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.
Two Osakis High School FCCLA members will be competing at the National FCCLA Conference June 28-July 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. Adam Petrich with his project, "Life Takes Guts," and Anna Woidyla with her project, "Defeat Dementia — Motivated, Informed and Involved," presented to the Osakis School Board at their Monday, May 14 meeting.
Student Carter Grove of Osakis High School shed some light on the subject of energy costs for the Osakis School Board members at their Monday, May 14 regular meeting. Carter's subject was a Community Action Research Project he, Kobie Lara and Joey VanAcker completed on the subject "Osakis Public Schools Lighting Efficiency." Carter presented the study on metal halide lights versus LED Lights to the board. He reported there are approximately 70 metal halide lights on the school campus, including outside around the building, and backstage in the auditorium.
There will be something missing at the Osakis Public Schools next fall, following action by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, May 14 regular meeting. The board accepted the retirement resignation of Elementary Secretary Bonnie Schultz, who has served the district for 44 years, 42 of them as elementary secretary. She has been the first to greet students each year. Her duties have included the annual School Census compilation. The board entered into a Letter of Agreement with Schultz for early retirement.
Dallas Triebenbach is retiring from the Osakis Public Schools as a bus driver after almost 20 years of service. In the beginning, Dallas's schedule at the Phillips 66 Station in Osakis allowed him to drive school bus. He and business partner, Randy Randall, worked out the schedule, with Dallas driving bus in the afternoons. It was a 77 passenger bus then, and covered about 40 miles a trip. "I drove in pretty much the same area the whole time, part way around the lake, to Belle River, north of Belle River, and then back," he says.
Bonnie Schultz is retiring from the Osakis Public Elementary secretary position she has held for 42 years. "It's the right thing to do. It's time, pass it on to somebody else," she says. She reminisced about the career she loves. "The thing about my job is you are always doing something different," she says. "Like the census. Kindergarten Roundup. Throughout the year you are always working on other things. It's so enjoyable." Bonnie began working at the school on Jan. 2, 1975. At first she was employed under the CEP Program, working with Art Haug and Nora Mikkelson.
After a captivating demonstration of the Smart Music application on the computer, the Osakis School Board increased its 2018-19 Technology Capital Outlay Budget by $1,400 to include Smart Music software for band and choir students.
Osakis Public School principals Shad Schmidt and Tim Roggenbuck gave their reports at the Monday, May 14 School Board meeting. The reports were filled with end of the school year dates and activities. Schmidt reported that the April Win the Day winner was second-grader Easton Paulzine. More than 100 students were nominated in April and five postcards were sent home. Five third-grade girls approached Schmidt for permission to clean up the school playground during recess. Schmidt gladly gave them permission, along with two third-grade boys.
Sixteen staff and department capital outlay requests totaling $15,185 for the coming year were approved by the Osakis School Board at its Monday, April 8 regular meeting. Books still comprise the largest expense. The list includes 75 vocabulary-literature books, 20 literature books, 80 copies of "The Hobbit," 30 vocabulary books, 34 college algebra student e-book/WebAssign one year access; and 9 calculus student e-book/WebAssign one year access.