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Mitchell school board to consider ASBSD delegate

The Mitchell Board of Education will be sending a new face to this year's Associated School Board's annual meeting this year. Each year, members of the Associated School Board of South Dakota set their legislative agenda through the adoption of l...

The Mitchell Board of Education will be sending a new face to this year's Associated School Board's annual meeting this year.

Each year, members of the Associated School Board of South Dakota set their legislative agenda through the adoption of legislative resolutions at the assembly, and share the districts view on key topics. Typically, Mitchell's Neil Putnam, vice president of Mitchell's school board, has represented Mitchell, but he is unable to attend this year's meeting due to other obligations, according to the agenda for the meeting.

So, during Tuesday's Mitchell school board meeting, members will vote another representative to attend the Nov. 16 Associated School Board of South Dakota gathering in Fort Pierre. The Mitchell Board of Education meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School. The meeting was moved to Tuesday rather than the typical Monday due to Native American Day.

Also at the meeting, the board will recognize the Mitchell Art Department for repeated sweepstakes win at the state fair and recognize individual students who earned blue ribbons at the state fair. Marica Shannon and Alyson Palmer will be honored for grant awards from the South Dakota Arts Council, and Brittney Eide will be recognized for being named Region 3 assistant principal of the year.

Second reading on school service animal policy

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Superintendent Joe Graves will present a revised policy laying out the conditions under which service animals are to be permitted in schools, along with a number of other relevant issues related to their use in a school setting.

"I drafted this policy, borrowing heavily from the ASBSD model policy and after conversations with Tracy Christensen, our special services director," Graves said.

Service animals at schools in the district are still rare, but becoming more common, confirmed the board. Mitchell's school district has always allowed service animals on school grounds, but found it necessary to adopt a written policy.

Personnel

As part of the consent agenda, the following personnel moves are before the board:

New Hires: Bethany Amundson, Show Pit Director at $4,077, effective Sep. 15;

Nancy Crago, custodian at Mitchell High School, at $13 per hour, eight hours per day, effective Sep. 17, 2018.

Yearbook: Jayme Gill, Mitchell Middle School, at $1,030, effective Aug. 22, 2018; Deanna Hoffman: Volunteer Chaperone for the National Future Farmers of America Convention, Indianapolis, effective Oct. 24-27.

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Other business

In other business, the board will:

• Consider consent agenda to include board minutes, claims, personnel, open enrollment and conflicts of interest.

• Consider approving Board Policy 1054: Service Animals at School.

• Appoint delegate to 2018 ASBSD Delegate Assembly.

• Inform and motion to approve the board input on the 2018 ASBSD legislative resolutions/standing positions and consideration to submit a resolution.

• Declare two MCTEA Auto Mechanics Program vehicles as surplus.

• Hear board member report, superintendent report and public commentary.

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• Tour the Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary campus.

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