Superintendent's Weekly Update - October 23rd

Otsego Community -

We finished our 1st quarter! We are extremely pleased with how the 1st quarter went. We really want things to continue. Please continue to practice safety protocols at home and in your social life. We want to go to school ALL year! Cases around Ohio and throughout the US are increasing rapidly. Thankfully, the Otsego community is not experiencing this and it is allowing us to continue to go to school 5 days a week and continue our extracurriculars. Thank you, Otsego!!


Otsego Football Playoff Game: Kickoff is at 7 pm tonight and will be LIVE STREAMED HERE

Latest News from the Wood County Health Department: 10/19/20

We all want to move past COVID-19 and get back to normal life. It will take an ongoing commitment by all of us to get there, and there’s reason to have hope because we know what works.

  • There’s still a high incidence of cases in Wood County, but our numbers have fallen over the last few weeks.

Last Thursday (Oct. 15), the Ohio Department of Health listed Wood County at 123.1 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks. That was down from 175.1 on Oct. 8, and 189.6 on Oct. 1.

  • Cases and hospitalizations have been increasing across Ohio, so even if we see numbers go back up, we will all need to focus on what we can control. We’ve learned a lot about how to effectively reduce the spread of the virus:

Wearing a mask around anyone you don’t live with
Keeping distance from others, even if you’re wearing a mask
Staying home if you think you might be sick
Avoiding gatherings, especially if they’re with more than 10 people, at indoor locations, or anywhere it becomes difficult to maintain distance

  • Keep yourself healthy with a regular routine, including getting enough sleep, taking breaks from work, connecting with coworkers, family, and friends, and doing things you enjoy.

  • Remind yourself that you are not alone. Even when we’re social distancing, we all have a role to play in fighting this pandemic. We’re all going through an unusual situation and having to adapt.

  • Help keep COVID-19 at bay over the next few weeks by following our safe Halloween guidelines:

  • If you go trick or treating:

Avoid having children select their own treats from a bowl or common container.

Limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far as possible from anyone you don’t live with. Celebrate Halloween in your own community, and don’t visit other areas.

Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes, and allow children to eat only factory-wrapped

treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.

Base your costume around a cloth mask, not a costume mask.

  • If trick-or-treaters come to your home:

Make it contactless. Place treats or individual goodie bags on your porch, steps or a table in the driveway, or hang treats from a wall or fence.

Greet trick-or-treaters from behind a storm door or window.

Use creative decorations to create a buffer on your porch.

  • If you go to a Halloween gathering:

Don’t go if you feel sick at all, or if more than 10 people will be there. Check your temperature before you leave the house and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Bring your own food and drink, and avoid potluck or family-style meals.

Wear a face covering, bring hand sanitizer, and keep your distance from people who are not part of your household.

You can help lessen the potential strain on our community’s health care system this fall and winter by getting a flu shot by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine means you’re less likely to get sick or spread flu viruses to others.

  • Getting a flu shot helps you and your friends, family, and neighbors stay healthy.
  • Fewer people with the flu means hospitals can more easily treat patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses and emergencies.
  • Getting a flu shot doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, but it helps. Just like wearing a helmet or seat belt helps keep you safer if you’re in an accident.
  • Flu vaccines reduce the chances you’ll get flu, and if you do get sick, they can make your illness less severe.

Trick or Treat in the Otsego Community:

Please be safe and practice all of the guidelines from the State of Ohio.


Grand Rapids: October 31st from 5 to 7 pm

Haskins: October 31st from 5 to 7 pm

Tontogany: October 31st from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Weston: October 31st from 6 to 7:30 pm

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Quarantined: If a student or staff member has been in close contact with another individual that tests positive for COVID-19 the student will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of close contact. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of the positive individual. The quarantine may end only after 14 days if the student/staff member was symptom-free the entire time.

Isolated: If a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 they are to isolate at home for 10 days since the symptoms first appeared. The student or staff member may return when there have been 10 days since symptoms began, no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and COVID-19 symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.

Contact Tracing: We will contact trace through multiple means. We will start with all of our seating charts in classrooms and on the bus. We will also check to see what extracurriculars the students are involved in. We will also be directly communicating with the students to get a detail of their day. The contact tracing will start two days prior to a student having symptoms. For example, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 and symptoms appear on a Wednesday, we will contact trace and determine if any individual had close contact (within 6 ft. for more than 15 minutes) on Monday or Tuesday of that week.

Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS: Monday, November 2nd

Food pick up is Monday, November 2nd from 4-5 pm. Please make sure you are there if you signed up for food and please note the change in time. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP Please sign up by October 28th. This is for online students only. Please only sign up if your kids are at home full-time. We would love to serve 100% of our students online with breakfast and lunch.

