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School food is a hit

Jodi Stotesbery presented a report on the Osakis Schools' food service to the April 8 meeting of the Osakis School Board.

The Osakis district converted over to the A'viands Food Service this school year.

Stotesbery said the menus are on a six-week rotation, and 80 percent of the food is homemade. Two entries are offered every day, plus a la carte for grades 7-12.

"Students will actually try some of the foods we are serving," Stotesbery said.

Serving numbers are up. Breakfast is served to between 75-90 students per day, up from 45-50 previously. Some days more than 100 are served breakfast, she said, noting that Fridays are coffee cake day, and students have actually asked for the recipe so they can make the coffee cake at home.

Homemade pizza is served every day, and is served to all on Fridays.

The a la carte menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, corn dogs, etc., and the a la carte line includes the regular menu.

Lunch numbers are up about 100 over last year, because the a la carte is through the main line now.

"A la carte is actually getting a meal now, which includes fruits and vegetables," Stotesbery said.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist told the board the students can have all the fruits and vegetables they want the first time through the line.

Students observing the board meeting were asked how they liked the new lunch program. High schoolers love the packaged salads and more menu options, and the elementary kids like all the extra food.

Water testing

Bergquist reported that 93 drinking fountains in the school were tested for lead content, and only two had some sort of lead in them. Those two are in back rooms and not used.

"There is no lead in our school. I am really happy about that!" he said.

Elementary principal report

DARE Graduation will be held April 18 at 1:45 p.m. Kindergarten Round Up will be held May 8.

The spring fundraiser raised $4,148.53 for the elementary student fund.

Secondary principal report

Principal Tim Roggenbuck reported on the coming music dates. State music contest is May 4, and the Band Concert is Monday, May 6.

The Osakis Choir received three Superior ratings at the contest in April and tied for Best in Site. This year the choir moved to Category 1 music, which is the most difficult. Only two schools competed in Category 1. The judges praised the Osakis school's rendition of the difficult music.

Seventh and eighth graders will make the annual Valleyfair trip on My 29. This is tied in to grades and behavior, Roggenbuck said.

English MCA testing is complete, and math MCAs will begin in April.

Student report

Megan Peickert, student representative to the School Board, reported the 2019 annual was submitted to the printer. There will be a soft-cover supplement including spring sports sent in the middle of June, to be included in the hard-cover book.

Elana Eckel reported on the CloseUp trip to Washington DC. She also commented that the Osakis students conducted themselves admirably at the recent choir contest. She thanked Mrs. Bergquist for all that she does to help individual students. "She is a life-saver!" she said.

Other action

In other business, the School Board:

• Accepted the resignation of Paul Hartmann as choral/music teacher;

• Hired Nicole Mattfeld as choral/music teacher at Master's Degree Step 3 at $46,433;

• Approved the revised school calendar with the three snow days forgiven;

• Accepted the resignation of Adam Saltmarsh as JV volleyball coach;

• Hired Sam Chisholm as JV volleyball coach;

• Accepted the resignation with thanks of Marvel Sandbakken as paraprofessional;

• Accepted the resignation with thanks of Tina Eberly as English teacher;

• Accepted gifts of $50 from Jim and Sharon Fearing in Memory of Art and Avis Haug; $1,000 scholarship from Lakes Area Professional Woman; $497 for Internet from Arvig; $500 from Greater Alexandria Area AOR, Inc. for scholarship; and Osakis Lions for $500 for Summer Rec.