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Monday School Board meeting canceled due to lack of agenda items

No updates on high school plans were expected; discussion likely to continue at Sept. 12 meeting

With the Aug. 22 meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education canceled due to a lack of agenda items, the next meeting of the board will take place Monday, Sept. 12 at L.B. Williams Elementary School.
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MITCHELL — The meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education scheduled for Monday, Aug. 22, has been canceled due to a lack of actionable agenda items, according to school officials.

Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, made the announcement Friday morning and cited the lack of immediate pending business as the reason for the change of schedule. The next meeting of the board of education is now set for Monday, Sept. 12, at L.B. Williams Elementary School.

While not necessarily a regular occurrence, canceled board of education meetings are not unheard of, he said.

“It happens almost every year. Whenever we have two meetings in a month, and August is the last month with two regularly-scheduled board meetings, at least once during most years you don’t need that extra meeting,” Graves said.

Barring special meetings, the Mitchell Board of Education usually holds one official meeting on the second Monday of the month in January, February and March and then again in September, October, November and December. The board generally holds two meetings during the months of April, May, June and August. July is the only summer month when the board generally only holds one meeting.


With some months having two meetings, it is sometimes not necessary to hold the second meeting, as most monthly business is conducted during the first meeting of the month. The board always holds at least one regular meeting per month, Graves said.

The board just reviewed new plans for the Mitchell High School construction project at its Aug. 8 meeting, and there were no immediate developments on that project that would require a second meeting this month.

“We just had a major presentation at the last board meeting, and there weren’t enough developments to look at that (again this month),” Graves said.

He does expect the high school topic to be a part of the Sept. 12 meeting, however.

“We’ll definitely have a presentation on (Sept. 12). It’s narrowing things down and we’ll be getting increasingly detailed,” Graves said.

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

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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