The annual food service review was presented to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, July 9 regular meeting. The report showed revenue for the year just ended at $360,722.02, and total disbursements of $371,578.86, for a loss for the year of $10,856.84. Total number of meals and total number of breakfasts served were both down for the year. Average daily attendance for the year was 774, down 11 from the previous year. Average daily participation in the lunch program at 554 decreased 72 from the previous year. There were 172 total meal days served.
Minor changes in the elementary and high school Student Handbooks for the Osakis Public Schools for the 2018-19 school year were approved by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, July 9 meeting. The elementary handbook will not be printed and sent out this year. Instead parents are requested to access it on the school website. The parents will receive a student/parent checklist which will be required paperwork for families this fall, which must be signed by both the student and the parent/guardian and returned.
Big changes in the Food Service offered by the Osakis Public Schools are coming following the acceptance of a contract between the Osakis School Board and A'viands based out of Roseville for the 2018-19 school year. The board approved the contract at the 6:30 a.m. special meeting held on Wednesday, June 27. Superintendent Randy Bergquist told the board requests for proposals for the food program were sent out to 20 companies, and of those, two made presentations to the food committee: A'viands and Taher.
A projected budget for the 2018-19 school year was approved by the Osakis School Board at a 6:30 a.m. Wednesday special meeting. A budget revision will be considered in early 2019, if necessary. Superintendent Randy Bergquist presented the budget summary with comparisons for the past three years, and invited comments from Theresa Moore, district bookkeeper. "The grand total revenue projected for 2018-19 is a 'guestimate' based on student numbers," Moore told the board. "The projected revenue is $10,388,187, and the projected total expenditures is $10,449,595."
A gift of $1,000 from Bell Bank of Alexandria to the Osakis School District in June was designated by branch manager, Vice President Abby Kleinschmidt to pay for unpaid lunches for the 2017-18 school year. The generous gift was one of a number of received by the Osakis district and accepted by the School Board at its Monday, June 11 meeting. Summer Rec. donations were received from Osakis VFW for $300; and Osakis Education Assn. for $250.
Summer School will be held in the Osakis Public Schools July 23-Aug. 9, following approval by the School Board at its Monday, May 14 regular meeting. Summer School for grades K-8 will include 84 students at a cost of $17,432.48 this year. It was pointed out by Elementary principal Shad Schmidt, "Summer School is not to get them caught up if they are behind. It's to help students retain what they learned. There will be 35 students in first through third grades enrolled; 40 students in grades four through six, and nine students in grades seven and eight.
School board elections will be held this fall, and the terms of three Osakis School Board members will be up. They are Board Chair Becky Hensley, and members Greg Faber and Monika Klimek. Filing of affidavits for candidacy for school board run from July 31 through August 14. Filing may be done with the School District clerk, Genny LeBrun, or at the superintendent's office. The filing fee is $2.
Contracts for property insurance and worker's compensation insurance for the 2018-19 were accepted by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, June 11 regular meeting. Two sealed bids were received for each insurance coverage, and the School Board accepted the low bids. The property insurance contract was awarded to Larson Insurance Company of Alexandria at a total cost of $32,838. The Worker's Compensation Insurance contract was awarded to Larson Insurance Company of Alexandria on their bid of $38,353. Personnel matters
The Osakis School Board approved a contract with Heartland Orthopedic Specialists as athletic trainer for the three coming school years at its Monday, May 14 regular meeting. The 2018-19 contract fee is $9,300 less $1,500 for advertising; for 2019-20 $9,400 less $1,500 for advertising; and for the 2020-21 school year is $9,500 less $1,500 for advertising. The advertising includes one advertisement in the athletic programs and posters. Heartland Orthopedic Specialists will also be allowed to hang a sign in the weight room, and to hang a banner at home athletic contests.
Osakis students used programs on the Chromebooks and iPads to code/program Mambo Drones and Spheres to take a specific course, complete training courses and take on given challenges from the teacher. The students demonstrated the technology before the Osakis School Board meeting on Monday, May 14. Both technologies will be implemented into the coding scope and sequence. Twelve of each device were donated to Osakis schools this year through DonorsChoose.