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Mitchell Board of Education to review new SDHSAA amendments

Meeting slated for Monday at Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy

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The Mitchell Board of Education will hold its next meeting Monday night, April 25.
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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education is expected Monday to review seven South Dakota High School Activities Association constitutional amendments at its upcoming meeting, including one that is expected to improve competitiveness at smaller schools across the state.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday in room 10 at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, said in his agenda notes that he plans to recommend approval from the board on all seven amendments. For six of those proposed amendments, the changes are either to bring the by-laws in line with current practice, or to bring them into line with recent legislative changes.

The seventh amendment would likely initiate considerable change, at least for smaller schools in the state.

“Essentially, this amendment would mean that school districts with disproportionately larger percentages of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals to have an official count, for purposes of reclassification, smaller than their actual student environment,” Graves said. “This would allow them to compete against schools with smaller enrollments, since higher free or reduced percentages are usually associated with lower percentages of extracurricular participation.”

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The amendment is not expected to affect activities in the Mitchell School District, or any other large school in the state, Graves noted.

“While this would have absolutely no impact on Mitchell, or any of the larger South Dakota schools, I do see it as a means of securing a more even playing field for some South Dakota schools and so support it as well,” Graves said. “If actual experience in the future were to highlight some unforeseen inequity from such a policy, then I think the SDHSAA could revisit this in the future.”

A summary of the seven amendments can be found in the meeting agenda.

042522 School Board Agenda by Erik Kaufman on Scribd

Personnel

The board is expected to consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new certified hires of Susan Mercer, 8th grade science teacher at Mitchell Middle School, $54,636, effective the 2022-23 school year; Mathias Day, middle school assistant track, $1,319, effective 2021-22 school year and Ashley Zimmer, assistant girls golf, $1,253, effective 2021-22 school year.
  • The resignation of Shantel Schrank, paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective May 21.
  • The new Mitchell Technical College hire of Kaden Axsom, welding intern Level 1, $15 per hour, effective May 9.

Other business

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Consider review and or revision of K-12 board policies 1000-1200 on second reading.
  • Consider review and or revision of Mitchell Technical College policy series 1000-1200 on first reading.
  • Consider approval of the comprehensive special education plan for the Mitchell School District for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Consider approval of the Mitchell Middle School handbook for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Hear board member reports.
  • Hear the superintendent report.
  • Hear public commentary.

The meeting is open to the public. 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 ekaufman@mitchellrepublic.com.
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