Superintendent's Weekly Update - January 29, 2021

Otsego Community -

Vaccines -

We just got word that Wood County will receive our doses of the vaccine the week of February 15th. Otsego will have a VIRTUAL DAY on Friday, February 19th and our staff will receive their first dose of the vaccine. We will send more information out next week, but I wanted to let you know this today so everyone can plan. Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate all of this.


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Important Information from the Wood County Health Department

  • New groups are becoming eligible each week for COVID-19 vaccination during Phase 1B.
    • For eligibility criteria and the state’s projected timeline for each group, go to https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program
    • Vaccine appointments with Wood County Health Department will be posted for scheduling beginning at noon on Fridays.
      • If you will become eligible in the week that follows, you can schedule an appointment for the following Wednesday or later.
      • Each group that becomes eligible will have the opportunity to be served for one full week (Wednesday through the following Tuesday) before the next group becomes eligible.
    • Other local providers are doing their own registration and scheduling. Go to Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org to see current vaccine providers and their contact information.
    • If you would like to speak to someone to schedule an appointment, call 419-352-8402 and choose option 1.
    • We are continuing to serve those who became eligible during Phase 1A. Please fill out this form (https://forms.gle/Lju4xWNgkTzYT2rX7) so we can contact you; do not schedule an appointment.

  • It is great to see a recent decrease in COVID-19 cases, but we all must remain vigilant.
    • You should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing and other public health guidance, even after being vaccinated.

  • Watch out for potential fraud related to COVID-19 response activities such as contact tracing and vaccine distribution.
    • WCHD will not ask for bank account or credit card information, or your social security number.
    • If you have concerns, ask for the caller’s name and phone number, hang up, and call the Health Department at 419-352-8402 to verify their identity.

Vaccine supply continues to be limited

During February, Health Department vaccines will be directed to seniors with barriers to access

BOWLING GREEN — COVID-19 vaccines continue to be a scarce resource for which demand greatly exceeds the local supply. Wood County partners are working together to ensure that all people who are currently eligible to receive vaccines during Ohio’s Phase 1B have opportunities to do so.

Given the limited amount of doses Wood County Health Department is receiving each week, availability for appointments may be limited throughout the next few weeks. The Health Department is working with partners to administer doses through targeted outreach to vulnerable people who are at the greatest risk for severe illness.

Wood County Health Department is working with the Wood County Committee on Aging to identify people eligible during Ohio’s Phase 1B who are at increased risk and face obstacles to accessing vaccines due to limited transportation and other factors. Targeting the Health Department’s doses in this way will help ensure that those who could not otherwise access vaccine are able to receive this protection from COVID-19.

Other Wood County providers will continue to receive vaccine allocations to serve the eligible public. Each local provider handles scheduling and registration differently. Each provider’s contact information will be posted at Vaccine.WoodCountyHealth.org. As the Health Department receives updates from providers on their availability of vaccine, this information will also be provided.

Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS ONLY: Monday, February 8th

Food pick-up is Monday, February 8th from 4-5 pm in the back of the high school near the football stadium. Please make sure you come to pick up the food if you signed up. Please sign up by Wednesday, February 3rd.


Food Service Reminder - Breakfast and Lunches are FREE all year for ALL students. Even if your child packs every day have them try our lunches. We are ok with that. It would be a great opportunity for them to try out our food service program.

Adam Koch


Board of Education Highlights

The Otsego Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday. The highlights are below.

Informational Items:

A. School Board Recognition Month

School Board Recognition Month - I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Otsego Board of Education for their public service to the Otsego Community. I would encourage you to do the same. School board members are citizens whose decisions affect our children — what they learn, who will teach them and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms. These are men and women elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of our schools. It’s a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly.

The staff and students at Otsego are asking all local citizens to take a moment to tell a school board member “thanks for caring about our children’s education.”

Otsego is a great school district and having consistent leadership from our Board of Education is a great benefit. Mark Tolles and Brad Anderson have been board members since 2010, Gordon Digby since 2019, Jessica Mehl since 2020, and Jamie Harter has been serving our school district since 2000! Thank you, Otsego Board of Education! Thank you for caring so deeply about this community!

B. Recognition of Otsego Junior High and High School Students of the Month for January:

6th Grade – Gracie Zsigray, Jack Hartman; 7th Grade – Aubrey Ziviski, Aeron Henderson;

8th Grade – Kiersten Lewark, Thad Timko; Freshman – Evelyn Rider;

Sophomore – Chesney Kuron; Junior – Nate Snyder; Senior – Jade Wheeler

C. Recognition of the 2020 Varsity Football team for their outstanding season and achievements

D. Superintendent Update – Adam Koch

Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Report

B. Increase Appropriation: 587 – From $7,823.48 to $7,836.68; 599 – From $13,744 to $15,486.60; 516 – From $404,287.50 to $431,407.73

C. New Fund – 200-9552 Spanish Club

D. Recommend that next year’s Preschool billing be changed to automatic billing

E. Approve the Annual Membership Dues for OSBA

F. Approve the FMLA

G. Approve all donations to Otsego Local School District

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved the County Service Agreement – Consortium Services for 2021-2022 school year with Wood County ESC

B. Approved the College Credit Plus Partnership Agreement with Owens State Community College for the 2021-2022 school year

C. Approved the following changes in personnel:

Approved the substitute teacher list as submitted by the Wood County ESC

Classified Employees One-Year Limited Contract for 2020-2021:

