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Gift to school results in new Media Center

Osakis Public Schools will have a new Media Center, thanks to a generous gift of $50,000 from Newman Olson, Jr., and Sonja Olson.

Construction on the center was planned for Oct. 18-19, during MEA when school is not is session.

The improvements will include flexible seating, painting, removal of some book shelves, and installation of pods in the center.

Other gifts accepted at the Tuesday, Oct. 9 regular School Board meeting include $3,000 from Dollar General Literacy Foundation for a Youth Literacy Grant; City of Osakis, $1,000 for scholarships; Volleyball Student Activity, $256.95 for new uniforms; Dorothy and Timothy Norton, $100 to the Athletic Fund; Arvig, $453 Internet rebate; Massman Automation, $500 for Vex Robotics; and $694 from Donors Choice for coding.

Other action

In other business, the School Board:

• Approved the Notice of General Election, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, to elect three School Board members. Candidates who have filed include incumbents Becky Hensley and Greg Faber, along with Fran Breiter, Dirk Hagedon, Chad Hagen and Chris George.

• Heard a report from Stan Moore on the Coding HS course he is teaching. There are 14 students, half boys and half girls. Plans are to eventually purchase VEX Robotics and organize teams at Osakis High School, along with instruction in drones.

• Discussed cyber insurance, and will make a decision once board member Monika Klimek reviews the terms. Cost will be about $2,500 to $3,000.

• Called for snow removal bids, based on a flat rate for 2-6 inches of snow; and a second flat rate for six plus inches of snow; plus removal within 72 hours of a snowfall.

• Approved updating the Development of Parent and Family Engagement Policies for Title I programs, following the MN School Boards Assn. guidelines.

• Approved updating Johnson Controls software at a cost of $12,500, taken from the General Fund. This will allow better control of the heating and cooling zones in the school.

• Heard reports from Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt and Secondary Principal Tim Roggenbuck. Schmidt reported the enrollment now stands at 429 students, with three new students enrolled last week. Several committee meetings and workshops are scheduled in October. More than 80 students were nominated for Win The Day for September, with first grader Ruth Flaten the winner. The Collins Family has donated red pencils with black erasers for the Win the Day Program.

• Roggenbuck reported that after MEA weekend an after school program will be offered for seventh and eighth graders who need extra help in reading and math.

• The Osakis Veterans Day Program will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 10:15 a.m. in the school auditorium.

• The November regular School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom. This is a change of date because of the Veterans Day holiday.