The Mitchell Board of Education will consider the purchase of new commercial-grade dishwashers when it meets for its next meeting Monday, Feb. 8.

The meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m., will be held in a virtual format.

According to agenda notes provided by Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, food service personnel have identified a need to replace three dishwashers in the school kitchens. The board will consider bids for the equipment from IS Restaurant Design Equipment of Sioux Falls.

The company submitted bids for two different brands of dishwasher. One made by Jackson comes in at $92,526.14 and the other, made by Hobart, comes in at $122,607.24. Graves said the bid on the Jackson machines had to be rejected because there are no nearby dealers who can repair and maintain the machine, as well as capacity and other design features.

Graves said the Hobart machines met specifications for the job and fell within budgetary advances for the project, and he will recommend approving the bid. The cost of the equipment will be paid from the Food Service Fund, which has adequate funds to cover them, Graves noted.

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Personnel

The board will also consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new classified hires of Madison Daley, administrative assistant at L.B. Williams Elementary, $13.50, effective Jan. 14; April Charging Hawk, general food service worker at L.B. Williams Elementary, $12.75, effective Jan. 19 and Rita Beckman, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, $12.50, effective Jan. 25.

  • The transfers of Kayla Hohbach, kitchen helper at 5.5 hours at Mitchell High School to kitchen head cook at seven hours at Mitchell High School and Kylee Auch, 0.5 Title I at L.B. Williams Elementary to 1.0 Title I at L.B. Williams Elementary.

  • The resignations of Mari Hoeltzner, food service, effective Jan. 11; Jessica Cross, general food service worker at Mitchell Middle School, effective Jan. 22; David Suarez, head cook at Mitchell High School, effective Jan. 29; Lee White, 7th grade girls basketball coach, effective end of 2020-21 school year pending suitable replacement; Darci Winthers, 7th grade girls assistant girls basketball coach, effective end of 2020-21 school year pending suitable replacement and Amy Hurley, food service worker at Mitchell Middle School, effective Feb. 16.

  • The MTC revised contracts of Chris Degen, faculty, $55,300; Sarah Ellis, faculty, 47,134 and Devon Russell, faculty, $59,490. All revised contracts are effective Aug. 1, 2020.

  • The MTC resignation of Julie Brookbank, vice-president for foundation relations, effective Feb. 15.

Other business

Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Consider approval of the membership agreement in the Eastern South Dakota Food Buying Group, Year 5.

  • Consider declaring MTC site house surplus in order that it may be sold.

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent report.

  • Hear public commentary.

Those wishing to access the virtual meeting may do so by calling 1-312-626-6799 and then inputting the meeting identification of 933 8882 1875. The passcode 666744 should then be entered. The agenda and board materials can be found at www.themitchellkernels.com under the “school board” tab.