The Mitchell Board of Education will review the Mitchell School District goals for the 2021-22 school year when it meets Monday.

The meeting, which will be held in the Mitchell High School library, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Masks are recommended for the meeting but are not required, according to the agenda.

The board approves a set of district goals every year, according to Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District. Those goals can change from year to year, but for the most part they remain generally unchanged.

“There is a strong overlap with past years’ goals but also some new items,” Graves said in his comments in the meeting agenda. “Some goals which have been achieved and become simply part of our operations have been deleted. Other goals have been revised. Still others have been added as the district has begun moving in new directions or been provided with new challenges by the state or federal government.”

Among the district goals to be discussed is the 5-year facilities plan, which includes funding progress for the proposed new Mitchell High School building. That involves bringing the district capital outlay fund up over the course of the next several years:

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  • $3,500,000 by June 30, 2022

  • $4,500,000 by June 30, 2023

  • $5,500,000 by June 30, 2024

  • $6,500,000 by June 30, 2025.

Also listed among the district goals is to fully implement the South Dakota Next Generation Accountability Model, to meet additional student achievement goals, develop a district-wide professional development plan and setting program level goals at district schools.

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

  • The new classified hires of Courtney Andersen, head cook at Mitchell High School, $16 per hour at 7 hours per day, effective Sept. 7; Anthony De La Torre, CCC instructor at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary and Longfellow Elementary, $13.50, effective Sept. 2 and Cheryle Aslesen, L.B. Williams Elementary Power Strong Interventionist, $25,000, effective Sept. 1.

  • The 6th class assignments of Nikki Rodas, Daniele Erdmann, Heidi Cap and Bob Lemon. All assignments are effective for the 2021-22 school year.

  • The resignation of Lisa Vermeulen, computer aide at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary and Longfellow Elementary, effective Sept. 3.

  • The new Mitchell Technical College hires of Jacob Anderson, substation temp student hire, $12 and Brandon Edwards, substation temp student hire, $12. Both hires are effective Sept. 9.

Other business

In other business, the board is expected to:

  • Appoint a delegate to the Associated School Boards of South Dakota delegate assembly.

  • Consider a bid for purchasing welders for Mitchell Technical College.

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

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent report.

  • Hear public commentary.

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