The Mitchell Board of Education will have one of the early steps to building a new high school in front of it Monday when it is expected to select an architecture firm to handle the design of the building.

The meeting of the board is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School.

Planning for a new Mitchell High School has been in the works for several years, with the district putting capital outlay funds away to build up a fund that could be put toward the construction of the new building. The current high school building was built in 1962 and is reaching the point where it needs to be replaced, Joe Graves told the Mitchell Republic in July.

“Anytime you have a building as old as this it’s going to have problems you can’t surmount anymore. Most of those problems should go away. We’ll have a bright new building and it should be an exciting and new development for the high school,” Graves said at the time.

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Graves is expected to recommend the board select Schemmer, a architecture firm that is the South Dakota affiliate of Miller, Sellers and Heroux, the firm that designed the district’s Performing Arts Center.

The recommendation was narrowed down from seven potential firms based on the criteria of each company's experience, the services provided and its cost and fees structure. District officials conducted interviews with representatives to better get an understanding of how they would approach the design.

“As a result of the initial review, we narrowed the seven submitted proposals to three and then interviewed representatives of those three firms,” Graves said in comments included with the meeting agenda. “We then evaluated the three proposals, again on the three criteria but with the additional, relevant information gained from the interviews/presentations. As a result, the top-scoring (firm) was deemed to be Schemmer.”

More plans are expected to be revealed in upcoming months, Graves said.

The Mitchell School District is developing a plan to construct a new high school building. The proposed building would replace the current high school building that was built in 1962. Joe Graves, superintendent for the district, said he expected the Mitchell Board of Education to get a look at proposals from architects in the upcoming months. (Matt Gade / Republic)
The Mitchell School District is developing a plan to construct a new high school building. The proposed building would replace the current high school building that was built in 1962. Joe Graves, superintendent for the district, said he expected the Mitchell Board of Education to get a look at proposals from architects in the upcoming months. (Matt Gade / Republic)

“We have to start with proposals from the architects, and then the next step is to hire one and then begin planning. After that we'll hire someone to manage the construction, and then we will probably be putting out bids for a new building maybe as early as late winter. It would be great if we could do that in February. But we have to do the design well. We cannot rush that, and frankly, there is no big rush,” Graves said in July.

Personnel

The Mitchell Board of Education will consider the following personnel moves at the meeting:

  • The new classified hires of Maria Payne, Mitchell High School attendance secretary, $13.75/hour, 8 hours daily, effective Aug. 9; Mary Fuoss-Dickson, general food service worker at Mitchell High School, $12.75 per hour, 5.5 hours daily, effective Aug. 16; Carolyn Sivik, librarian at Mitchell High School, $16.48 per hour, effective Aug. 12; Hermelinda Sanchez, ENL paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School and Mitchell High School, $11 per hour, 7 hours daily, effective Aug. 18; Cammy Hilgendorf, paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers, $11.75 per hour, effective Aug. 30 and Leonard Schmit, maintenance, $15.90, effective Aug. 16.

  • The changes in hours for Lynn Meyer, paraeducator, 7.5 hours to 7 hours at L.B. Williams Elementary; Blair Overweg, paraeducator, 7 hours to 7.5 hours at L.B. Williams Elementary and Charlene Hilkemeier, paraeducator, 7.25 hours to 7 hours at Longfellow Elementary School. All changes are effective for the 2021-22 school year.

  • The resignation of Jamie Miller, paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective the 2021-22 school year.

  • The new Mitchell Technical College hires of Izaak Goldammer, diesel power technology instructor, $58,000, effective Aug. 23; Jaycee Hohn, admissions representative, $33,440, effective Aug. 30 and Nichole Simmermon, admissions representative, $33,936, effective Aug. 23.

  • The Mitchell Technical College resignation of Greg Kock, diesel power technology instructor, effective July 31, 2021.

Other business

Also at the Monday meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Consider approval of new policies and revised current policies related to legalization of medical cannabis on second reading.

  • Consider approval of new policies and revised current policies related to students in alternative instruction on first reading.

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent report.

  • Here public commentary.

The Mitchell Republic will livestream the meeting. The meeting is open to the public.