Pat Kalpin will hold a new position of half time teacher, half time activities director in the coming school year, following School Board action on Monday, June 10. The regular board meeting was adjourned to closed session to discuss the AD position, before the unanimous decision was made to hire Kalpin. The activities director position had been held by Brad Hoffarth, who became the new high school principal on July 1.
Summer School will be held at Osakis Public Schools July 22-Aug. 8, for an expected 71 students in grades 1-8. Casey Reis is the director of the program, which involves eight teachers and two teacher aides. Teachers and their assignments are: Casey Reis, first; Gina Wagner, second; Melanie Stier, third; Lisa Olson, 4/5 math; Deann Schmiesing, 4/5 reading; Justin George, 6/7 math and reading; Vicki Hinrichs 1-4 Special Ed. Victoria VanWatermulen is the teacher substitute. Aides are Teri Herzog for Special Education; and Lynette Erikson for general aide.
Health Partners quote of $61,282 for health insurance for the Osakis School District staff was approved by the School Board at its Monday, May 13 regular meeting. Superintendent Randy Bergquist told the board this is a zero increase for the coming year, and the company pledged a cap of 9 percent for the following year. New hires The School Board approved hiring Dylan Kohorst as assistant baseball coach at per Master Agreement amount of $923. Amanda Christianson was hired as the Junior High softball coach at per Master Agreement amount of $2,575.
Osakis High School's college course program resulted in some incredible savings for 2019 graduates continuing on to higher education, according to a report presented by Superintendent Randy Bergquist at the Monday, June 10 regular School Board meeting. A total of 43 of the 57 graduates, 75 percent of the class, earned 2,048 college credits while studying at Osakis High School. Of that number, 1,216 credits were earned during their senior year, and 832 credits during their junior year.
A very preliminary budget for next year was approved by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, June 10 regular meeting. The anticipated revenue of $10,398,015, does not include the 2 percent increase in state aids approved by the Minnesota Legislature in its 2019 session. Local taxes will bring $894,806; state aid $8,136,377, and federal aid $240,119. Superintendent Randy Bergquist told the board the proposed budget includes $90,000 for one new bus.
Two rural Osakis churches with roots going back to the early days of Minnesota history are thriving and growing with the help of their new Intentional Interim Pastor John Douglas Hopper. Pastor Hopper, who lives in Delano and spends weekends at Salem and Sauk Valley Lutheran Churches, was installed on Oct. 21, 2018, to serve a one-year pastorate. He follows in the footsteps of Pastor Steve Hilde, who served the two parishes for 37 years, retiring last spring. Pastor Steve and his wife, Leilin, have moved on to the Twin Cities area to be closer to some of their family.
Pre-school will be offered for the 2019-2020 school year at Osakis, and was approved by the School Board at its Monday, May 13 regular meeting. Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt discussed with the board all the alternatives that were offered to parents, and then recommended the board approve all-day pre-school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. "This allows us to start somewhere with an all-day program," Schmidt said. The Early Childhood Family Education program will also still be offered. A minimum enrollment in the new program will be eight students.
The calendar at Osakis Public Elementary School is full of fun dates for the last two weeks of school, according to the report by Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt to the Osakis School Board on Monday, May 13. The calendar includes field trips and graduations. The dates are as follows: May 14 - Pre-school visits Hemker Zoo, Freeport. May 16 - Fourth grade goes to Battle Point. May 17 - Fifth grade goes to Luther Crest on Lake Carlos. May 17 - Second grade parent/visitor day. May 21 - Kindergarten visits Hemker Zoo.
Capital expenditures totaling $294,500 for the Osakis School District were approved for the 2019-2020 school year at the Monday, May 13 regular Osakis School Board Meeting. The board approved funding of $41,000 to be added to the basic requests, which will add boys tennis and girls dance for the coming year. The expenditures will be funded from nine different sources, including general, Long Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM), curriculum, technology, secondary/general, district, SPED, custodial and food services.
The Osakis School Board approved a technology budget for the coming school year amounting to $210,818, which includes hardware, licensing, networking, software, student and staff devices. The new devices will include 135 Chromebooks for grades 3 and 4 at a cost of $44,415, and 155 iPads for grades K-2 at a cost of $52,800, along with nine teacher iPads, at a total of $104,905. Networking includes replacing and updating some security cameras at a cost of $4,800, and 30 percent of the eRate Grant Projects at $36,800.