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Mitchell school board to discuss installing new scoreboard at Joe Quintal Field

There will be a discussion during tonight’s Board of Education meeting on the installation of a new scoreboard at Mitchell’s Joe Quintal Field.

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The meeting starts at 5 p.m. and will be held in the L.B. Williams Elementary School commons area.

Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross wasn’t sure when the current scoreboard was installed at Quintal, the site of all Mitchell High School home varsity football games and home track and field meets. Gross estimated the current scoreboard was installed in the mid-1980s.

“We can’t find an exact date it was put in, and I’m going by my own memory,” said Gross, a Mitchell High School graduate. “We’ve been fortunate that it has lasted this long. They don’t even make parts for it anymore.”

In addition to a new scoreboard at Quintal, Gross said a new sound system for the stadium will also be pursued. He said the sound would come from a single location, whereas now there are speakers set up around the stadium that project sound.

Gross said Dakota Wesleyan University, which also holds its home football games at Quintal, has made a verbal commitment to support the high school on the projects.

Joe Quintal was originally built in 1941 as a Works Progress Administration project after the previous stadium was destroyed by fire in October 1940. The new stadium was then named after former MHS coach and athletic director Joe Quintal, who began coaching at MHS in 1926 and coached for 31 years.

In 2010, the stadium underwent a $2.9 million facelift. Before the renovation, the plumbing was inadequate, the locker rooms were not used on game day and concrete pieces of wall were crumbling to the ground. The old capacity of the stadium was about 1,200 and jumped to 1,746 after the changes.

Gross said the addition of a new scoreboard and sound system were both items that the district wanted to pursue during the changing of the stadium, but it was not feasible at the time. If approved, the hope is to have the updates completed by next fall prior to the team’s first home game.

“We’ll be excited to entertain anyone wanting to get involved with the project, whether it be advertising or a one-time donation,” he said. “I’m pumped about it. I hope it goes through well.”

At tonight’s meeting, the board will also set the joint city/school election date of June 3 as the seat occupied by board member Dana Price is up for election.

This July, Price will have served nine years on the Mitchell Board of Education.

Friday evening, Price told The Daily Republic he is unsure if he will re-run for the spot.

Other business:

In other business, board members plan to:

• Hear a presentation on the L.B. Williams mass customized learning pilot.

• Adopt a consent agenda that includes minutes from a past meeting, claims, personnel items and open enrollment.

• Consider a resolution to approve on first reading, revisions to Board Policy 211 — Board Member Compensation and Expenses.

• Hear board member reports.

• Hear the superintendent’s report.

• Hear public commentary.

• Take a tour of L.B. Williams Elementary.

Personnel changes

The board will consider the following personnel items:

Spring adjunct/MTI: Julie Hart-Schutte, SOC100, compensation $1,785; Megan Mentzel, Psych100, $1,785; Beth Schnider, Math 091 and Eng 091, $2,380; Jed Schoenfelder, Welding BC 282, $1,575; Pamela Brewer, Spring 2014 team, $500.

Resignations: Terri Taylor, accounts payable/MTI, effective April 18; Lindsey Kieffer, food service/MTI, effective Jan. 6. Volunteer: Amelia Rew, volunteer gymnastics coach, effective 2013-14 season.