Mitchell Board of Education to consider budget supplements

COVID-19 pandemic caused expenditure increases

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The Mitchell Board of Education will consider the adoption of budget supplements at its next meeting June 28.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy commons.

Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, said in the meeting agenda notes that budget supplements for a school district the size of Mitchell are not uncommon, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic threw schools a number of curveballs that caused unavoidable increases in expenditures.

“Budget supplements occur in a district our size every year. The ‘pandemic year,’ in particular, proved to be one with an unusual number of such,” Graves said.

Under state law, school district spending must be approved by the board of education through the budgeting process. That usually means that expenditures are covered by the budget approved annually by the board. On occasion, an additional significant expenditure becomes necessary and the board can approve those in advance through a budget amendment.


When an additional significant expenditure is necessary that becomes evident at or near the conclusion of the budget, a budget supplement is necessary. A budget supplement is the board’s formal acknowledgement of the additional expenditures.

For K-12, the board will consider budget supplements of $842,665 in the general fund, $447,000 in the capital outlay fund, $20,000 in the special education fund, $2,000 in the drivers education fund and $250,000 in the food service fund.

Most of the budget supplements have to do with expenditure increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Graves said.

The board is expected to hear public input on the 2021-22 budget and will then consider approval of the budget itself. The adopted annual budget would be $20,583,158 in the general fund, $4,572,770 in the capital outlay fund, $2,086,469 in the food service fund, $5,056,047 in the special education fund and $25,392,215 in the combined Mitchell Technical College post-secondary funds.

Tax levies would be as follows: general fund, $1.409 per $1,000 ag valuation (maximum levies allowed); special education fund, $1.670 per $1,000 of total valuation (maximum allowed); capital outlay fund, $4,550,000 in taxes requested (or maximum that can be raised). The opt-out amount will be at zero.


The board is expected to consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new certified hires of Kendra Clark, 7th assistant girls basketball coach, $1,857; Kimberly Bruguier, assistant marching band, $2,040 and Bethan Amundson, drumline, $2,346. All new certified hires are effective the 2021-22 school year.

  • The new classified hires of John Fitzier, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, $15 per hour/7.5 hours and Charlene Hilkemeier, paraeducator at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School, $12.25 per hour/7.25 hours. Both classified hires are effective Aug. 18, 2021.

  • The transfers of Erin Miller, special education paraeducator at Longfellow Elementary School to computer aide/special education paraeducator at Longfellow Elementary School and Connie Tschoepe, special education paraeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary School to special education paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School. Both transfers are effective for the 2021-22 school year.

  • The resignations of Cassey Ver Hey, basketball cheer coach, effective 2021-22 school year and Scott Heide, maintenance, effective June 11, 2021.

Other business


Also at the meeting, the board is expected to:

  • Consider approval of the high school handbook for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Consider approval of holding a public hearing on the 2021-22 K-14 budgets of the Mitchell School District, including Mitchell Technical College.

  • Consider approval of a resolution to adopt the 2021-22 K-14 budgets.

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent’s report.

  • Hear public commentary.

The meeting is open to the public.

Related Topics: EDUCATION
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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