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School board to fill vacant seat

The Mitchell Board of Education's table will be full once again.

Last week the board accepted the resignation of member Cory Aadland so he could become the activities director for the Mitchell School District.

This, in addition to the absence of Neil Putnam, left the school board's table looking fairly empty.

But not for long.

In today's regular meeting, the board will be interviewing three applicants for Aadland's vacant seat in an executive session, or closed-door meeting. Each candidate will be interviewed for approximately 15 minutes each. The school board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

Following the interviews, the board will appoint one of the applicants to Aadland's seat. The applicant selected will serve the remainder of Aadland's term, which ends in July 2017.

The three applicants are Nathan DeGeest, Renae Gades and Matthew Christiansen. All the applications were published in the school board agenda. Each candidate was asked to list goals that would make him or her "a good candidate for a school board seat."

Degeest, a Plankinton native and Dakota Wesleyan graduate, said his goal is to collaboratively set visions and goals for the school district. He added that he was eager to help adopt a fiscally sound budget and regularly monitor the health of the school district.

Gades said she would guide the school district to continue to grow by providing quality education and being fiscally responsible. Gades holds a degree in social work.

Christiansen is a clinical psychologist with the Avera Medical Group in Mitchell. His goals are to maintain the high performance standards of students and teachers to keep Mitchell a competitive school district.

Superintendent Joseph Graves said following the interviews an appointment will be likely, but it will be up to the board. If an appointment is made at today's meeting, the chosen applicant will be seated at the organizational board meeting in July.

Personnel

As part of a consent agenda that includes board minutes, claims and open enrollment, the board will consider the following personnel items:

• New hire: Lisa Bahe, head 8th grade boys basketball coach, compensation of $2,778, effective Aug. 23.

• MTI new hires: Seth Weeman, ag tech instructor, compensation of $42,000, effective Aug. 1; Amy Gough, instructional technician, compensation of $32,000, effective July 5.

• 2016 Summer Internship Instructors: Mike Benjamin, internship instructor, compensation of $4,200, effective May 16; Lynne Smith, internship instructor, compensation of $4,000, effective May 16; Laura Miller, internship instructor, compensation of $525, effective May 16; Josh Kranz, internship instructor, compensation of $525, effective May 16; Jim Mahoney, internship instructor, compensation of $3,675, effective May 16; Jen Schumacher, internship instructor, compensation of $1,837, effective May 16; Jen Schultz, internship instructor, compensation of $262, effective May 16; Jason Juhnke, internship instructor, compensation of $1,837.50, effective May 16; Devon Russell, internship instructor, compensation of $3,412.50, effective May 16; Chris Degen, internship instructor, compensation of $3,150, effective May 16; Greg Thibodeau, internship instructor, compensation of $5,775, effective May 16.

Other business

In other regular business, the board will:

• Recognize Raina Grimsley as the 70th Girls State governor and for participating in the National Forensic League National Tournament.

• Consider declaring surplus property from Mitchell Technical Institute. The supplies and equipment includes DVD players, laptops, generators, monitors, file cabinets, etc. If the board declares the items as surplus, the full list of items will be published on the district website for sealed bids, running approximately three weeks in July.

• Consider setting meal prices for the 2016-17 school year. Food service director Leann Carmody and business manager Steve Culhane recommend the food service prices remain unchanged for the next school year. For students at a reduced price, breakfast will be 30 cents and lunch at 40 cents. For students at regular price in the elementary, breakfast will be $1.85 and lunch $2.80. For students at regular price in the middle school and high school, breakfast will be $2 and lunch $3. For adults, breakfast will be $2.30 and lunch will be $3.90.

• Hear a second reading to review and/or revise the MTI Board Policies 400-600. Each summer, the Board reviews and revises three sections of board policies such that the entire MTI board book is reviewed every four years.

• Hear a second reading to review and/or revise the K-12 Board Policies 400-600.

• Review the MTI Budget for 2016-17 school year. Culhane, along with Jared Hofer with MTI, will review the latest proposed numbers for the MTI budgets. It is not the final numbers.

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