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Osakis School Board OKs hirings

Personnel matters took up a share of the Osakis School Board's regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. board work session. Six people were hired for various positions, three resignations were accepted, and one person was approved for additional hours.

Mike Didier was hired as a school bus driver for four hours a day at $21.19 per hour.

Two assistant cooks were hired, Angela Chermak for four hours per day, and Polly LaForge at 2.75 hours per day, at a rate of $11.31 per hour. Karen Ferris was hired as the point of sale in the lunchroom for 2.75 hours per day at a rate of $16.62 per hour.

Jodi Stotesberg, an assistant cook, was approved for an additional 2.5 hours per day at a rate of $14.90 per hour.

Kristen Will was hired as a speech paraprofessional for 4.58 hours per day at the rate of $11.58 per hour. Diane Waltzing was hired as a special ed. paraprofessional for 6.08 hours per day at a rate of $13.08 per hour.

Resignations from paraprofessionals Lori Ravnik and Grace Guyette were accepted, as was the resignation of Ryan Maddock as junior high girls basketball coach.

Bobbi Jo Haakinson was approved for a leave of absence.

Other business

In other business, the School Board discussed World's Best Workforce, CMETS, Runestone Ed. District, and committee reports.

High School Principal Tim Roggenbuck reported that the opening of school was going well. A lot of people attended open house, and Renaissance winners were announced on the first day of school. Juniors and seniors who have a B average have been granted the open lounge responsibility, and that is going well.

Changes have been made in the lunchroom, and the price of soup has been lowered to 25 cents. Students may also purchase a second entree in the lunchroom on a strictly $2 cash basis.

Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt reported the first week of school went well, and the new Chromebooks are going well.

A gift of $300 from the VFW Post 7902 was received for the Mad Dash event held during Moonshine Madness in Osakis.

During the 5:30 p.m. work session, the board discussed the graduation date, and start of school date for the 2018 school year. Before a decision is made, Roggenbuck will survey the senior class for their input on the possibility of moving graduation to Memorial Day weekend. A report will be given to the School Board at its Oct. 9 meeting.