New personnel hired at public school
Several adjustments in the Osakis Public Schools staff were approved at the regular School Board monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 12.
• DeAnn Schmiesing was hired as a third grade teacher at the salary schedule of $40,933. Schmiesing will replace Jessica Schafer, who has accepted a position in the Alexandria School District for family reasons. She had taught in Osakis for 13 years.
Schmiesing has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, and most recently was employed as the Learning Resource teacher at Woodland Elementary in Alexandria. She has also taught at St. John's-St. Andrew's School in Meire Grove, Holy Cross Catholic School in Pearl Lake, and Holy Family School in Sauk Centre.
• Katie Ferris was hired as a full-time kindergarten teacher for the present school year at a salary of $42,903. This position is as a result of the district adding a third kindergarten section this fall.
• Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach resigned from her full-time K-3 music teacher, and the position was split in two sections. Engfer-Triebenbach was hired back as part-time K-3 music for the current school year at a salary of $9,630. Cindy Roos was hired as part-time K-3 music teacher at a salary of $5,364.60 for the present school year. Roos has experience in the Eagle Valley and Little Falls schools, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada. She served as assistant principal, dean of students, and athletic director in Eagle Valley, Clarissa.
• The resignation of Rebecca Macey as seventh grade volleyball coach was approved, and the Board hired Melissa Bergquist for that position at the master agreement salary of $2,439.
• Allison Triebenbach voluntarily split her coaching salary to allow the hiring of a third coach for cross country. Rebecca Macey was hired as the assistant cross country coach at a salary of $1,219.50.
• Jennifer Dietrich was hired as an elementary special education paraprofessional for up to 5.9 hours a day at the rate of $11.58 per hour. She replaces Lisa Chisholm, who resigned the position after working in the district the past several years. Dietrich serves as the Orange Township clerk, and is self-employed owner of Handicapping Plus, a computerized golf handicap system.