Mitchell Board of Education reviews superintendent applications, takes no action

Interviews may be conducted at special meeting next week

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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education reviewed applications for the open Mitchell School District superintendent position Tuesday night but took no action on the matter.

The board emerged from a 2-hour executive session and adjourned with no action taken. The board is expected to revisit the issue at another meeting of the board next week.

The board of education held the special meeting at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy. The only business item on the agenda was an executive session, which the agenda described as being to discuss the “qualifications, competence, performance, character of fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public office or employee.”

Deb Olson, president of the Mitchell Board of Education, had previously confirmed to the Mitchell Republic that the executive session was to review applications for the open superintendent position. The district has been seeking a new superintendent since Joe Graves, who had served the district as superintendent for more than two decades, resigned in January to take the position of secretary of education for South Dakota.

The board later appointed Joe Childs, principal of Mitchell High School, as interim superintendent.


The board is scheduled to hold its next regular meeting Monday, March 13 and has suggested it would hold another special meeting Tuesday, March 14 specifically to hold interviews for invited superintendent candidates.

No agenda for either meeting has yet been released by the district.

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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