Board of education to review spring extracurricular events

Update on employee vaccination also expected

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The Mitchell Board of Education is expected to discuss plans for spring extracurricular activities at its next meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to be held Monday, March 8, in a virtual online format.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing global pandemic, the Mitchell Board of Education developed a plan for safely holding fall and winter extracurricular events. The board has also designed a plan for spring activities, including track, tennis and field and golf.

That plan also integrates with the South Dakota High School Activities Association recommendations, SDHSAA spring events addendum.

According to the spring events documentation included with the meeting agenda, events in the spring will require several safety measures, including but not exclusive to:


  • Screening events for events and practices before, during or after the school day. Participants identified through screening protocols as not eligible to participate in events or practices before the school day shall be excluded from attending school that day.

  • All spectators shall be required to wear masks at Mitchell home events. At away events, the regulations of the away district shall apply.

  • To the extent spectators are permitted, regulation of such will be identical for home and visiting fans. The Mitchell School District also expects to apply an adjusted attendance tier system, from Tier 1 being open attendance and Tier 4 being no fans in attendance.

The Mitchell district has remained in Tier 2 for fall and winter activities. Tier 2 allows for open attendance at outdoor activities provided social distancing can be maintained. If it cannot, the district may revert to its Tier 2 procedures for indoor events, which allows the MHS student body to attend and provides four vouchers to be used for fans of their choosing.

The board is expected to consider the following personnel moves at the March 8 meeting.

  • The new classified hires of Kylee Hanson, general food services worker at Mitchell Middle School, $12.75, effective Feb. 16 and Rheighna VanHooser, general food service worker, $12.75, effective March 1.

  • The transfer of Sadie Klumb from fourth/fifth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary to fifth grade teacher at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

  • A certified one-year leave of absence for Walt Moody, fifth grade teacher at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

  • The resignations of Hallie Tate, ELA teacher at Mitchell Middle School, effective end of the 2020-21 school year; Taylor Risse, third grade elementary teacher at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective end of the 2020-21 school year; Maddy Millar, first grade teacher at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective end of the 2020-21 school year; Courtney Anderson, head cook at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective Feb. 26, 2021; Tressa Wede, fifth grade teacher at L.B. Williams, effective end of the 2020-21 school year; Lorry Dykes, food service worker at Gertie Belle Rogers, effective Feb. 28, 2021; Cody Foreman, assistant ninth grade football coach, effective end of the 2020-21 school year; Michaela Steffern, assistant middle school track coach, effective spring 2022 pending suitable replacement; Ken Novak, head boys soccer coach, effective end of the 2020-21 school year and Erin Geidel, paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective March 16.

  • The retirement of Conni McCormick, second grade teacher at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective May 24, 2021.

  • The MTC new hire of Ryan Van Zee, adjunct instructor (spring semester 2021), $4,700, effective Feb. 22, 2021.

  • The MTC resignation of Kerry Hagemeier, business instructor at MTC, effective Feb. 19, 2021.

Other business

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent report, including an update on employee vaccination.

  • Hear public commentary.

To access the meeting, call 1-312-626-6799. From there, input the meeting ID of 923 2274 5152, then the passcode 741539. All board materials are included on the district website at under the school board tab. No additional materials will be considered during the meeting.

Members of the public wishing to address the board, for example under public commentary, will be able to do so through the telephone access.

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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