James George Music Assistant

2020-2021 School Year Supplementals:

Correct the supplemental contract for Scott Bylow, Assistant Varsity Wrestling (60%) to Assistant Varsity Wrestling (80%)

Debbie Archambo Assistant 7th & 8th Grade Track

Dale Bernard 7th & 8th Grade Boys Track

Scott Bernthisel 7th & 8th Grade Girls Track

Dylan Bush Junior Varsity Baseball

Jason Colyer Head Varsity Softball

Shawn Downey Assistant Varsity Track

Vince Falk Head Boys Varsity Track

Carter Genson Assistant Varsity Wrestling (20%)

Chad Gregory Assistant Varsity Softball

Zac Gregory .5 Junior Varsity Softball

Olivia Henderson Assistant 7th & 8th Grade Track

Chad McClory Head Girls Varsity Track

Jeff Peters Assistant Varsity Baseball

Lexie Rieger .5 Junior Varsity Softball

Chase Welker Head Varsity Baseball

2020-2021 School Year Substitutes:

Sadie Helberg, Anne Henderson

Paula VanHorn, long-term substitute teacher

Poetry Contest sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council

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Dimes for Donuts

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Dear Friends, Family, and Acquaintances,

Hello, I am Madeline (Maddie) Berry and I am a senior at Otsego High School. This year I have been gifted the opportunity to run for Students of the Year (SOY) for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). In a brief summary, SOY is a friendly competition among multiple students from various high schools in NW Ohio. The competition is a quick yet strong seven-week fundraiser/campaign from Jan. 21st thru Mar. 12th. I have gathered a multi-generational team of high school students, parents, and family friends whose goal is to raise a large sum of money for patients with leukemia and lymphoma, their families, research as a whole, and to bring more awareness to our community. This campaign has become a large part of my life and has impacted me in only positive ways. I have two inspiring ladies before me, Madison Dzierwa (2019) and Brynne Limes (2020), who have represented Otsego and have paved the way for me to strive and succeed in this campaign.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can be reached at https://www.lls.org for facts, statistics, and other additional information. This website is a great resource/tool to even take a few minutes to look at. LLS has had a great impact in the lives of those who battle various cancers. You can help my team make a substantial difference in their efforts. For example, LLS invests nearly $1.3 billion dollars into cancer research. Personally, I believe there would be no better feeling than to know that I, along with the strong community and people behind me can help this cause that has affected so many over the years.

At the time of my acceptance into the LLS SOY campaign, I did not realize how personal this would become. My family has been greatly impacted with the loss of my aunt and my mother’s sister Angela (Angie) Rankin at the age of 49 due to colon cancer. Cancer as a whole has taken so much away from so many different walks of life in different communities. The loss of my aunt has inspired me even more to participate, fundraise, bring awareness, and excel in the SOY campaign.

I respectfully ask your thoughtful consideration of supporting my team’s campaign with a financial gift/donation that is meaningful to you, your family, and/or your workplace. Your support would mean the world to me and anything you are willing to give is a meaningful gift. To make an online donation, visit my website, https://events.lls.org/noh/ToledoSOY21/mberry. If you wish to donate through the mail, please make your check payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (noting SOY Maddie Berry in the note line) and mail to: 216 Earl North Drive, Haskins, OH, 43525. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. LLS´s Tax ID # is 13-5644916.

Of course, feel free to contact me at 21mberry@otsegoknights.org or 419-270-1072 for any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you for your time and consideration in making an impact with the fight against blood cancers!



Maddie and the rest of the team


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Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Please use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.

Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

These funds are not for routine expenses such as utilities, bills, rent, etc. It is designed for assisting community members in an emergency situation. This can include but is not limited to unforeseen medical expenses, medical-related travel expenses, and household emergencies such as a fire, water leaks, etc. Please keep this in mind when submitting a nomination.

Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!


Otsego Food Pantry

The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.

Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com

Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!


CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Friday, January 29

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK @ Woodmore

5:30 - HS WR @ Lima Central Catholic

Saturday, January 30

9:00 - HS WR @ Lima Central Catholic

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK (H) Patrick Henry

Monday, February 1

4:15 - 7th/8th BBK @ Rossford

5:00 - 7th/8th GBK (H) Lake

Tuesday, February 2

5:00 - 9th/JV/V BBK (H) Lake

Wednesday, February 3

4:15 - 7th/8th GBK (H) Genoa

4:15 - 7th/8th BBK @ Woodmore

6:00 - HS WR @ Bowling Green

Thursday, February 4

5:30 - JV/V GBK (H) Fostoria

Friday, February 5

5:00 - JV/V BBK @ Fostoria

Saturday, February 6

6:00 - JV/V GBK @ Swanton

6:00 - JV/V BBK @ Elmwood

Youth Soccer

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Reminder: Please send me any and all community events that you might know of. I love sharing things in and around our great community. I will start sending out updates every Friday starting the first week of school. If you could email me community events by Thursday evening that would be great. Thank you.

Community Gardens at the Ag. Incubator Foundation

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Questions, Concerns, Comments, or Rumors

I would like to introduce a way for the community to ask the Otsego Team a question, clarify a rumor, address a concern, or comment on anything Otsego. Please use the form below to ask your question. We will answer them throughout the year in this update. Our goal is to be transparent with the Otsego Community and give you another avenue to ask us questions. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email. Thank you!

Click here to submit your question


The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance