Enrollment in the Osakis School District is up – at least according to numbers from the first day of school.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist provided school board members with the numbers at the regular school board meeting Monday, Sept. 9.

Totals on Sept. 3, the first day of the 2019-20 school year, there were 847 students – up 10 from the previous year and the highest number since the 2014-15 school year. The most amount of students on the first day of school in the last 11 years was in 2013-14 when the enrollment was at 867.

This does not include preschool for the 3- and 4-old group. Enrollment figures are for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Here’s a look at the first-day enrollment numbers for the past 11 school years:

  • 2009-10: 789

  • 2010-11: 806

  • 2011-12: 825

  • 2012-13: 845

  • 2013-14: 867

  • 2014-15: 841

  • 2015-16: 816

  • 2016-17: 818

  • 2017-18: 813

  • 2018-19: 837

  • 2019-20: 847

Superintendent Randy Bergquist said he thinks it’s great that the enrollment is the highest in six years.

“I think it’s great that our enrollment numbers are the highest in six years,” said Bergquist. “This is a real credit to teachers and staff, and the excellent educational system we have in Osakis.”

Bergquist also noted that the increase in enrollment, along with the hopefully projected funding associated with it will help the rising costs of technology and curriculum that can help to enable students to learn in this ever-changing society.

School board action

At the Sept. 9 meeting, school board members approved the following actions:

  • Resignation from Sarah Meier as elementary music teacher.

  • Resignation from Becky Bosl as a paraprofessional.

  • Resignation from Sue Van Acker as a paraprofessional.

  • Leave of absence for Lynette Erickson.

  • Hiring of Stacy Tenhoof as a paraprofessional.

  • Hiring of Elizabeth Dahlheimer and Jessica Thornbloom as junior class advisors.

  • Hiring of Jay Johnson as a physical education teacher.

  • Hiring of Heather Zollman as a music teacher.

  • Donations from the following – Osakis VFW, $400; Osakis Gridiron Club, $5,300; Donors Choose, $550; Arvig, $515; in honor of Jim Fearing, $100; in honor of Jim and Sharon Fearing, $100; Greater Alexandria AOR, Inc., $500; Osakis after prom fundraiser, $800; and BBB student activity, $1,116.