Mitchell Board of Education to interview interim superintendent candidates, search firms at special meeting

Meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12 at Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy

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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education will take its first formal steps in selecting a new superintendent when it convenes for a special meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 12.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

The special meeting was announced after members of the board of education Monday night decided to hold interviews for the position of interim superintendent. The person in that position would take on head administrator duties for the district until a permanent replacement can be found for Joe Graves, who left his full-time superintendent position with the district Jan. 9 in order to take a job as South Dakota Secretary of Education.

The interviews for interim superintendent, the first item on the agenda, are expected to be conducted in executive session. Deb Olson, president of the Mitchell Board of Education, said at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday that the district had three candidates up for the position at that time.

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Following the executive session, the board is expected to reconvene in open session to conduct interviews with a pair of professional search firms that may assist the district in finding a new full-time superintendent. Board members Monday night said they felt they did not need to use a search firm to place an interim superintendent for the rest of the 2022-23 school year.


The two search firms that had submitted proposals as of Monday night were named as Dakota Consulting and Grundmeyer Leader Services.

The third agenda item suggests the board will consider naming an interim superintendent as well as a search firm to handle the larger superintendent search. That portion of the meeting is also expected to be conducted in open session.

It will be the first search for a new superintendent the district has conducted in over 20 years.

Gov. Kristi Noem announced that Graves had been selected to become the new Secretary of Education for South Dakota and that he had accepted the position. Graves told the Mitchell Republic he will remain full-time with the district until Jan. 9, after which he will serve in an advisory role through the end of the month as the district works to find a successor to help with his exit transition. Graves began his work as secretary of education Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Special meeting to interview interim candidates, search firms set for Jan. 12

The Mitchell Republic will livestream 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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