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Osakis hires new elementary principal

Randal Bergquist will take over as Osakis Elementary principal on July 1. (Contributed photos)1 / 2
New Osakis Principal Randal Bergquist is shown with his wife, Melissa, and children, (back) Carson, 13, (left) Kira, 11, and (front) Miah, 5.2 / 2

Randal Bergquist won’t have a new title next year, but he will have a new location.

Bergquist, the present middle school principal at Melrose schools, has accepted the position of elementary principal at Osakis Public Schools. The Osakis School Board met in special session Wednesday, May 25, to finalize the hiring, and to meet their new principal.

Bergquist will follow in the footsteps of Principal Patrick Ryan, who is retiring June 30, after 27 years of service to the Osakis School District.

In addition to hiring Bergquist, the School Board acted upon several other personnel matters.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with both Osakis students and staff as the elementary principal,” Bergquist commented. “I have heard and seen many positive things about the students, staff, parents, and the Osakis community regarding the importance education plays in the community.

“I believe every student can learn and I will work hard with others to ensure students at Osakis do the best they can.

“My philosophy of education is that people work together, no matter what position they have, to ensure student success. I am looking forward to meeting students, staff, and community members in the near future. Thank you for giving me this opportunity,” Bergquist said.

Bergquist has served as the Melrose Middle School principal and District Assessment coordinator for 10 years. Before moving to Melrose, he was the 6-8 and 9-12 principal at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Schools in Clinton for two years.

He graduated from Moorhead High School, and Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, a Bachelor of Science degree in in social studies, and a Master of Educational Leadership Degree with licensure in K-12 principal, 7-12 teacher and district superintendent.

He served as assistant athletic director (fundraising and promotions) at Minnesota State University Moorhead for two years.

He also has taught social studies in the Moorhead, Lake Park, Barnesville and Fargo, North Dakota public schools.

Bergquist has some basic Spanish speaking and writing, as well as coaching experience with girls basketball, volleyball, football and summer recreation.

He is married to Melissa Bergquist, who is the Osakis High School counselor. They have three children, a son, Carson, 13; and two daughters, Kira, 11; and Miah, 5.


In other action, the School Board:

• Hired Rebecca Macey as junior high volleyball coach per Master Agreement at a salary of $4,439.

• Added 20 days to the contract of Melissa Bergquist, high school counselor, from 140 days to 160 days, at an additional salary of $6,122 for the 2016-17 school year.

• Moved Katie Ferris, kindergarten instructor, from full time teacher to half time teacher at the salary of $20,951.50 for the 2016-17 school year.

Supt. Joe Broderick commented that the fall kindergarten enrollment now stands at 50-51, but if it goes to 55 or more, the job would move back to full time.