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School board to elect new officers, discuss construction bids

The Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy. (Republic file photo)

In addition to electing a new president at its annual board meeting to be held at 5 p.m. on Monday in Room 116 of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, the Mitchell Board of Education will discuss bids for three construction projects at Mitchell Technical Institute.

The most expensive bid to be considered is one from Sunkota for the renovation of the MTI Technology Center and Campus Center Commons for $554,000. Superintendent Joseph Graves has requested that the board reject the bid on the grounds that the bid amount was much higher than expected and because the Campus Center renovations' expected late fall semester completion date would be inconvenient for the school year.

Instead, the board is moving to split the project at MTI into two stages: one changing the MTI Maintenance Department in the Technology Center and the other adding a raised stage with three presentation screens and audio features to the Campus Center.

Bids for each of the MTI projects will be submitted separately, and the board expects this will not only be a better fit for the school calendar, but increase competition between bidders by giving potential vendors a choice between projects.

The other two buildings for which bids will be considered, known as the "shop house" and "site house," will be constructed by MTI students as part of their regular curriculum.

Two companies submitted bids for construction materials, and both met specifications for both projects.

In accordance with South Dakota bidding law, Graves recommended accepting the $28,307.58 shop house and $49,930.67 site house material bids from Builders FirstSource, as opposed to the respective $34,318.64 and $54,178.49 bids from Mueller Lumber Company.

Consent agenda, personnel

The consent agenda includes the following personnel changes.

• New hires: Courtney Lau, paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary; Lisa Vermeulen, paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary; Amanda Nava, paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary.

• Resignation: Linda Geidel, general food service worker at Mitchell Senior High School.

Other business

In other matters, the board will consider:

• Appointing Business Manager Steve Culhane as clerk of the board.

• A resolution designating First National Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, CorTrust Bank, Home Federal Bank, First Dakota National Bank, South Dakota Public Funds Investment Trust, Fulton State Bank and BankWest as official depositories for the Mitchell School District.

• Approving a resolution regarding interest accruing on funds.

• Approving activity admission fees for the 2018-19 school year.

• Approving the Robert's Rules of Order with the modification to permit the board president to participate and vote.

• Readopting the Imprest Fund.

• Approving surety bonds.

• Approving membership in the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce.

• Designating The Daily Republic as the official publisher for the Mitchell School District.

• Approving Churchill, Manolis, Freeman, Kludt, Shelton & Burns as legal counsel for the Mitchell School District for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

• Designating Graves, Culhane, MTI President and CEO Mark Wilson and MTI Financial Comptroller Jared Hofer as fiscal agents for federal programs.

• Designating Culhane as the fiscal agent for all financial accounts and to invest money on the district's behalf.

• Designating Cory Aadland and Brittney Eide as Title IX coordinators.

• Approving Graves as the designated Title I officer.

• Approving Civil Rights Compliance Statements.

• Authorizing people to purchase surplus property from the South Dakota Federal Property Agency for the district.

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