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$200,000 opt-out is on board agenda

The Mitchell School Board will consider using $200,000 of the district's possible $700,000 in opt-out for the school year 2011 calendar year.

Superintendent Joe Graves is recommending the board make that move. State funding for education has been flat in recent years, Graves noted in his agenda comments to board members.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. today in regular session in the commons area at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School 1301 N. Kimball St.

In other business:

• The board will also recognize Marica Shannon, who has been named South Dakota Art Teacher of the Year, and student blue ribbon award winners at the State Fair.

• The board will consider:

Home schooling requests for the current school year.

On second reading, a policy for homeless and unaccompanied youth.

A comprehensive plan for special education.

• The board will also tour Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School.