Superintendent's Weekly Update - August 27th

Current Covid-19 Data

As of August 27th, all quarantines and isolations have happened outside of school. I will be presenting the data each week just like I did last year.

If we get a positive case in school any student identified within 3 ft will still be technically considered a close contact but can remain in school and participate in extracurriculars. You will receive a letter similar to last year. Again, the changes in quarantine rules will ALLOW them to remain in school and participate in extracurriculars because of our masking requirement. Last year we quarantined 625 students resulting in over 4,300 days of school missed and over 26,000 lost instructional hours.

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Board Meeting Highlights

Treasurer Recommendations:

A. Approved the Financial Report

B. Approved the FMLA

C. Approved the salary advancements for the 2021-2022 school year

D. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved the transportation agreement

B. Approved the Weston Public Library Board of Trustee

C. Approved the agreement with MAXIM Healthcare Staffing

D. Approved the agreement for the provision of CRC’s School-Based Services

E. Approved the MOU Annual Agreement with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office for 2021-2022 for D.A.R.E./SRO

F. Approved the drug testing agreement with Great Lakes Biomedical

G. Authorized the Superintendent to approve the bus stops for the 2021-2022 school year as submitted to him by the transportation supervisor with authority for the superintendent and/or his designee to adjust the stops as needed.

H. Approved the revision to the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan requiring mask-wearing indoors for all students, staff, and visitors.

I. Approved an agreement for the Fox-Shank Nature Preserve - Otsego students and staff will have access to 16 acres across the street from Otsego for an outdoor learning lab. More details to come!

J. Approved the following changes to personnel:


Linda Ruple, Aide, effective 8/4/2021

Modify Heather Szymanski’s teaching contract to 70%

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

Nicole Bowers Aide

Wendy Hepfinger Aide

Jackie McBride Aide

Toni Reid Cook

Antawon Rivers Aide

Chayce Tussing Aide

Brad Fuller Custodian

Extended Care Contracts for 2021-2022:

Robin Gomer, Becky Hatfield, Michelle Hollar, Rylee Hollar, Denise Richardson, Zion Richardson,

Brock Snyder, Amy Soto

Supplemental Contracts for 2021-2022 School Year:

Rachel Brooker RTI

Rich Dubler Pep Band

Jenn Fallon RTI

Nichole Hunsberger RTI

Kristen Laudick 0.5 JH National Honor Society Advisor

Brynne Limes 7th Grade Volleyball

Amy Luidhardt RTI

Karen Magrum RTI

Megan Miller RTI

Megan Pierce Knights in Shining Armour

Melissa Seeger RTI

Luke Swartz E-Sports Advisor

Jessica Vollmar Knights Have Your Back

Correct the supplemental contracts for the following advisors/coaches:

Katie Hildreth, JH National Honor Society Advisor to 0.5 JH National Honor Society Advisor

Don Smith, 0.9 Head Boys’ Golf to 1.0 Head Boys’ Golf

Kevin Schaublin, .1 Head Boys’ Golf to JV Boys Golf

DLT: Molly Duhamel, Bob Furlong, Pat Hackney, Lavender Krupp, Amy Luidhardt, Karen Magrum,

Jessica Martinez, Brooke Riley, Charlie Spencer

BLT: Rachel Brooker, Kerri Ann Chandler, Jen Clark, Julie Danko, Heidi Feehan, Bob Furlong, Erin Gall, Katie Gregorsok, Ryan Hafner, Andrea Hamrick, Katie Hildreth, Jenelle Kelley, Susan Klink, Kristen Laudick, Natalie Lambert, Nate Luce, Lauren Miller, Andrea Palicka, Brooke Riley, Charlie Spencer, Gina Swartz, Heather Szymanski, Natasha Zsigray

Substitute Teacher Contract for 2021-2022:

Heather Szymanski

2021-2022 School Year Substitutes:

Rikki Jeremy, Shelly Weilnau, Isaac Puffer


Student drop-off and pick-up location is in the FRONT of the HS and JH. Parents, please do not pick up or drop off your child(ren) in the back of the building. The bus parking area is for BUSES ONLY.

