STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Should the superintendent's salary be discussed in public?
A frequent commenter has raised an intriguing question about the $5,000 raise recently granted to Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves. The raise was approved after an "executive se... Posted on 4/29/10 at 6:00 AM
The deep cuts proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and approved by the Legislature earlier this year may have solved South Dakota’s $127 million structural deficit in one fell swoop, but the dominoes have only begun to fall at the local level.
The Mitchell School District is facing nearly $800,000 in cuts for the 2011-2012 school year as a result of the lost state funding, and some people are nervous.
“Science on the Move” still is — on the move, that is — because science teacher Jerry Opbroek refuses to let it die.
After a six-year run, the state cut funding for the mobile science program at the end of the 2008-2009 school year.
Change your clocks, check smoke alarms
To the Editor:
The Mitchell Fire Division has a simple but powerful reminder for all members of our community this weekend. When you change your clocks for daylight-saving time, change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and please remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves said Monday that an idea to reorganize Mitchell’s elementary schools as grade-level rather than neighborhood schools might never make it off the drawing board, but it’s still worth exploring.
Graves explains the idea in a column on Page 4 of today’s edition and spoke to The Daily Republic about the idea by phone Monday.
Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves requested and received school board approval Monday to cut one high school teaching position for the 2010-2011 school year.
Graves said the move, called a “reduction in force,” is being made due to changing high school graduation requirements and anticipated budget constraints.
The 2010 state meet, which concluded Saturday, may have been the last for the Mitchell High School gymnastics team.
Two days after the meet came to an end, gymnasts and their parents and coaches met with Superintendent Joe Graves to discuss the future of the MHS gymnastics program.
Despite assurances that alcohol use would be highly circumscribed, school board member Neil Putnam on Monday renewed past objections to the serving of any alcoholic beverages on school district property.
Putnam’s lone protest came during February’s first regular board meeting at Mitchell Technical Institute.
The cushion between May 19 — the last day of school — and the May 29-31 Memorial Day weekend looked pretty comfortable when the Mitchell School District originally planned its 2009-2010 school calendar. That was before the district racked up five snow days this month, including Jan. 6-8, Jan. 20 and Jan. 25. Now the final day of school is May 24 — and counting. If the district has any more snow days, they will be added to that date, says Superintendent of Schools Joe Graves.
Stephanie Wilson probably couldn’t help becoming a school administrator.
It’s in her blood.
Only 32, Wilson is the principal of Christ the King Elementary School, in Sioux Falls — her first administrative post.
When the Mitchell School District goes forward with replacement of the stadium at Joe Quintal Field, the project will raise the district’s outstanding building-related debt to $18.385 million, although two recent projects will be paid off by 2013.
The Mitchell High School marching band took its “Locomotion” act across the Midwest and brought home a host of awards.
Director Ryan Stahle couldn’t be happier.
“This was probably the best year (in my seven years here),” Stahle said. “It was one of our best years in quite some time.”
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