Mitchell Board of Education recognized by ASBSD

Board receives bronze level award for participating in ALL program

Steve Culhane, business manager for the Mitchell School District, and Joe Graves, superintendent for the district, stand with Mitchell Board of Education members Lacey Musick, Deb Olson, Neil Putnam, Matthew Christiansen and Kevin Kenkel. The board was recently recognized for their work in enhancing their understanding of school board work by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.

The Mitchell Board of Education was recognized recently by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota for their work in broadening their expertise in school board work.

“Mitchell School Board members confirmed their commitment to their students, staff and community by striving to enhance their knowledge of school board work,” ASBSD executive director Wade Pogany said in a press release. “We’re happy to recognize the board for their efforts.”

The Mitchell board earned a bronze level award for their participation in the ASBSD board recognition program ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead and honors the work of boards who strive to enhance their knowledge base of board work.

The board will receive their ALL plaque acknowledging the award this fall.

More than one-third of the total number of public school boards in South Dakota received the ALL award.


“There’s a clear dedication among these school leaders to enhance public education both locally and statewide,” Pogany said.

The ASBSD is a private, non-profit association representing more than 850 South Dakota school board members, the 149 school districts they govern and the students they serve.

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Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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