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.

Veteran's Day Assembly - Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a program and breakfast for our local veterans and community members. We will definitely continue this tradition when it is safe to do so in the building. I hope this is next year!


We were able to secure a grant to purchase Chromebooks with internet built-in until December 31st. We have a limited supply and available for our students.

1. If you are an online student taking all classes online and have trouble connecting to the internet either because of a weak signal at home or do not have the internet at home please email me and I will get you set up with this Chromebook.

2. If you are a student in grades 6-12 and do not have reliable internet we can swap your Chromebook out until December 31st and you should have reliable internet.

This is an extremely limited timeline grant. I am sorry that the free internet Chromebooks are only able to be used until December 31st.

Please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org and I will connect with you ASAP to get you this Chromebook.

Adam Koch


Board Meeting Highlights

Informational Items

Recognition of Otsego Junior High and High School Students of the Month for October:

6th Grade – Katie Bonnough, Malachi May; 7th Grade – Heavenly Richmond, Braylon Ball; 8th Grade – Mackenzi Parasiliti, Benjamin Nusbaum; Freshman – Jacey Madden; Sophomore – Emma Kasza; Junior – Nicolas Close; Senior – Matthew Snyder

Presentation of the National Association of Biology Teacher of the Year Award to Bob Furlong by Chris Monsour, Chairman of NABT

Otsego Local Schools Update – Adam Koch

Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Reports

B. Approved the new Funds 507-9021 – ESSER Fund; 300-9261 – Elementary Book Fair

C. Approved the FMLA report

D. Approved the salary advancement for Alix Brahaney from Bachelors to Bachelors +150

E. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved the Band trip to Orlando, Florida on June 1-4, 2021 pending it is safe to do so.

B. Approved the Bowling Club and Rich Dubler as an advisor

C. Approved the Indoor Track Club and coaches, Vince Falk, Chad McClory, Shaun Downey, and Laura Rohrs

D. Approved the NEOLA Policy revisions

E. Approved a Spanish Trip to Mexico for the Summer of 2022

F. Approved the following changes in personnel:


Jim George, Music Assistant, effective 10/13/2020

Meghan Ingle, Aide, effective end of day 10/23/2020

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

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

Amanda Nusbaum Aide, effective 10/5/2020

Jill Gierhart Aide, effective 10/26/20

2020-2021 School Year Supplementals:

Scott Bernthisel 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball

Jim Bostdorff Varsity Boys’ Basketball

Scott Bylow Assistant Varsity Wrestling (60%)

Ginger Caris 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball

Steve Carroll Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball (volunteer)

Brandon Floro 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball

Joe Gerwin Varsity Wrestling

Patrick Hackney Freshman Boys’ Basketball

Stevan Jechura Creative Writing/Speech and Debate Club

Nathan Luce JV Boys’ Basketball

Lexie Rieger 7th Grade Girls’ Basketball

Trent Soto Head JH Wrestling

Andrew Willford JV Girls’ Basketball

2020-2021 School Year Substitutes:

Brad Fuller

2020-2021 School Year Volunteers:

Bill Gerwin

Haley Macielewicz

Junior High - Lend a hand, Give a can Campaign

Hello, Otsego Community. 7th period Kao’s class is doing a fundraiser for canned food starting Red Ribbon week and the week after. If you would like to participate, please, drop off canned food/dog food to the Junior High Office. Please label how many cans you have either on a sticky note or on your bag. Our goal that we are trying to reach is 400 cans for human food and 100 cans for animal food. You could bring dog food, cat food, or any canned food. Thank you! Let’s End Hunger together!

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Eagle Scout Project Donation

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Dear Otsego Community,

As a member of Boy Scout Troop of 347, Tontogany, Ohio, and a sophomore at Otsego High School, I am currently pursuing my Eagle Rank. I will be building a batting cage for the Tontogany Legion Ball Fields. This project will benefit the community by providing a recreational outlet for the youth of the Otsego Local School District communities. Baseball and softball are popular and the need for another batting cage at the field is great. Especially in these difficult times, outside recreation is extremely important. The batting cage will be 60X18. My project is to fundraise and build the batting cage with the help of my troop. The estimated cost for the project is $2,500. Any funds that are donated to this worthy project would be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made in the form of a check to Troop 347, with the Neil Amborski, Eagle Project noted in the memo line. The donation can be mailed to 14016 Cross Creek Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. If you have any questions about the project, please contact me at the e-mail address 23namborski@otsegoknights.org . Thank you for your consideration.


Neil Amborski

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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!


Saturday, October 24

2:20 - Boys XC @ Ottawa Park *District Race

3:00 - Girls XC @ Ottawa Park *District Race

7:00 - V FB (H) Wynford *Playoff Game


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.
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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