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Osakis lists 852 students on opening day of school

The 2017 Osakis School District census, compiled by Bonnie Schultz, was presented to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Dec. 11 regular meeting.

The census shows the number of children from newborns to seniors in high school.

First day enrollment in September 2017 for the elementary totaled 456 pupils, 417 in Osakis Public, and 39 in St. Agnes School.

The total was down 28 from the all-time record-setting year of 2014, when the first day enrollment was 484 in both schools, and down 12 from the previous year.

First day enrollment in Osakis High School for 2017 was 396, including 77 in seventh; 70 in eighth; 74 in ninth; 60 in tenth; 59 in eleventh, and 56 in twelfth grades. This number is up two from the 2016 first day number of 394.

The combined total for all grade levels this year was 852.

The census shows 40 children age 0-1; 62 children age 1; 41 children age 2; 47 children age 3; and 70 children age 4 in the Osakis School District.

There are eight families in the district that are currently home schooling 14 children, the report shows. This does not include any Amish families living in the district. This compares with nine families and 13 students home schooled last year.

Open enrollment makes a big difference to the Osakis school population Supt. Randy Bergquist said. Many students open enroll from other districts — 127 in the elementary and 108 in the high school, for a total of 235 students.

Open enrolled students to Osakis include 62 from Alexandria; 3 from Bertha-Hewitt; 2 from Brainerd; 2 from Little Falls; 69 from Long Prairie/Grey Eagle; 3 from Melrose; 50 from Minnewaska; 1 from Parkers Prairie; and 38 from Sauk Centre.

This compares with 246 last year.

There are also 19 students coming from St. Agnes School for shared time in physical education and computer classes. Twelve of them are open enrolled from other districts. There are also four students who attend for Special Education services.

By contrast, only 44 students open enroll from the Osakis district to surrounding school district, 18 in elementary and 26 in high school. Of that number, 6 are enrolled in Special Education.

In the past seven years, the enrollment at the Osakis Public Schools has topped 800 students, with the peak at 870 in the 2013 school year.