By Roberta Olson,

The Osakis High School annual for 2019-2020 is already in progress, according to a report given by Kyle Koszrewski, yearbook advisor, at the Monday, July 8 Osakis School Board meeting.

Osakis students, Megan Peikert, Hailey Hagedorn, Thomas Van Aker, and Eva Van Aker attended a week-long camp sponsored by Balfour Publishing at Chrome College in Waconia in June, where they picked a theme for next year’s annual and won third place for its design and theme.

The 2018-19 yearbook was the first time Osakis has worked with Balfour, Koszrewski said, and it was a good experience. Previously they had worked with Taylor, which was formerly Jostens.

Savings of $1,800 was made using Balfour, and cost of the book was $38, compared to $50 with Jostens.

This year’s annual was delivered in May, and a 16-page supplement covering the 2019 spring activities will be delivered in August.

Discussion was held with the board on the choices of a summer completed book delivery, or the May delivery with a summer supplement.

No decision has been made on this, as yet.

Work will begin on the 2019-2020 yearbook in August.

Principal reports

Principals Shad Schmidt and Brad Hoffarth reported to the School Board on the updating of the elementary and high school handbooks for the coming school year. Sections on harassment, and on alcohol use and vaping products have been added. Formatting has been updated.

The elementary and high school handbooks are also updated on the district’s website.

Other action

In other action, the School Board:

  • Accepted gifts of $500 from the Osakis VFW for the Europe trip; $4,000 for jerseys and $1,650 for helmets from the Osakis Grid Iron Club.

  • Discussed the topic of the Europe trip to be made next year with Social Studies teacher Matt Hoelscher. Seven students have signed up, and they are busy with fundraisers for the trip expense. More information will be presented to the School Board at a later meeting.

  • Heard a report from Rachel Moe that the FFA students are helping with the care of the community garden located downtown between A.J.’s Restaurant and the chiropractic office. They have spread mulch, and are pulling weeds and watering the gardens.

  • Approved the second reading of the MSBA Policy No. 904 regarding distribution of materials on school district property by non-school persons.

  • Called for fuel bids for the 2019-2020 school year.