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School board OKs long-term maintenance plan

A 10-year long-term facilities maintenance plan and revenue projection was approved by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, July 9 regular meeting.

The plan is a state requirement and must be submitted by July 31.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist told the board the projection remained about the same as in the past. The total general fund levy for the Fiscal Year 2019 is estimated at $157,970.

Bergquist pointed out that the roof repair has been completed, along with the tuck-pointing.

The figures for each of the next 10 years are estimated in the $160,000 range.

In other business, the School Board adopted a lead in the water, paint and soil policy.

Bergquist said he has contacted Lakes Country Service Cooperative, which recommended this policy.

The district must have a plan in place by July 1, 2018, and a five-year program.

The purpose it to locate and alleviate the any lead in the school plant, including lead-based paint, lead-contaminated soil and dust, and lead-contaminated drinking water.

The state is requiring this because of the serious health consequences of exposure to lead.

Track and field lettering policy

The School Board approved a new track and field lettering policy. This includes, no unexcused practices or meets; no MSHSL violations; no missed meets due to academic ineligibility; finish the season in good standing; all seniors who have been out at least two years will letter.

A point system was included, and athletes must score at least eight points or more throughout the season. Points are based on placing in a varsity meet as an individual or as a relay, and two points for each event placing in at a conference, sub-section, section or state meet.

The policy also includes that a student must play a majority of the season at the exhibition level, and have a winning record in these matches, or at the coach's discretion.

Other action

In other action, the School Board:

• Approved the resignation of Taylor Kraemer as ECFE teacher.

• Approved the request for lane change from BS to BS+15 for Calista Herzog.

• Approved a resolution establishing combined polling places.

• Approved calling for fuel bids for 2018-19 school year.

• Accepted gifts of $100 from Jackie and Chad Bolstad, and $50 from Mike and Ann Collins for the Leveled Library; and scholarship gifs of $750 from the Osakis Lions Club, $2,000 from First National Bank of Osakis, and $200 from Jim and Sharon Fearing.

Yearbook Camp report

Kyle Kostrzewski, yearbook advisor, reported to the board that he and the four 2018-19 yearbook editors attended a week-long camp sponsored by Balfour Publishing at Chrome College in Waconia in June.

The students included Megan Pickert, editor in chief, Kiley Anderson, Liz Drevlow and Brooke Pfeffer.

The students won four awards at the camp, including two for copy editing, and photography.

The Osakis yearbook design and cover took third place in the competition.

Balfour gave scholarships for three students to attend, the expenses for the fourth were covered by the yearbook funds.

Kostrzewski said all 96 pages of the Silverstreak yearbook were designed and layed out, in addition to a 16-page supplement which will be completed after April 1, 2019, and include prom, graduation, and all spring sports. The supplement will be delivered five days after graduation, and will be a slide-in section held into the annual with double-faced tape.

Balfour Publishing is the former Taylor publishing company.

For future agendas

The board discussed Schedule C in regard to the possible payment of coaches who drive vans to athletic events. The matter will be placed on the August board agenda.

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