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Osakis School Board names athletic trainer

The Osakis School Board approved a contract with Heartland Orthopedic Specialists as athletic trainer for the three coming school years at its Monday, May 14 regular meeting.

The 2018-19 contract fee is $9,300 less $1,500 for advertising; for 2019-20 $9,400 less $1,500 for advertising; and for the 2020-21 school year is $9,500 less $1,500 for advertising.

The advertising includes one advertisement in the athletic programs and posters. Heartland Orthopedic Specialists will also be allowed to hang a sign in the weight room, and to hang a banner at home athletic contests.

Individual contest programs will list the athletic trainer's name as well as Heartland Orthopedic Specialists.

A history of the athletic training coverage goes back to 2012.

In the 2017-18 school year 932 athletes were served, along with 321 evaluations. Estimated cost for coverage of 76 games last year was $10,640 for time expended, for 114 days. Mileage cost was $1,240.13.

The certified athletic trainer will be present at Osakis High School two days a week for two hours each time, during the academic school year.

Responsibilities for the athletic training room hours and services are spelled out in the contract.

The trainer will cover up to four events in a two week time frame. This includes all home football games in the fall. Winter priority of coverage will be 1. Wrestling; 2. Boys or girls basketball.

Spring coverage will rotate between softball and baseball games. Home track meet will take priority over a home ball game.

Additional coverage requested by the district will be charged at $35 per hour with a three hour minimum.

Other action

In other business the School Board:

• Approved reception of gifts as follows:

$100 for Summer Recreation from Osakis First National Bank;

$500 from Osakis Lions Club for Summer Rec.;

$250 from Stan and Bonnie Schultz for Summer Rec.;

$901.65 from United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties for ECFE.

• Approved Health Partners as the School District's health insurance company for the 2018-19 school year. Supt. Randal Bergquist reported the insurance premium will be up 9 percent next year.