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School Board reorganizes for new year

The Osakis School Board seated a new member and reorganized for the year 2019 at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the board meeting room.

Chris George, who was elected to the board at the Nov. 6, 2018 election, was sworn into office. George, along with Becky Hensley and Greg Faber, incumbents, were the top vote-getters in that election. Hensley and Faber also took the oath of office.

Hensley was unanimously elected to another term as the board chairperson. Michael Collins was elected vice chair; Genny LeBrun was elected clerk, and Faber was elected treasurer.

In other annual business, the board approved the First National Bank of Osakis, the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund, and the Minnesota Trust as the district depositories.

The Osakis Review was approved as the official newspaper and will continue to publish legal notices for the district.

The board will continue to hold its regular meetings on the second Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the board meeting room.

Board compensation of $65 per meeting for meetings attended in the district was approved. Board members may also receive $65 per meeting for attending out of the district when a claim is turned in. The chairperson will receive $250, and the clerk $200 per year.

Approval of 2019 committee members was tabled to the Feb. 11 meeting.

Preschool option approved

In other action, the School Board:

• Approved the all-day, every-day option for preschool for the coming year by a 5-1 vote.

• Hired Stacey Pullis as a special education para-professional at 5.92 hours per day, at $11.93 per hour.

• Hired Casey Reis at long-term substitute LEAP teacher at $215.90 per day.

• Approved the resignation of Tracy Stigman as elementary secretary.

• Approved a lane change for Calista Herzog from BS+15 to BS+75/MS.

• Approved a lane change for Kyle Kostrzewski from BS to BS+15.

• Approved the resignation of Jim Bridenstine as bus driver with thanks for his service.

• Hired Dan Close as a bus driver for four hours a day at $19.15 per hour.

• Held the second reading of the MSBA Policy #534, and moved the question of unpaid meal changes with addendum to the February meeting.

• Passed a resolution directing Supt. Randy Bergquist to make recommendations for any adjustments in curriculum, programs, and staff for the 2019-2020 school year.

• Received the updated student enrollment count by month for the current school year, which shows January numbers at 842, compared to the first day of school at 837.

• Heard reports from principals Shad Schmidt and Tim Roggenbuck.