Current Mitchell Middle School teacher Chris Gubbrud has been selected as the new principal of Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, pending Mitchell Board of Education approval today.

The board will meet today at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy for its regular meeting.

Gubbrud currently teaches sixth grade social studies and English at the Mitchell Middle School. He will replace Vicki Harmdierks, who is retiring as GBR principal at the end of the school year. In conjunction with the principal job, Gubbrud plans to resign from his role as junior varsity boys basketball coach at the end of the current season. Gubbrud will be paid $71,750 in the new principal role, effective for the 2019-20 school year.

Also on the agenda Monday, the board is seeking to finalize the 2019-20 school calendar. The proposed calendar calls for 176 days of school, with 84 in the first semester from mid-August to December, and 92 days from January to mid-May.

As proposed, school will start in 2019 on Tuesday, Aug. 20, one day earlier in the week than in 2018, when school started on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The Christmas holiday break is two full weeks, running from Dec. 23, 2019 to Jan. 3, 2020. Classes resume on Jan. 6, 2020, with graduation scheduled for May 17, 2020, and the last day of school set for May 22, 2020. Much like this year's schedule, it has two snow days built-in for weather, but the third and subsequent snow days would be made up at the end of the year.


In addition to Gubbrud, other personnel items include:

New classified hires: Nikki Hohn, paraeducator at GBR, $14 per hour, 7.25 hours per day, effective Jan. 31; Amy Hurley, general food service at GBR, $12.45 per hour, 5.5 hours per day, effective Jan. 29; Janelle Ferrie, paraeducator at MMS, $11.07 per hour, 7.25 hours per day.

Resignations: Kelsey Range, paraeducator at MMS, effective Feb. 14.

MTI resignation: David Reuland, MCTEA automotive instructor, effective end of 2018-19 school year.

Other business

• Hear presentation from Mitchell Technical Institute President John Heemstra regarding a new agriculture building on campus. The presentation will include updating the board on the project's status and seeking funding for the project.

• Recognize Joe Childs as the South Dakota High School Principal of the year, as presented by the South Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals.

• Receive dividend check from the 2018 EMC South Dakota Safety Group, as presented by Rodney Colvin and Merle Scheiber.

• Hear board member and superintendent reports, and public commentary.