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School board signs superintendent contact

Randy Bergquist

The Osakis School Board made it official at the Monday, April 10, regular meeting and voted 5-0 to sign a three-year contract with Randy Bergquist for the district's superintendent position.

Bergquist was hired in February as interim superintendent following the resignation of Supt. Joe Broderick.

Board member Monika Klimek abstained, stating she had not had time to read over the contract.

Terms of the three-year contract include a salary of $118,000 for the first year, $120,00 the second year, and $123,000 the third year of the contract. Salary for Community Education is included in the base salary.

Terms include 25 days of paid annual vacation, nine paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, use of school vehicle or compensation for his private auto for district business, expenses and professional conferences and meetings.

In other personnel business, the board hired Ryan Maddock as assistant baseball coach at the Master Agreement rate of $875. The board accepted the resignation of Chad Knapp as assistant baseball coach.

Kyle Imdieke was hired as a long-term substitute agriculture teacher for the remainder of this school year, at a rate of $214.25 per day. Supt. Bergquist reported that the requested state variance was approved, and Imdieke is licensed in agriculture for the current school year.

Imdieke was hired as a special education teacher for the 2017-18 school year at a salary of $38,993 as per the Master Agreement.

The resignation of Chris Stroup as social studies teacher, effective at the end of this school year, was approved. Stroup has taught in the Osakis School District for 19 years. The board thanked him for his service and years of coaching.

The board approved non-renewal for DeAnn Schmiesing, who had been a late hire in August 2016 to fill an open position.

Gifts were accepted as follows: Tennis Student Activity Account, $1,000 for uniforms; Baseball Student Activity Account, $251.89 for bats and leg guards; Osakis VFW, $100 for FCCLA program; Lions Club, $700 for summer rec T-shirts; and First National Bank of Osakis, $100 for summer rec T-shirts.

A lease agreement with Head Start for Room 170 in the Early Childhood wing at the school was approved at a total revenue of $6,000, payable in 12 monthly installments of $500 per month from WCMCA, Inc. Head Start of Elbow Lake.

The first reading of the Minnesota School Boards Association policy was read including search of student lockers, desks, personal possessions and student's person; student discipline; student medications; and student surveys. This is part of the School District policy update program.

Approval was given to the Achievement and Integration Revenue 2018 Budget, amounting to $61,450.93.