Superintendent's Weekly Update - June 2, 2021

Otsego Community -

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 by July 1, 2021.

Otsego Job Openings:

Summer and Fall Substitute Grounds Crew - We are looking for someone to work 30-40 hours per week this summer and fall helping mow, landscape, and paint our athletic fields. If you are interested please email me at akoch@otsegoknights.org

Certified Positions:

Junior High/High School Choir Teacher.

Grades 3-5 Intervention Specialist - Must have a K-12 Intervention Specialist License.

Anyone interested and qualified should submit a letter of interest, resume, copy of your current teaching license, and three letters of recommendation on or before June 11, 2021. Please send your information to: Lisa Austin at laustin@otsegoknights.org

Classified Positions:


Recess Monitor 5 days/week - 2.5 hours/day 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Student Aide - 4 days/week - 7 hours/day

Student Aide - 5 days/week - 6.75 hours/day

High School

Student Aide 5 days/week - 6.75 hours/day

Anyone interested should apply in writing to Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at laustin@otsegoknights.org by June 10, 2021. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CLASSIFIED APPLICATION

Adam Koch



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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Board Meeting Highlights

The May monthly Board Meeting was held on May 27th. The highlights are below. The Board of Education Meetings will NOT be live-streamed anymore. The board meetings are held in C145 in the High School. You can enter the commons entrance.

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

6th Grade – Abrie Knight, Ayden Williams; 7th Grade – Leah McCabe, Keegan Mentrek;

8th Grade – Jacinda Hendricks, Kaden Knapp; Freshman – Jacob Guthrie;

Sophomore – Sofia Ellis; Junior – Moira Yaney; Senior – Josie Adams

Recognition of the State Wrestlers

Devin Buchs diploma – Kevin O’Shea

Food Service Update – Emily Bires

Superintendent’s Update – Adam Koch

Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Report

B. Approved the Five Year Forecast with Assumptions for the May 2021 submission

C. Approved the new accounts: 507-9022 ESSER II; 001-9044 PPO Reimbursements

D. Approved LGS Contract

E. Approved FMLA

F. Approved the salary advancement for the 2021-2022 school year

G. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District

H. Revised the Otsego Preschool Handbook- "How do I pay my tuition"

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approval of the membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and

agreement to conduct Otsego athletic programs in accordance with the Constitution, Bylaws,

Regulations, Interpretations, and Decision of the OHSAA for the 2021-2022 school year

B. Approved the FY22 On-Site Technical Services Agreement (Rent-a-Tech) with NWOCA

C. Approved the Technical Services agreement with NBEC per Exhibit 11

D. Approved the Memorandum of Understanding with BGSU and Otsego Schools per Exhibit 12

E. Final reading and approval of the following 2021-2022 Handbooks – Junior High, High School, Athletic Code of Conduct, and Coaches Handbook

F. Approved the following changes in personnel:

Rescind Retirement Resignation:

Dale Bernard, teacher

Retirement Resignation:

Linda Evans, aide, effective end of day May 28, 2021


Patty Kummerer, custodian, effective May 13, 2021

Kortney Sutter, aide, effective August 2021

Brien Sewell, Teacher

Non-renewal of the following employees effective end of 2020-2021 school year:

Jane Alexander, Bonnie Armitage, Donna Baker, Christopher Feather

Non-renewal of Music Assistants effective June 30, 2021:

Janet Burg, Jim George, Nick Krabill, Laurie Limes, Ray Novak

Non-renewal of OES Extended Care Workers effective end of 2020-2021 school year:

Robin Gomer, Becky Hatfield, Michelle Hollar, Denise Richardson, Zion Richardson, Brock Snyder

Summer 2021 OES Extended Care Workers:

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

Brock Snyder, Amy Soto

Summer 2021 Student Workers:

Jason Jones, Logan Zulch

Certified Employees’ One-Year Limited Contracts for 2021-2022 School Year:

