An agreement has been made between the Osakis School District and Community Memorial Home (Galeon) of Osakis in the event of unforeseen disaster, where Galeon must evacuate its occupants from the premises. The agreement was penned at the Monday, Dec. 11 regular Osakis School Board meeting. "This agreement does not obligate (the school) to provide services/supplies for the evacuated residents," the agreement states. Galeon will be responsible for providing medications, medical records, supplies, nutritional items, linens, and staff members as they are able.
Teacher salaries for the Osakis School District have been settled for the next two years, 2017-18 and 2018-19, at an increase of 3.39 percent for the first year, and 2.02 percent for the second year. The 2016-17 salaries and benefits amount to $4,097,221. Total salaries and benefits for the 2017-18 contract are $4,236,298; for the 2018-19 contract are $4,321,862. Total package increase of 5.41 percent amounts to an increase of $224,640.
The Osakis High School FFA has been awarded a $1,500 Legacy Club grant from the Minnesota FFA Foundation, which will be used to purchase blue corduroy jackets and accessories for the 23 local FFA members. Rachel Moe, Osakis ag/FFA teacher, appeared before the School Board's Monday, Dec. 11 work session to apprise them of the grant award. "We will be purchasing jackets that will be customized to all of our members, measured to fit them," Moe said, noting that the blue jackets are required to enter FFA competition, as well as attend the state FFA convention.
The maximum allowable tax levy for the Osakis School District was certified to the county auditor at the School Board's Truth in Taxation meeting held Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The levy is $1,695,474.07, an increase of 3.27 percent for 2018, or an increase of $53,645 from last year's levy. Supt. Randy Bergquist gave a slide presentation on the district's taxation process to a meager audience, which included the board members, press, and one citizen, Bill Bjerke. Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 fund balances totaled $4,418,774. Long term debt for the same period totaled $9,425,000.
The 2017 Osakis School District census, compiled by Bonnie Schultz, was presented to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Dec. 11 regular meeting. The census shows the number of children from newborns to seniors in high school. First day enrollment in September 2017 for the elementary totaled 456 pupils, 417 in Osakis Public, and 39 in St. Agnes School. The total was down 28 from the all-time record-setting year of 2014, when the first day enrollment was 484 in both schools, and down 12 from the previous year.
Minnesota State FFA Reporter Elena DeMuth of Grand Rapids made an official FFA Chapter visit to Osakis on Monday, Nov. 13. She facilitated workshops in the eighth grade agriculture and wildlife Management classes taught by Rachel Moe. In Ag 8, DeMuth focused on FFA and how to get more involved, and in Wildlife Management, she talked about what being a leader looks like, and how to influence other lives.
Snow removal bids were received by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Nov. 13 meeting, and a contract was awarded for the current season. Schultz Sand and Gravel had the low bid $900 per snow event of more than two inches. The agreement calls for the plowing to be completed by 7 a.m. on school days, with removal of the snow from the school property within 48 hours of the snowfall. When there is less than two inches of snowfall, the contract calls for on-call as needed.
The Osakis School District received a clean audit report from Mary Reedy, of Clifton/Larson/Allen LLP for the year ending June 30, 2017. Reedy told the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Nov. 13 meeting the district received a clean opinion, "the highest an auditor can give to a school district." Revenues for the audit year for the General Fund were $8,553,562, which were over projected budget, Reedy said, while the total budgeted expenditures of $8,208,550 were under budget.
The World's Best Workforce Report for the 2016-17 school year was presented to the Osakis School Board at its Monday, Nov. 13 regular meeting by Principals Shad Schmidt and Tim Roggenbuck. The report is a state-mandated program that requires school districts to develop a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce. The annual report must be sent to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education by Dec. 15.
Osakis department heads presented their monthly reports to the City Council at its regular Monday, Oct. 2 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Liquor store Manager Julie Didier reported that on-sales profit for September was $5,236. Off-sale revenue for September was $24,074. Total profit for September $29,311 after inventory adjustments. The 2017 off sale report shows expenditures of $399,479 in the off sale department, with revenue of $391,937. The 2017 profit/loss figure is $59,370, with average inventory totaling $88,423.