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High school principal set to retire

Tim Roggenbuck

After more than 20 years in the Osakis School District, Tim Roggenbuck, high school principal, is retiring. His retirement was made official at the Monday, March 11 school board meeting when his resignation was approved.

"When I was hired, I said Osakis would be my home and it did become my home," said Roggenbuck. "Osakis was a great school for my family, my kids."

Superintendent Randy Bergquist, along with the school board members, all thanked Roggenbuck for his years of service.

"We wish you the best of luck," Bergquist said.

Board member Tom Grundman said Roggenbuck has been "the face" of the Osakis High School for years and years and has done a great job.

Shad Schmidt, elementary principal, said, "You gave me a chance when I was hired and there has been no better person to work for. Thanks for all you have done."

After thanking him again, school board member Mike Collins said, "You and your kids brought a lot to this school. You have served us well and we thank you."

And although he may be retiring from his principal duties, he is not retiring from coaching. At the meeting, Roggenbuck, along with Pat Ryan, were hired as the assistant junior high track coaches. They will be sharing the coaching duties with Brad Hoffrath and Rebecca Macey.

His last day as principal will be at the end of this school year.

Calendar approved

The 2019-20 school calendar was approved at Monday night's meeting. Bergquist highlighted some of the dates, including graduation for next year, which will take place Friday, May 22, 2020, at 7 p.m.

He also noted that there are 172 student contact days built into the calendar and that the days were balanced between each semester. There are four quarters within each semester and they have between 41 and 45 days, making it so each semester has 86 days.

Bergquist said he likes to plan periodic breaks throughout the year, whether it's a couple days making for a long weekend or a full week. Students will have time off for MEA, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break as well as a few other holidays and workshop days.

There are seven make-up days planned into next year's school calendar, including four flex/e-learning days. Bergquist said the district has up to five days for flex/e-learning that can be added to a school calendar. The 2017 Legislature amended the length of school year to include an option of schools using e-learning days due to inclement weather.

Bergquist said the district didn't plan for or add any for the 2018-19 school year, but wanted to add some for next year just in case.

There are rules the district has to abide by, such as plans for how the e-learning days would be spent have to be approved by the school board in an open meeting and communicated to families at the beginning of the school year, according to the Minnesota Department of Education website.

Elementary archery

In his report, Schmidt notified the school board that the archery equipment arrived and the elementary school will be offering a free archery program to students in grades 4-6 after school this coming fall. The school received a grant to purchase the equipment, he said.

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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