ future plans.

Put in Bay Class of 2020The valedictory address was given by Alexandra Knauer; the class salutatory address was given by Joseph Byrnes.  In closing, Seniors moved their tassels and the Junior Class led the singing of the Alma Mater.Put in Bay Class of 2020

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Put in Bay Class of 2020Face masks and seating limited to family members clearly indicated the state of affairs in 2020.


Put-in-Bay School Prevails Amidst COVID-19 Challenges

Put in BayPut-in-Bay School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent

Congratulations to the graduates of 2020!  Though their graduation ceremony is postponed till June 18 due to the Perry Monument closure, we celebrated their accomplishments with a parade on the date they were supposed to graduate, May 29.

The graduates, dressed in their caps and gowns, viewed the parade from DeRivera Park as people drove by with signs and noise makers.  It was exciting and emotional to see our island community come out and support the Class of 2020.  Alexandra Knauer, Cecilia Glauser, Joseph Byrnes, Hannah Lentz, Morgan Stacy, and Carin Kirsch will forever be remembered as the graduating class that had their school year cut short by the coronavirus.  Not only was their school year cut short, this class missed out on their senior class trip to Hawaii, their prom, and all the fun classroom activities that come at the end of the year.

Each of our graduates looks forward to a bright future:

Alexandra Knauer:  “In the fall I will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  I plan to major in biochemistry and minor in molecular biology.  After I receive my degree I plan to pursue a career as a research scientist.”

Cecilia Glauser:  “I plan on attending Bowling Green State University in the fall. I am majoring in early childhood education and after college I plan to work in a daycare or school setting. I may even apply for the Teach for America program where I would work with children in low income areas.”

Joseph Byrnes:  “I will be attending Miami University in the fall to pursue a degree in Political Science.  I look forward to a future of activism and hope to participate in future political campaigns.”

Hannah Lentz:  “My plans after graduation are to attend Bowling Green State University to major in Accounting and minor in Spanish as well as Aviation management/operations. I also plan to be part of the Air Force ROTC program. I hope one day to be an accountant in the Airforce. I plan to travel the world and assist as many people as I can, as well as our country!”

Morgan Stacy:  “After graduation I will continue my education at the Tiffin Beauty School.  I plan to obtain my esthetician and nail technician licenses.  I wish to own and operate my own beauty spa in the future.”

Carin Kirsch:  “I plan on attending Hocking College to get my certifications in firefighter one and two, as well as my EMT certifications. After that I plan on getting my associates degree in fire science from Purdue University online.”

Put in Bay Class of 2020Graduation Ceremony

Assuming that the Perry Monument will be reopened and the weather cooperates, graduation will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 6:30pm.  Attendance for this event may be limited and the format modified in order to meet the requirements specified by the governor’s office and the health department.  Please check our school’s website for the latest updates.  We would like to thank the staff at the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial for providing the beautiful venue for this event.  We would also like to thank our scholarship donors for providing over $30,000 in local scholarships for our graduates.  A list of scholarships earned by each graduate will be posted next month.

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On April 15, Alexandra Knauer was to be recognized for her academic achievements at the Ottawa County Top Ten Banquet.  However, this event was cancelled.  Alexandra is this year’s Valedictorian and recipient of the Earl Johnson Scholarship.  She is the daughter of Doug and Elizabeth Knauer.  Congratulations Alex!

Cecilia Glauser was scheduled to receive the “Nine-to-Five” award on May 1.  That, too, was cancelled.  Cecilia was among students from the six other schools demonstrating exceptional improvement from last September, the ninth month, to May, the fifth month; hence, “nine-to-five” award.  Cecilia is the daughter of John and Robin Glauser, long-time residents on Middle Bass Island.  Congratulations Cecilia!

Joseph Byrnes is this year’s senior class Salutatorian.  He will deliver the Salutatorian address at graduation on June 18.  Joe is the son of Mike and Susan Byrnes.  Good job, Joe!

Our 2020 Buckeye Girls State representative this year is junior, Lucille Schneider. Lucille is the daughter of John and Kathryn Schneider.  Students interested in attending Buckeye Girls State submit an essay expressing interest in the program. Buckeye Girls State is designed to educate Ohio’s young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. Students learn about City, County and State Government.  Congratulations to Lucille in representing Put-in-Bay School.  Girls State is usually held at the University of Mount Union, however, the session is cancelled this year due to Covid and the health and safety of all attendees.

The Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program is for students to realize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.  Students attend a seminar in the summer where they participate in leadership skills opportunities.  The 2020 sophomore student representative is Kate Byrnes. Kate is the daughter of Michael and Susan Byrnes. HOBY is typically held at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. This opportunity will now be held virtually in June.   Congratulations Kate.

The Put-in-Bay School family would like to wish long-time custodian Karen Riddle all the best as she officially retires at the end of this month.  Finally, she will have a winter when she isn’t at the school at 5:30am shoveling snow and salting sidewalks!  Enjoy your retirement, Karen!   Replacing Mrs. Riddle in a custodial/maintenance capacity will be island resident, Patrick Green.   Welcome to the family, Patrick.

