OSAKIS — The Osakis School Board accepted the resignation of Treasurer Justin Dahlheimer, who has been hired as the district’s new business manager, at its regular meeting on Monday, July 11.
Superintendent Randy Bergquist said the board can appoint someone to fill the vacancy until Election Day in November, when someone will be elected to serve the remaining two years of Dahlheimer’s term.
Bergquist said that although these are special elections, they will still be held on the normal election day, Tuesday, November 8.
According to the resolution passed by the council, the clerk may accept affidavits of nomination for office “during the same filing period as that applicable to the school district’s general election, i.e. between 70 and 84 days before the date of the primary election”.
The school board also heard a presentation on esports, which was given by new eighth grader Aiden Breiter, and was described as esports played competitively on gaming systems like xBox, PlayStation, Nintendo or virtual reality systems.
“(It’s) an alternative avenue for students to participate in an extracurricular activity,” Breiter said.
Over the past school year, a North Dakota company called Fenworks, which specializes in bringing eSports into schools, helped conduct an eSports survey of students in grades seven through 12. .
Breiter said 67 students responded, with 67% rating their interest in esports as a four or five on a scale of five.
“When students were asked to list the extracurricular activities they participate in, I was shocked to see that 38.8% of students are not involved in any extracurricular activity,” he said.
Breiter said he thinks eSports might appeal to some of the students who don’t participate in any extracurricular activities, as well as some who do.
Eighty-two percent of college students who responded to the survey said they spend more than four hours a week gaming, Breiter said.
“It tells me that they are already playing games, but not in the controlled environment that esports provides,” he said.
While no action has been taken on this, Bergquist said more information will be gathered and presented at a future school board meeting.
Increase in the price of school meals
The school board also approved a slight increase in meal and milk prices for 2022-23.
The new prices are $2.50 per elementary student lunch, $2.60 per secondary student lunch, $4.25 per adult lunch, $2 per student breakfast, 2 $.75 per adult breakfast and 35 cents per carton of milk.
“Remember, basically for the last two years, lunch and breakfast were covered,” Bergquist said. “Unfortunately, this year, that is not the case.”
Bergquist encouraged parents to complete the free and discounted forms.
“Everything is confidential,” he said. “You fill out the forms. If you qualify, you’ll know. If you don’t, you don’t qualify. The more people who fill out the forms, the higher the potential percentage for our free prize and reduced The higher the free and reduced population, the more compensation money we will get from the state, because it is based on the count of free and reduced prices.
Long-term facility maintenance
The school board also approved the application for the district’s 10-year long-term facilities maintenance plan.
School districts in Minnesota must complete the Application for Long-Term Facility Maintenance Revenue – Statement of Insurance annually and submit the application to the Minnesota Department of Education.
Annual 10-year plan expenditures vary from year to year based on district needs.
Expenses for fiscal year 2022 total $92,474 and go to categories such as health and safety and maintenance projects.
Bergquist said the plan is a “living document,” meaning changes can be made to it as needed.