The Mitchell Board of Education approved the budget for fiscal year 2019-20 for the Mitchell School District on Tuesday and reorganized, electing officers for the year and conducting annual business.

The action took place at the regular monthly meeting of the board at the Mitchell Career and Technical Academy.

After holding the required public hearing for the budget, the board unanimously approved that budget on a 5-0 vote. The Mitchell School District budget was approved at $53,602,037, with $19,745,570 for the K-12 general fund and $4,302,187 for the K-12 capital outlay fund. While the general fund sees an increase of 4.1 percent over last year, the capital outlay fund will decrease by 19.4 percent, with last year’s budget including the replacement of new turf at Joe Quintal Field.

The tax levies for the budget will be 5.929 for ag property, 7.752 for owner-occupied property and 11.277 for commercial property. Those numbers represent an increase of 0.42 percent, a decrease of 0.30 percent and a decrease of 1.27 percent, respectively.

The Mitchell Technical Institute budget was approved at $23,078,115, up from $21,426,563 last year and $20,778,923 the year prior to that. Fund 23 is over $1 million higher than the last two years, thanks in part to an increase in capital outlay projects. Most of the school’s expenses are paid through Fund 23. Some of those improvements include an expansion of the school stage, the Oak Room and the relocation of the information technology classroom so that it is closer to the service room used by the school IT department.

The board also elected two board members to leadership positions.

Deb Olson was re-elected to the position of board president, and Neil Putnam was re-elected to the position of board vice-president.

In addition, two board members were sworn in to take their seats for a new term on the board. Olson and Kevin Kenkel took the oath of office and their seats for new three-year terms on the board. Other members of the board are Lacey Musick and Matthew Christiansen.

Other business

Also at the July 16 meeting, the board:

  • Approved a resolution to designate all official repositories for the district.

  • Approved a bid for the Food Service Program dairy purchases.

  • Approved successful bids for MTI ADBC House construction materials.

  • Approved bids for robotics and technology equipment.

  • Heard board member reports and commentary.

  • Heard the superintendent report from Joe Graves

  • Heard public commentary from the audience.

  • The next meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education is scheduled for Aug. 12 at the Mitchell Career and Technical Academy. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.