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School Board canvassing complete

The Osakis School Board will be seating a new member on Jan. 7, 2019, as a result of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 board election. The board canvassed the general election outcome at its Wednesday, Nov. 14 regular meeting.

Incumbents Becky Hensley and Greg Faber were re-elected with 1,047 and 804 votes respectively.

Chris George was the new member elected with a total of 878 votes. George will replace Monika Klimek, who did not run for re-election, on the board.

All three will be sworn in at the Jan. 7, 2019 meeting and each will serve four year terms.

Six names appeared on the ballot. They included Chad Hagen who earned 578 votes; Dirk Hagedon with 482 votes; and Fran Breiter with 402 votes.

Vote results were certified to the county auditor's office.

In other business, the School Board approved changes in personnel as follows:

• Switching music teachers around. Paul Hartmann will now teach grades 5-12, and Sara Meyer will teach K-4 music.

• Added an additional 1.08 hours a day to Skylar Schmidt's paraprofessional schedule.

• Approved a leave of absence for Calista Herzog, LEAP teacher.

• Approved the resignation of Stan Triebenbach as bus driver.

• Hired Chad Schwanke for an additional bus route.

The board also:

• Approved the snow removal bid from Didier Excavating at $250 per hour for two skid loaders; $250 per hour for snow removal using loader and dump truck; with a stipulation there be no vehicles left in the parking lot.

• Approved the annual contract with Horizon Public Health for Early Childhood screening at a rate of $75 per student screened.

• Approved the application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a FORM A grant to offset student activity fees.

• Accepted gifts of $300 from Darrin and Becky Hensley for State Tennis Tournament hotel rooms; $1,000 from Osakis Lions Club for Close Up; and $480 from the Girls basketball Student Activity Fund for practice jerseys.