No more free lunches as Mitchell Board of Education to get first look at 2022-23 budget

Meeting scheduled for Monday, May 9

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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education will get its first look Monday at the proposed 2022-23 budget for the Mitchell School District.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Room 10 at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

The agenda for the meeting shows that the proposed budget general fund would come in at $21,599,438, which is an increase from $20,121,972 from the 2021-22 district budget. In the capital outlay fund, the 2022-23 proposed budget indicates a total of $4,856,791. That is also an increase from the 2021-22 budget, which came in at $4,572,770.

Steve Culhane, business manager for the district, said that the board is expected to finalize its 2022-23 budget at its second meeting in June, currently scheduled for 5 p.m. June 27, also at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

Culhane said one aspect of the next school year of which parents should be aware is that it is expected the free lunches provided by the district over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic will not return for all students. The lunch program will return to its normal function, where those interested in free or reduced cost lunches will need to fill out an application.


The last time the district operated under its normal lunch program protocols was the 2019-20 school year, Culhane said.

May 9 Meeting Agenda for the Mitchell Board of Education by Erik Kaufman on Scribd


The board is expected to consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new certified hire of Mercia Schroeder, Spanish teacher at Mitchell Middle School and 6th class assignment, $49,653 teacher compensation, $4,966 6th class assignment compensation, effective 2022-23 school year.
  • The new classified hire of Connor DeRouchey, CCC/computer aide, $12.75 per hour, 7.25 hours per day, effective Aug. 17.
  • The transfers of Taramee Paulson, paraprofessional at L.B. Williams Elementary to paraprofessional at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary and Charlene Hilekmeier, paraeducator at Longfellow Elementary 7 hours to paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary. Both transfers are effective for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The resignations of Kari White, food service at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective April 25; Nicole Hohn, RN at Mitchell Middle School, effective May 2 and Brooke Brummett, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, effective end of the 2021-22 school year.
  • The new MItchell Technical College hires of Amy Gough, adjunct CCT 221 summer 2022, $2,250; Julie Gross, adjunct ENGL 110 summer 2022, $2,250; Julie Hart Schutte, adjunct SOC 100 summer 2022, $2,250; Sarah Ellis, adjunct COMM 210 and SPCM 101 summer 2022, $4,500; Anne Kelly, PSYC 101, summer 2022, $2,250; Scott Kortan, adjunct MATCH 104 summer 2022, $2,250; Annika Russell-Manke, adjunct BUS 122 summer 2022, $2,250; Ryan Van Zee, adjunct BUS 170 summer 2022, $3,000 and Shirlyce Weisser, adjunct MOP 221, MOP 230 summer 2022, $4,500. All hires are effective May 16.
  • The Mitchell Technical College resignation of Connie Schroeder, director, effective June 30.

Other business

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Consider review and revision of Mitchell Technical College policy series 1000-1200 on second reading.
  • Consider the elementary 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 and will be livestreamed by the Mitchell Republic.

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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