Board of education to consider new middle school bell, intercom system

Current system is 52 years old, difficult to repair


The Mitchell Board of Education is expected to review the status of the intercom, bells and clock system at Mitchell Middle School during its next regular meeting Monday, Jan. 11.

The meeting, which will be held virtually by teleconference, is scheduled for 5 p.m.

In his comments in the agenda, Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, noted that at 52 years old, the intercom, bells and clock system at Mitchell Middle School can no longer be repaired reliably or in a cost-effective manner. The school could use a new digital system, Graves said.

“Thus, we’d like to install a new digital system, complete with new wiring, so that these multiple systems will provide the best service to the students and staff of MMS and also remain functional for the remaining life of the building, which we estimate to be another 40 to 50 years, due to its very sound construction,” Graves said in his agenda comments.

Graves noted that as a technology project, bidding on the project is not required. The district is eyeing a replacement system by Ban-Koe at a cost of $79,637.17 with installation by Muth Electric at a cost of $29,527 for a total cost of $109,164.17.



The board is expected to consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new classified hire of Ranae Duncan, para educator at Mitchell Middle School, $14 per hour, effective Jan. 11.

  • The new Mitchell Technical College hire of Roxane Hunt, nursing clinical adjunct instructor (spring semester 2021), $6,160, effective Jan. 11, and Sarah Morgan, accounts payable and financial specialist, $17 per hour, effective Jan. 18.

  • The Mitchell Technical College resignation of Seth Weeman, instructor of precision ag technology, effective Feb. 19.

Other business

Also Monday, the board is expected to:

  • Consider approval of the 2021-22 K-12 school calendar.

  • Consider offering a new three-year contract to Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District.

  • Hear a review from Graves on the District Report Card.

  • Consider accepting the audit report for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

  • Conduct the annual evaluation of the superintendent in executive session. The review will take place under executive session as it is for the purpose of “discussion the qualifications, competence, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.”

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and is still open to the public. Patrons can join the meeting by calling 1-312-626-6799 and then inputting the meeting identification as 915 2845 3388 and then the passcode of 606414.
Those experiencing difficulties with telephone access to the meeting may call 1-605-773-3011 and a representative with the Bureau of Information Technology will provide assistance.

All board materials are included on the district website at under the School Board tab. No additional materials will be considered during the board meeting, according to the agenda for the meeting.

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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