Over the last 30 years, the total number of miles driven by school bus drivers in the Osakis School District increased from 167,210 to 233,536. At the Monday, Aug. 12 school board meeting, Superintendent Randy Bergquist provided a transportation update to school board members.

Bergquist gave detailed information about bus costs, including an average cost per student and average cost per mile during the 2018-2019 school year. The total mileage for the year for all routes — regular routes, extra curricular, field trips, special education transportation, summer recreation and summer school, among others — was 233,536 miles.

Regular routes accounted for more than half the total mileage with its 132,646 miles traveled by the district's 14 buses. Extra curricular miles were 16,578 for the buses and 11,629 miles on the district's four vans that is also uses, for a total of 28,207 miles. Field trips accounted for 9,852 miles on the buses and 4,568 on the vans for a total of 14,420 miles. The vans were also used for 38,373 miles dedicated to special education use. In all, the 14 buses were driven a total of 170,043 miles for the school year and the four vans were driven a total of 63,493 miles

Here's a look at what made up the nearly $600,000 bus costs for last school year:

  • To and from (this includes such items as mechanic work, uniforms, gas, diesel, maintenance, tires, heat and insurance): $284,251.40
  • Summer school: $3,200.94
  • Between school: $5,088.10
  • Extra curricular: $41,564.57
  • Handicapped: $50,163.68
  • New bus: $90,684.05
  • Salaries: $124,927.13

When you take the total cost for "to and from" and average that out with the miles driven, the cost to the district per mile was about $1.22, said Bergquist. The average cost per student calculated out to almost $214 with a total of 736 students being transported to and from, he said.

There was no action taken on the bus information.

Action items

The school board approved the following items:

  • Hiring Jim Bailey as a bus driver.
  • Hiring Alison Triebenbach as head cross country coach.
  • Hiring Elizabeth Dahlheimer as ADSIS Academic Interventionist.
  • Hiring Joey Andreasen as junior high football coach.
  • Hiring Chris Grove as assistant cross country coach.
  • Long-term facilities maintenance 10-year plan.
  • Lease agreement with WCMCA for Head Start.
  • Lakes County Services Cooperative agreement.
  • Keeping the athletic admissions and activity prices the same as last year.
  • Awarding the fuel bid to Deluxe Oil.
  • Setting a second school board meeting date for September. The meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 a.m.
  • Setting the November school board meeting to Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Setting the date for the Truth in Taxation meeting for Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:45 p.m.