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MHS begins interviews for activities director

Mitchell School District is one step closer to finding its next activities director. During the Mitchell Board of Education's regular meeting Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, Superintendent Joseph Graves announced in...

Mitchell School District is one step closer to finding its next activities director.

During the Mitchell Board of Education's regular meeting Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, Superintendent Joseph Graves announced interviews for the activities director position will begin Thursday.

"We're looking for someone who has an education background and a strong interest and hopefully experience in activities in both sports, fine arts, theatrics and academic competitions," Graves said.

Current Mitchell High School Activities Director Geoff Gross announced earlier this month that he would resign at the end of the school year.

Graves said at the meeting he's pleased with the applicant pool after taking in 20 applications, including two on Monday.

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Depending on how interviews go this week, Graves said he is unsure of when a final decision will be made on a hire.

Gross, hired in Mitchell in 2009, took a position with Beresford School District as assistant principal and activities director.

During Gross' tenure, Mitchell won five state championships and had 25 state placewinners. Gross helped raise money for the new video scoreboard at Joe Quintal Field, upgrades in the Mitchell High School weight room and helped the community of Mitchell host eight state tournaments during his tenure.

Personnel

As part of a consent agenda that includes board minutes, claims and open enrollment, the board approved the following personnel items:

• New hire (classified): Kelli Sullivan, custodian at Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy at $12.50 per hour, eight hours per day, effective May 16, 2016; Bryan Compas, assistant boys soccer coach at $1,576, effective 2016-17 school year; Jason Gebhard, assistant boys soccer coach at $1,576, effective 2016-17 school year.

• Transfers: Joshua Vlasman, middle school prep cook, 5.5 hours, to senior high ala carte, 7 hours, effective August 23, 2016; Lorna Sonne, senior high prep cook from 7 hours to 5.5 hours, effective August 23, 2016; Nancy Heckenlaible, senior high prep cook, 5 hours, to Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary prep cook, 4 hours, effective August 23, 2016; Linda Geidel, MCS cook, 4 hours, to senior high prep cook, 4 hours, effective August 23, 2016.

• Resignation: Ron Parks, varsity assistant track coach, effective at end of the 2015-16 school year, pending a suitable replacement.

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• Mitchell Technical Institute resignation: Nathan Bowman, instructional media developer, effective June 30, 2016.

Other Business

In other regular business, the board:

• Heard from a fifth-grade class from L.B. Williams Elementary School talk about its new project, called the Corn Palace Education Center. The grand opening will be on June 9 at 4:30 p.m. It will be open daily starting on June 1 through September 10.

• Approved the Mitchell High School Handbook for the 2016-17 school year.

• Approved the Elementary School Handbook for the 2016-17 school year. The book will see two changes from the previous year. The first change is attendance. The original statement said that if a student is absent after 10 days, the parents may receive a letter of concern. It now states if a student is "habitually absent from school without extenuating circumstances," so school officials do not have to wait until 10 days. This was changed to match the new state law on truancy. The second change added "watches" under the list of cellular devices that are impermissible items used during class time.

• Approved the copier bid from A&B Business for the next five years with a monthly lease totaling $2390.67. It covers the copiers and their maintenance for both K-12 and MTI.

• Approved the tentative agreement with the Mitchell Classified Education Association for the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 school years. The MCEA represents custodial/maintenance, food service, paraeducator and clerical employees.

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• Approved the insurance proposal by CorInsurance in Mitchell for the district's property and liability coverage, totaling $215,043. The other proposal was submitted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota, the district's current carrier, for $235,788. Business Manager Steve Culhane said they compared the two proposals side-by-side and overall, the two were identical. They have been with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota since 1992.

• Approved the renewal motion for the South Dakota School Districts Benefits Fund, which is the health insurance fund administered by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and Wellmark of South Dakota. The health insurance rate will increase 10 percent, starting in July 2016 through June 30, 2017.

• Approved the Associated School Boards workers' compensation fund, which is administered by the Associated School boards of South Dakota and Claim Associates of Sioux Falls. The total premium due is $164,339.

• Heard reports from school board members and the superintendent, and provided time for public commentary. One commentator was a parent of a recent graduate. She requested that the board looks into putting the graduation commencement ceremony on television for community members who can't make it.

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