Superintendent's Weekly Update - July 31st

Otsego Community -

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy week.

We are still on track as of today to start. There are a lot of changes throughout our state and conditions change rapidly. Please continue to be patient and flexible with us. We also need everyone to be prepared to start the year 5 days, hybrid model, or 100% online. There is a lot of time left before school starts but it is going to fly bye. We have to be prepared for all scenarios.

We are publishing a Frequently Asked Questions for you and can be found HERE. Please read this and there is a spot for you to ask additional questions and we will revise the document or answer you individually.

We are also sending a letter to every single student on Monday that has what their schedule will be if we go to the hybrid model. If we go to this model Monday will be all virtual and your child will be coming to school either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. We just wanted to get this information to you for planning purposes.

Go Knights!


Board of Education Highlights

The Board of Education had their regularly scheduled July meeting on the 23rd. Highlights below.

Treasurer’s Financial Reports / Recommendations

A. Approved the Financial Reports

B. Established petty cash in the amount of $600 for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year

D. Approved the salary advancements

E. Approved all donations to Otsego Local School District

F. Approved the new account - COVID Related Costs; Fund 001-9285

Superintendent Recommendations

A. Approved the Resolution to Delay Implementation of OTES 2.0 Teacher Evaluation System

B. Approved an MOU with OAPSE. Thank you OAPSE Members for delaying a one-time payment this year!

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

D. Approved the Northwest Ohio ESC agreement for FY21 for Visual Impairment Services per

E. Approved the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year

F. Approved the re-opening plan for the 2020-2021 school year

G. Approval and Final Reading of the NEOLA policy revisions

H. Approved the following personnel changes:


Tim Bialecki, 0.5 Freshman Football supplemental, effective 7/16/20

Anne Henderson, aide, effective 8/19/20

Supplemental Contract for 2020-2021:

Lisa Austin EMIS

Katrina Baughman Gifted Coordinator

Katrina Baughman CCIP Grants Coordinator

Stephen Bihary PreK Psychology Services

Rich Dubler High School Marching Band

Elizabeth Gerken 7th Grade Volleyball – 40%

McKenzie Whiteman 7th Grade Volleyball – 60%

LPDC: Rhonda Doren, Molly Duhamel, Bob Furlong

2020-2021 School Year Substitutes:

Mark Adler, Amanda Aranda, Jim Armitage, Karen Aufdenkamp, Randy Ball, Helen Bonnough, Tonya Boyer, Scot Bressler, Janet Burg, Linda Chamberlin, Hope Connell, Katie Cordova, Rachel Coy, LeAnna DiFeterici, Elizabeth Eberly, Rebecca Eiben, Jim Fouts, Jill Gierhart, Dave Grolle, Cindy Harter, Jamie Lewark, Jessica Makowski, Jacquelyn McBride, Angie Norman, Doug Michaelis, Anna Reese, Katie Rupert, Ashley Sautter, Matt Shanahan, Randy Tolles, Amy Williams

2020-2021 School Year Volunteer:

Elena North, Cole Steele

The Board of Education scheduled a special meeting on August 5th at 6 pm. This meeting will be live-streamed on the website.


Thank you for signing up for food this week and coming to get it on campus. The next pick up will be August 11th from Noon to 1 pm. Just pull in the main drive and follow the HS around to the back near the kitchen and the trash compactor. We will be out there waiting. *** We need everyone to sign up by FRIDAY, August 7th



Several organizations are doing mask fundraisers. We normally do not have the same fundraisers but it just so happens we are this time. Pick which one you like the best I guess or buy one from each! Thanks for the support!

The Otsego School Board has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide mask policy. Otsego will be providing one mask for every student and staff member.

In order to better protect our students and staff, it is recommended that your mask is washed after every wear. To reduce how often you have to launder your masks, it may be beneficial to purchase or provide multiple for your students.

There are adult and youth sizes available at all of the places.


The following link will allow you to purchase white background masks in adult sizes only.


The following link will allow you to purchase black background masks in youth and adult sizes, in over the ear or sports style. Please note, the sport style is done through screen printing, and may want to be turned so the design is off center to aid in talking, in addition, the Small/Medium would be the youth size, Large/Xl would be the adult size. The over the ear style is done through sublimation, so the design is fused to the fabric, and there is a sizing chart in the listing to reference.


Both fundraisers provide the option for direct shipments to your home. If you choose to pick up from the HS commons, we will organize a pick up time once all masks styles come in. We will share this time and date through newsletters and social media.



Elementary PTO


Thank you so much for your support.


Online Registration:

Final Forms online registration is now open for students in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year.

All parents and students must complete the online registration by July 1, 2020.

Knights Have Your Back Fundraiser

Dear Valued Community Member,

Every person, family, and business across our Otsego community has experienced a drastic change in our everyday lives due to COVID-19. Many of these changes have brought tremendous hardship and struggle to those in our local community. Due to these circumstances, we are seeing many in our community who need our help more than ever. When we find our local neighbor in trouble, there is no other community that rallies around the need more than Otsego.

Recently, the Knights Have Your Back Organization was awarded a grant from Corteva Agriscience and Pioneer to assist with the needs of those in the Otsego community. Corteva and Pioneer are teaming up with local farmers in the Otsego community to ask our local farmers to contribute a minimum of $100 (equivalent to an estimated one acre of soybean profits) to the Otsego Knights Have Your Back Organization to assist our Otsego students and their family members who are facing financial hardship and simply struggle to purchase needed food supplies. Corteva and Pioneer will match all farmer donations and have started the funds with $2,000.

If your farming operation is compelled to make a donation, all donations can be made to the “Otsego Knights Have Your Back.” Checks can be mailed to Otsego Local Schools at 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, Ste.1, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 in care of “Knights Have Your Back.” A Pioneer representative will follow-up with your operation once your donation is received to provide a special field sign (pictured below) to place in one of your farms to display your commitment to the Otsego Knights Have Your Back Organization.

Thank you for your continued support of our Otsego community!


Corteva Agriscience


Knights Have Your Back

Grand Rapids Arts Council Poetry Contest

Grand Rapids Senior Center Needs Your Help

The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., (WCCOA), as you know, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based here in Bowling Green and serving all of Wood County. The Grand Rapids Area Senior Center is our newest location/senior site on Kellogg Road at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Due to this pandemic, we are currently serving over 900 meals in Wood County to not only our regular HDM clients, but individuals in the communities we serve.

To that end, we are in need of individuals who may be stay-at-home, retired or just looking for a way to give back to their community! If that sounds like you, the WCCOA would like to invite you to assist us in delivering meals in the Grand Rapids community. This would involve picking the meals up at the GR Area Senior Center, delivering in a 13+/- mile area to those individuals needing these meals and doing a wellness check, all while adhering to protective guidelines during this time.

If you are willing and able to help within your community, please contact Jackie Metz, Volunteer Coordinator, at 419-353-5661 for more information or email her at jcmetz@wccoa.net .

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!



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
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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

Food Service Inquiries - Contact Adam Koch - akoch@otsegoknights.org