Superintendent's Weekly Update - July 23, 2021

Vaccine Clinic - July 28th 4 to 8 pm in the Elementary

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Board Meeting Highlights

The July monthly Board Meeting was held last night. The approvals are below.

Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Report

B. Established petty cash in the amount of $600 for the 2021-2022 school year: Elementary $200,

Junior High, High School, Central Office and Athletics each $100

C. Approved a $10 fee for student drug testing for the 2021-2022 school year

D. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved the resolution and MOU adopting a Calamity Day Alternate Make-Up Plan

B. Approved the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities Agreement for the 2021-2022 school year

C. Approved an agreement between Security Voice, Inc. for a Safe School Helpline

D. Approved the Northwest Ohio ESC agreement for FY22 for Visual Impairment Services

E. Approved the Midwest Regional ESC agreement for FY22 for Visual Impairment Services and/or Orientation and Mobility

F. Approved the NBEC Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy (NOVA) Agreement for FY22

G. Approved the agreement with the Otsego Educators Association

H. Approved the following personnel changes:


Angie Norman, Aide

McKenzie Whiteman, JV Volleyball

Classified Employees’ One-Year Limited Contract for 2021-2022 School Year:

Laurie Limes Music Assistant

Angie Norman Administrative Assistant

Supplemental Contracts for 2021-2022 School Year:

Correct the supplemental contract for: Janelle Moser from 0.5 Head 8th Grade Volleyball to Head 8th Grade Volleyball and Hannah Smoyer from 0.5 Head 8th Grade Volleyball to JV Volleyball

Lisa Austin EMIS

Katrina Baughman Gifted Coordinator

Katrina Baughman CCIP Grants Coordinator

Stephen Bihary PreK Psychology Services

Debbie Bowers Art Competition Advisor

Debbie Bowers H.S. Yearbook Advisor

Rachel Brooker Mentor

Ginger Caris J.H. Yearbook Advisor

Julie Danko Senior Class Advisor – Commencement

Julie Danko Junior Class Advisor

Julie Danko H.S. National Honor Society

Rich Dubler H.S. Instrumental/Solo/Ensemble

Rich Dubler High School Marching Band

Rich Dubler Jazz Band

Rich Dubler Junior High Band

Lauri Dunham Special Needs Testing Coordinator

Erin Funk Mentor

Katie Hildreth J.H. National Honor Society

Nichole Hunsberger Mentor

Lavender Krupp Mentor

Natalie Lambert Mentor

Kristen Laudick J.H. Student Council

Amy Luidhardt Mentor

Jessica Martinez Mentor

Anne Miesle HS Student Council

Kevin O’Shea District Testing Coordinator

Jennifer Rank Art Competition Advisor

Brooke Riley Mentor

Melissa Seeger Mentor

Natasha Zsigray Mentor

LPDC: Rhonda Doren, Molly Duhamel, Bob Furlong

2021-2022 School Year Substitutes:

Mark Adler, Karen Aufdenkamp, Helen Bonnough, Tonya Boyer, Ryan Braucksieck, Scot Bressler, Janet Burg, Linda Chamberlin, Katie Cordova, Victoria Crippen, LeAnna DiFeterici, Tony DiFeterici, Judy Dussel, Elizabeth Eberly, Rebecca Eiben, Jim Fouts, Brad Fuller, Jill Gierhart, Dave Grolle, Anne Henderson, Jeanne Jeffers, Jamie Lewark, Jessica Makowski, Jacquelyn McBride, Doug Michaelis, Angie Norman, Mandy Nusbaum, Anna Reese, Katie Rupert, Kortney Sutter, Randy Tolles, Donna Warren, Amy Williams, Amy Zimmerman

Online Registration

Online Registration: ** REQUIRED FOR ALL K-12 STUDENTS

Final Forms online registration is now open for students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Online registration is a requirement for all parents of new or returning students. This MUST be completed by a parent or guardian. FinalForms is the information the school uses to communicate with parents via email and phone and has to be updated yearly by the parent.

Click on the link below to start your online registration.


If your student has never attended Otsego and is new to the district, you will want to create a "New Account".

If you have a returning student, this is the same email and password that you have used in the past. Once you have logged in, you will see this text box to register for the 2021-2022 school year.

All parents and students must complete the online registration ASAP


Breakfast and Lunch will be provided all summer to any child under the age of 18th. Please see the flyer below for more information. We are asking that you sign up for each date so that we have an estimate of the amount of food that we will need to prepare. We will provide food for 2 weeks at a time. PLEASE SIGN UP. Anyone can request this food. We are happy to provide food to anyone. It is 100% free for EVERYONE. If you have any questions please contact Emilia Bires at ebires@otsegoknights.org





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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!


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Youth Soccer Training Camp: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Junior High Fall Soccer Team: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Coaching Staff

Isaac Puffer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach

Heather Lorenz, Girls Varsity Soccer, Assistant Coach

Kristin Balazs, Jr. High Soccer, Head Coach

Contact Information

Email: otsegoyouthsoccer@gmail.com

Like us @ Otsego Youth Soccer | Facebook

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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.

Togany Fest Disc Golf Tournament

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K-12 Fitted for Success Program

Wood County Dept. of Job and Family Services

K-12 Fitted for Success Program

The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services is now accepting applications for the K-12 Fitted for Success program for the 2021-2022 school year. 500 children who live in Wood County will be provided with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies and new shoes and

socks. Assistance with winter coats may also be provided based upon availability.

Assistance is provided on a first come/first serve basis. Proof of household income, Birth Certificates or other proof of citizenship and Social Security cards for all family members must be provided. Families must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. For a family of 4, this about $4,400 or less in gross income per month. The income amount varies based on family

size. Families do not have to verify school enrollment for this year’s application.

Applications should be received by August 6, 2021 but will be accepted until 500 children are approved. Assistance will be distributed to approved families in August. Interested families may call 419-376-3488 or visit woodcountyjfs.com to request an application to be sent by mail. Applications are also available to print on the website or to pick up at WCDJFS 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Road Bowling

Green. Completed applications may be returned by mail or dropped off at the above address. The agency lobby is open M-F from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and a secure outdoor drop box is available 24/7.

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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