Please mark your calendars for the 2020-2021 School Year:
  • Monday, August 31 – First Day of School
  • Friday, September 4 – Early Dismissal
  • Monday, September 7 – No School, Labor Day
  • Monday, October 19 – No School, Appointment Day
  • November 25 – 27 – No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 4 – No School, Great Lakes Islands Tournament, TBD
  • December 19 – Jan 3 – No School, Christmas Break
  • February 19 – 28           – No School, Winter Break
  • April 2 – 6                     – No School, Easter Break
  • Thursday, May 27 – Early Dismissal – Last Day of School
  • Friday, May 28 – Graduation

We do not know what school will look like next year.  The only thing we can predict is that we will need to be patient and flexible.  We have formed a committee that will meet throughout the summer to adjust, modify, and plan for the 2020-21 school year:

Transition Committee – Position / Perspective

Steve Poe    Superintendent / Principal  —  Health and Safety, Overall School Operations

Karen Goaziou   Board of Education Vice-President  —  Health and Safety

Debbie Bianchi   Elementary Teacher  —  Health and Safety

Craig Schuffenecker   High School Teacher  —  Extra-curricular Activities & Athletics

Carol Cerny   K thru 12 Teacher  —  Technology

Margie Warnicke   Guidance Counselor  —  Scheduling

Suzanne Kostura  Parent of Children in School  —  Parental Issues

Join the PANTHER PRIDE 2020 Celebration

Celebrate the Class of 2020 . . . Island Style!

Decorate your cars and join the Bass Islands Community on Friday, May 29th, for a community parade celebrating the Class of 2020. The parade begins at Put-in-Bay School and proceeds downtown and around DeRivera Park, where the Seniors will be stationed in designated locations with their families. The school administration asks everyone in the community to line-up for the parade at the school by 3:10pm so that it may begin at  Put in Bay School3:21–the official ending of the school day.

While signs and noisemakers will be available at the school, all are encouraged to show their Panther Pride and spirit by decorating their vehicles!  The staff and faculty look forward to seeing family, friends and community members to help recognize  the Senior Class:  Joseph Byrnes, Cecilia Glauser, Carin Kirsch, Alexandra Knauer, Hannah Lentz, and Morgan Stacy.

Pending any statewide restrictions, this event will take place on May 29th. Any updates or changes will be posted on the school website.

Put-in-Bay School Ends Academic Year with Uncertainty

Put in Bay SchoolSchool News – by Superintendent Steve Poe

Last month was ‘the month of uncertainty.’  We did not know if / when governor Mike DeWine would reopen schools.  On April 20, the announcement was made.  Schools would remain closed for the remainder of the year.  Our focus this year is to finish strong!  Teachers will continue to communicate with parents and students via e-mail, “Zoom” meetings, phone calls, and text messages.  Students will continue to pick-up/drop-off assignments at the school and/or complete lessons over the internet.   Our students have done an outstanding job with remote instruction and we couldn’t be more proud!

Photos courtesy Put-in-Bay School

The month of May could prove to be just as ‘uncertain’ as April.  As of April 23, we were not sure how we would proceed with graduation.  The Perry Monument is closed till June 13, there remains a limit to the number of people attending events such as graduations, and many people are anxious about being out in public.  The only thing we know for sure is that graduation will be postponed to a later date. Everyone, rightfully, feels sorry for the class of 2020.   They will miss their senior class trip to Hawaii, not have their traditional Jr./Sr. Dinner, nor their high school prom.  When we do announce the details of this year’s graduation, we encourage everyone on the island to show their support for this class.  We will plan a parade around the island and through town for people to display signs and noise makers.  The Class of 2020 includes:  Alexandra Knauer, Cecilia Glauser, Joseph Byrnes, Hannah Lentz, Morgan Stacy, and Carin Kirsch.

Details about graduation will be posted on our school website when they become available.  Next year’s school calendar, along with a job description for a school custodian/maintenance position have recently been posted.  Please refer to:  www.put-in-bay.k12.oh.us for the latest school information.

The first week of May is “Teacher Appreciation Month.”  When you have a chance, maybe let a teacher know you appreciate all they have done during these challenging times.

Put-in-Bay School Position Available


Head Custodian / Maintenance

Put-in-Bay Local School

Job Description:

  • Schedules summer and holiday maintenance plans
  • Follows procedures for ordering all cleaning products and supplies
  • Snow removal and salting of walkways
  • Cleaning of all restrooms, classrooms, hallways, library, and offices
  • Freight pick-up and delivery to school
  • Painting as assigned
  • Playground maintenance of equipment and garbage removal
  • Some minor landscaping (mulching and trimming)
  • Organize all storage areas
  • Work alongside contractors (heating and cooling, alarm systems, flooring cleaners, etc.) as needed
  • Maintenance and repair of school facilities and equipment
  • Other duties as assigned by the superintendent


  • Physically able to perform duties (heavy lifting, shovel snow, etc.)
  • Strong consideration for someone with minor electrical and plumbing experience
  • In order to ensure adequate response times by this position in the event of emergencies, the holder of this position will be required to reside in the district when school is in session.”

Salary / Benefits / Contract:

  • $18 / hour for custodian duties only; up to an additional $10/hour for person with maintenance experience
  • All Medical Benefits Provided to Teachers/Staff / State Pension Plan / Paid Sick Leave
  • Forty (40) hours / week
  • Vacation Leave with full pay of two weeks, excluding (8) legal holidays

Deadline to Apply:  Friday, May 8

Starting Date:  June 1, 2020

Send cover letter, resume, and three references (with phone numbers) to:

Steve Poe

Superintendent / Principal

Put-in-Bay Local School

P.O. Box 659

Put-in-Bay, Ohio  43456