A few years ago we made this video. Please take a look at it again as we start the year. JH AND HS Drop off and pick up video tutorial

7th and 8th-grade Football Drop off Wednesday, August - DO NOT DROP THEM OFF AT THE BUS PARKING SPOT.

There will be administrators in the parking lots during the first week of school to help direct traffic as well.

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Knights Have Your Back Fundraiser

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Advertise with Otsego!

Advertise your business here! We are looking for local businesses that would like to advertise with us this year. We are looking for advertisements on our website and newsletters. Our website and newsletters get over 6,000 views per week. The cost is $500 for the year and this will get your link on my newsletter and website for 12 months. This is an affordable way to promote your local business throughout our community. 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
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Wood County Vaccination Information

CLICK HERE to find information about the vaccine and locations throughout Wood County to receive a vaccine.

Food Service

Meals will be FREE all year. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch the entire year. At the JH and HS if your student wants to buy extra meals or ala carte items they can add money to their lunch account just like last year.

Junior High and High School 2021-2022 Lunch Menu

Elementary Lunch Menu 2021-2022

Free and Reduced Application – We still need you to fill out a free and reduced application if you qualify. This is VERY important for a lot of different reasons. There is a very convenient way to fill this out online. https://www.lunchapplication.com/.

Please fill this out if you were free or reduced last year or your circumstances have changed and you think you qualify. If you qualify, you may be allowed to waive other fees throughout the year. It is very important that this gets filled out ASAP.

Otsego and Weston Food Pantry Information

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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All 1st through 6th graders are invited to play in the Little Knights Flag Football League.

The cost (includes T-shirt) is $30 per child, $45 for two children and $55 for three children.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REGISTRATION FORM and return it to the Elementary/JH School Office, along with payment by September 3rd. Checks should be payable to Otsego Local Schools.

All coaches will be varsity football players. You will be notified of your coach at the first practice.

All practices and games will be at the practice or game football fields at the high school on the following dates:


Wednesday, September 8th, 6:00-7:15pm

Games are scheduled on the following dates between 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 11th

Saturday, September 18th

Saturday, September 25th

Saturday, October 2th

Saturday, October 9th

All Little Knights will run out onto the field with the Varsity team at the Otsego vs. Elmwood game on Friday, September 17th. More information to follow.

If you have any questions please email

Matt Dzierwa at mdzierwa@otsegoknights.org or

Scott Bernthisel at sbernthisel@otsegoknights.org or
Lane Gerschutz at sailinwest68@gmail.com

Junior High and High School Athletic Events

Friday, August 27

7:00 - V FB @ Van Buren

Saturday, August 28

9:00 - JH/HS XC @ Norm Bray Inv. (Walsh Park)

10:00 - JV FB (H) Van Buren

11:00 - BS (H) Bowling Green

11:00 - JV/V VB @ Bowling Green

Monday, August 30

4:15 - 7th/8th VB (H) Fostoria

4:30 - GG @ NBC Shootout (Sugar Creek)

5:00 - GS (H) Evergreen

5:00 - 9th Football @ Archbold

Tuesday, August 31

4:30 - 7th VB Black Team (H) Gateway

4:30 - BG @ Wauseon (Ironwood)

5:30 - JV/V VB (H) Woodmore

Wednesday, September 1

4:00 - GG @ NBC Shootout (Birch Run)

4:15 - 7th/8th VB (H) Elmwood

4:30 - 7th/8th XC @ Eastwood

Thursday, September 2

4:15 - BG @ NBC Shootout (Lakeland)

4:30 - 7th Football @ Eastwood

4:30 - 7th/8th VB (H) Swanton

5:00 - BS @ Eastwood

5:00 - GS (H) Eastwood

6:00 - JV/V VB @ Rossford

6:00 - 8th FB @ Eastwood

Friday, September 3

7:00 - V FB @ Liberty Center

Saturday, September 4

10:00 - JV FB @ Eastwood

10:00 - HS XC (H) Otsego Inv. (Mary Jane)

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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


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