Administrator compensation back in front of Mitchell Board of Education

Meeting to be held virtually online Monday

Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, hands out meeting materials to Mitchell Board of Education members Neil Putnam and Deb Olson in this Mitchell Republic file photo. (Sara Bertsch / Republic)

The Mitchell Board of Education will consider administrator compensation for the 2021-22 school year at its next meeting.

The agenda item will be addressed at the Monday, April 26 meeting of the board, which is scheduled to be held virtually. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Administrator compensation was on the agenda for the April 12 meeting of the board, but it was tabled to Monday night’s meeting in the event an executive session was needed to discuss the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer of employee or perspective public officer or employee, which is allowed under South Dakota law.

No executive session was scheduled on the agenda for the April 12 meeting.

If the board should move to executive session at the Monday meeting, the board members and the superintendent would enter a second virtual room within the public Zoom call. They would then discuss the topic of the executive session there. Once they had concluded that discussion, the board members and superintendent would return to the original Zoom call area and complete the remainder of the agenda.


Those attending the meeting virtually need only wait in the original Zoom area for the board to return to open session.

The board will consider compensation for 14 members of the administrative staff for the 2021-22 school year. Compensation figures for those staffers include:

  • Cory Aadland, activities director, $87,711

  • Sherri Becker, curriculum director (0.7 FTE), $59,685

  • Leann Carmody, food services director, $69,407

  • Joe Childs, Mitchell High School principal, $106,962

  • Steve Culhane, business manager, $120,550

  • Chris Gubbrud, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary principal, $74,766

  • Lisa Heckenlaible, Longfellow Elementary principal, $80,504

  • Levi Hohn, technology director, $59,871

  • Craig Mock, Mitchell High School assistant principal, $87,727

  • Bobby Reindl, Mitchell Middle School assistant principal, $64,770

  • Becky Roth, L.B. Williams Elementary principal, $86,315

  • John Sieverding, buildings and grounds director, $72,964

  • Shane Till, Mitchell High School assistant principal/Second Chance director, $83,129

  • John Tyler, Mitchell Middle School principal, $81,600

In addition, the board may also consider the compensation of Joe Graves, superintendent of the Mitchell School District.


The board is expected to act on the following personnel moves:

  • The new certified hires of Cade Bruna, 0.8 FTE music teacher and 0.2 Title, $44,750, effective 2020-21 school year and Davis Alexandra, ELA at Mitchell High School, $46,237, effective 2020-21 school year.

  • The new classified hires of Trena Porter, general food service worker at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School, $12.75, effective April 6 and Shelby Sorenson, general food service at Mitchell High School, $12.75, effective April 12.

  • The transfers of Kelsey Van Overschelde, 21st grant co-director, $10,999; Stacie Biggerstaff, 21st grant co-director, $10,999 and Ryker Kreutzfeldt, 8th math teacher at Mitchell Middle School to math teacher at Mitchell High School. All transfers are effective for the 2021-22 school year.

  • The resignations of Christina Siemsen, assistant track coach, effective end of the 2020-21 school year pending suitable replacement; Madison Daley, administrative assistant at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective end of the 2020-21 school year and Amanda Miller, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, effective May 21.

  • The Mitchell Technical College new hires of Ryan Van Zee, accounting/business instructor, $55,000, effective Aug. 1; Adams Maas, welding summer intern/lab assistant, $15/hour, effective May 17; Andrew Rogers, welding summer intern/lab assistant, $15/hour, effective May 17; Amy Gough, adjunct ACCT 221, $2,250, effective May 17; Julie Gross, adjunct ANGL 110, $2,250, effective May 17; Julie Hart Schutte, adjunct CHRD 104, $2,250, effective May 17; Sara Ellis, adjunct COMM 210, $4,500, effective May 17; Anne Kelly, adjunct PSYC 101, $2,250, effective May 17; Nathaniel Raak, adjunct MATCH 104, effective May 17; Ryan Van Zee, adjunct BUS 170, $3,000, effective May 17; Annika Russell-Manke, adjunct BUS 122, $2,250, effective May 17 and Shirlyce Weisser, adjunct MOP 212, MOP 230 summer 2020, effective May 17 and Kasey Thomas, rad tech adjunct lab instructor, $3,920, effective May 17.

  • The Mitchell Technical College resignation of Lori Tonak, instructor, effective June 29.

Other business

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Consider approval of the comprehensive special education plan for the Mitchell School District for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Consider selections for the 2021 official election and constitutional amendment ballots for the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent reports.

  • Hear public commentary.

The meeting is open to the public. To access the meeting, the public can call 1-312-626-6799 and then input the meeting ID of 979 1512 6344 and then passcode 175855. All board materials and an agenda can be found at under the tab labeled School Board.

Related Topics: EDUCATION
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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