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School board officers elected, salaries remain the same

If you plan on attending an Osakis School Board meeting, plan on being there 30 minutes earlier. At the Jan. 8 regular meeting, school board members approved moving the meeting times from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meetings take place on the second Monday of each month.

Also at the meeting, the officers were elected and included the following:

• Chairperson — Becky Hensley.

• Vice chairperson — Michael Collins.

• Clerk — Genny LeBrun.

• Treasurer — Greg Faber.

When it came time to set the board's salary, board members voted unanimously to keep it the same, with Hensley stating, "We're not here for the money; we're here for the kids."

Board members receive $65 per meeting for attending in the district and may also receive $65 per meeting for attending outside the district when a claim is turned in. The chairperson receives an extra $250 annually and the clerk receives an extra $200 annually.

Other actions including naming the Osakis Review as the official newspaper for the district and also approving the district's depositories, which include First National Bank of Osakis, Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund and Minnesota Trust.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist gave an update on the student enrollment, which is holding steady. The district, he said, keeps track of student enrollment for Sept. 1, the first day of school, and then each month following. Here are the total numbers for K-12:

• Sept. 1 — 820

• Sept. 5 — 813

• October — 811

• November — 807

• December — 810

• January — 815

"We're down a total of five students, which isn't bad," said Bergquist.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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