Brad Hoffarth, who has been on the Osakis school staff for 25 years, will officially take over his new position as the Osakis High School principal on July 1. However, he has already been part of the meetings and planning sessions leading up to the next school year.

A graduate of Albany High School in 1989, Hoffarth is a native of Avon, Minnesota. He attended St. Cloud State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1993, with a coaching minor. He earned his master's degree in education from the University of St. Mary's in 1998. He will complete his K-12 administration licensure from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in August of 2019.

A familiar face in the Osakis school district and community since 1994, Hoffarth teaches sixth grade and has served as the athletic director since 2007.

Hoffarth's coaching duties included head wrestling coach from 1994-2008; junior high baseball 1994-2001; junior high football 1994-2018; and assistant track coach 2018-2019.

Extra curricular programs begun under Hoffarth's guidance at Osakis include archery, clay target league, cross country running and the student leadership group.

Brad and Gina Hoffarth were married in 1993. She graduated from Brooklyn Center High School in 1990, and St. Cloud State in 1993, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She holds her master's degree in education from the University of St. Mary. She began teaching at Osakis in 1998.

The couple has five daughters. Alexa is a 2019 graduate of NDSU, and is employed as an environmental engineer in Fargo. Karlee is a sophomore at the University of North Dakota. Camryn is a junior at Osakis High School, Larissa an eighth-grader at Osakis; and Bria, a seventh-grader at Osakis.

"As I see it now, my role as high school principal will be to support our staff in all their various positions," commented Hoffarth. "Together, as a staff, we will meet the needs of our students, work with parents, analyze data for increasing student achievement and hold students accountable to doing the best they can, in the classroom and out.

"We need to make our students ready to, not only survive, but thrive in their lives after high school in this ever-changing, financially restrictive, technological society, Hoffarth continued. "Understanding the needs, concerns and issues of our students, emotionally, socially and academically, is essential to student success.

"As the Osakis High School principal, I will be engaged, present and driven to help students and staff alike," he added. "Ensuring we have a safe, healthy and positive learning environment for all is of utmost importance to me."