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Mitchell Board of Education to consider site sports package bids

Update on high school plans expected, board policy changes to be discussed

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L.B. Williams Elementary School
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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education will consider approval of a site sports package when it convenes for its next meeting.

The board will make its decision at its next meeting Monday, Sept. 12 at L.B. Williams Elementary School. The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The board had previously issued specifications for a site sports package that was designed to complete work on one practice athletic field and two field events for the track. School officials were hoping to have work on those completed and usable for the 2023 spring sports season.

However, Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District, said the lone bid that came in for the project was disappointingly high.

“The amount bid was well above budgetary expectations,” Graves wrote in his agenda notes.

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The bid that came in was from Schoenfelder Construction, in the amount of $898,800. Graves said in his notes that he would recommend rejecting the bid. Should the board agree to that suggestion, the design committee would consider other options for addressing track and athletics needs in the spring.

The current sites in question will be displaced when the district begins construction on the new Mitchell High School building, likely in the spring.

Board policy revisions

Graves will also present potential changes to board policies 220, which refers to regular board meetings, and policy 228, which refers to public participation at board meetings.

Mitchell Board of Education Sept 12 Meeting Agenda by inforumdocs on Scribd

The change to policy 220 would move the start time of board meetings to 5:30 p.m., a move Graves said he would not recommend, citing the current 5 p.m. start time was established to encourage public participation and allows for district patrons to leave work and come directly to the meetings with a minimal disruption of evening events. The change could also cause a conflict between the meetings and other evening events for school administrators.

The change to policy 228 at the statement: “The length of public commentary shall not exceed 30 minutes, unless extended by the board president or majority vote of the board.” The change could also possibly move public commentary to the beginning of the meeting instead of the end, where the agenda item is currently listed for meetings. That is not strictly a part of the policy, however, and could be changed at the discretion of the board at any time, Graves noted.

Graves stated in his agenda notes that he would support the change for policy 228.

Personnel

The board is expected to consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new classified hires of Sierra Bunker, food service at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, $15.25 per hour, 5.5 hours daily, effective Aug. 15; Kristi Moody, paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary, $13.75 per hour, 7 hours daily, effective Aug. 17; Samuel Smith, paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary, $15 per hour, 7 hours daily, effective Sept. 6; Amanda Klein, kitchen manager at Mitchell High School, $17 per hour, 8 hours daily, effective Sept. 7 and Debra Olson, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, $13.75 per hour, 7 hours daily, effective Sept. 6.
  • The new certified hires of Chaydon Metzger, 7th grade head volleyball, $1,850; Ryan Zilla, assistant boys soccer, $1,673; Gracie Kattner, 8th grade assistant volleyball, $1,573 and Jeff Meyerink, assistant boys golf, $2,236. All certified hires are effective for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The transfer of Randi Zimmerman, head cook at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary to Gertie Belle Rogers kitchen manager, $17 per hour, 8 hours daily, effective 2022-23 school year.
  • A change in hours for Blair Overweg, paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary, 7 hours daily to 7.25 hours daily and Jennifer Malatare, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, 7 hours daily to 7.25 hours daily. Changes in hours are effective Aug. 17.
  • The sixth class assignments for Kaitlyn Huska, one sixth class assignment; Steve Morgan, one sixth class assignment; Kent Vanoverschelde, one sixth class assignment; Melisa Vatter-Miller, one sixth class assignment; Denise Hoffman, two sixth class assignments; Nancy Leach, two sixth class assignments; Bruce Mastel, two sixth class assignments; Mercia Schroeder, two sixth class assignments; Christina Siemsen, two sixth class assignments; Curtis Smith, two sixth class assignments; Gretchen Smith, two sixth class assignments; Kristina Starr, two sixth class assignments and Penny Weisz, two sixth class assignments. All assignments are for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The resignations of Lori Renken, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, effective Aug. 22; Tierra Nightpipe, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, effective Sept. 9 and Esther Witte, junior varsity girls basketball coach, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The Mitchell Technical College hires of Roxanne Hunt, fall 2022 registered nursing (RN) clinical adjunct instructor, $7,350; Anne Kelly, fall 2022 psychology 101 adjunct instructor, $2,250; Angela Langstaff, fall 2022 radiation therapy physics adjunct instructor, $3,000; Janel Nicolas, fall 2022 online business adjunct instructor, $4,500; Kristina Tebay, registered nursing (RN) instructor, $63,951.43 (200-day contract prorated to 189 days), effective Aug. 30; Jesse Belschner, fall 2022 radiation therapy physics adjunct instructor, $1,500 and Terrance Harms, fall 2022 radiation therapy physics adjunct instructor. All hires are effective Aug. 22 unless otherwise noted.

Other business

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

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  • Approve K-12 district goals for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Consider moving the Oct. 10 meeting of the board to Oct. 11.
  • Hear the superintendent report, including an update on the Mitchell High School building design progress.
  • Hear board member reports.
  • Hear public commentary.

The meeting is open to the public. The Mitchell Republic will livestream the meeting.

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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 ekaufman@mitchellrepublic.com.
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