Kaitlyn Girona, Kortni Martin, Lauren Miller

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

Continuing: Amanda Eggenton, Lorrie Mayer, Ashley Shepard, Amy Zimmerman (cook)

2 Year Limited: Tonya Boyer, Jill Gierhart, Lezlie Hacker, Deb Null, Amanda Nusbaum, Amy Zimmerman (bus driver)

1 Year Limited: Jane Alexander, Bonnie Armitage, Donna Baker, Christopher Feather, Tim McKenzie

Virtual Student Symposium WInners

In July 2020, Molly Duhamel, 7th-grade science teacher, participated in training by the GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) in conjunction with the University of Toledo on how to use GLOBE’s hydrology protocols to test for water quality. Mrs. Duhamel was able to use this training to teach her students how to test the quality of water. All 7th graders were taught in the classroom how to test for nitrates, phosphates, dissolved oxygen, pH, water transparency, and water temperature. In October, Mrs. Duhamel and her student teacher, Mr. Harvard, met 3 students on a Saturday morning at the dam at Mary Jane Thurston State Park to test the quality of the water. The results were taken back to the classroom to analyze with all of the students. In April, Mrs. Duhamel, Mr. Harvard, and pre-methods student Miss Lumbrezer met 4 students on a Saturday morning at the dam at Mary Jane Thurston State Park to test the quality of the water once again. The results were taken back to the classroom to analyze. During the last week of April, 7th graders worked in groups to create research questions related to water quality. Next, they used data from the GLOBE website to answer their questions.

The group with the best overall presentation was submitted to the Midwest Earth System Science Virtual Student Research Symposium, which was held on May 13, 2021. The group that was chosen to represent Otsego included Ella Kosinski, Gavyn Kovacevic, Leah McCabe, Logan Riddle, and Ayden Schroeder. The Otsego group was chosen as one of the five winners. The prize was $250 worth of testing equipment to be used in the classroom next year.

Congratulations to this fine group of students!

Weston Library Summer Reading Program

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Local Job Openings

Welcome to the Toledo Jeep Production Operator Interest Form! We are very excited to connect with you regarding open production operator positions at the Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Toledo Assembly Complex (TAC), locally known as the "Jeep Plant" where we build the iconic Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator. Please provide your contact information below and a TAC representative will contact you to provide you with more details regarding the open positions and how to apply. We look forward to speaking with you soon! (applicants must be 18 years or older at time of hire)


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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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Girls Basketball Camp

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Punt Pass and Dribble Camp

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Volleyball Mintonette Program - Incoming 4th through 6th graders

The Otsego Volleyball program is excited about our Mintonette volleyball program, for any girl entering 4th-6th grade. This program will consist of four weeks (Mondays & Wednesdays) of participating on a volleyball team, led by a coach, where the focus of instruction will be teaching technical and strategic skills, team building, and the basic fundamentals of volleyball. In addition, teams will have an opportunity to practice their newly learned skills during matches when they compete against another team. The cost of the program will be $75.00/player. Checks can be made out to the Otsego Board of Education with “volleyball” on the memo line.



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.

We are so excited to announce that Black Swamp Conservancy is hosting a drive-in screening of two films that explore our relationship with the land.

Please help us get the word out about this fun and safe event to your family, friends, community, and those in your organization!

When: Thursday, June 17th

Where: Field of Dreams Drive-In Theater, Liberty Center, OH, a short 30-minute drive from Toledo

Time: Gates will open at 8:30 pm; movies begin at dusk

Cost: Free and open to the public

Donations to Black Swamp Conservancy are appreciated and can be made online here.

Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring camp chairs and a portable FM radio if you wish to sit outside your car.

About the films

Farmscape Ecology (26 min) follows a unique research collaborative in New York’s Hudson Valley as they work to discover how farming and wildlife can co-exist and how they can contribute to each other’s success. Directed by Jon Bwermaster.

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (82 min) examines the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of farmer, writer, and activist Wendell Berry. Directed by Laura Dunn; Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman.

Thank you for your help in passing the word along! We look forward to seeing you at the drive-in!

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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