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School board to consider 2018-19 budget

The Mitchell Board of Education will review various budgets at its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday in Room 10 of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.

The Mitchell Board of Education will review various budgets at its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday in Room 10 of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.

Budget issues will include consideration of a public hearing on the K-14 budgets for the district's schools (including Mitchell Technical Institute), approving a resolution for 2018-19 K-14 budgets and approving budget amendments for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

If passed, the budget would approve $437,650 for the district's general fund; $165,000 of this would go toward the Abbott House. Other increases would include funding for elementary school programs, media and technology.

The proposed budget would also require a tax increase request of 7.34 percent over the 2017-18 school year. This would be the first increase in tax requests since the 2015-16 school year.

Superintendent Joseph Graves, Business Manager Steve Culhane and MTI CFO Jared Hofer will elaborate on the budget by explaining information such as what the projected tax levy and opt-out amount will be, as well as what the school's tax share will be for property owners of the district. They are also expected to share MTI enrollment projections and tuition costs.

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Members of the public will be able to share their thoughts on the proposed budgets at the meeting.

Consent agenda, personnel

The consent agenda includes the following personnel changes.

New hires: Margaret Sivik, Elementary Title I; Heather Carlson, Title I teacher.

Transfers: Laura Smith, Title I para educator 17.5 hours per week to Title I para educator 35 hours per week; Jayme Gill, para educator at Mitchell Middle School to para educator and middle school yearbook sponsor.

Resignation: Lisa Beck, para educator and middle school yearbook sponsor.

Resignation and retirement: Dan Muck, director of technology, chief of security and director of PAC.

Mitchell Technical Institute resignations: Eric Schaffer, faculty; Shelly Colwell, custodian.

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Other business

In other matters, the board will consider:

• A second reading of the Mitchell Technical Institute Policy Series 1000-1200.

• Casting a ballot on an SDHSAA Division II representative (AD) and a Division IV representative (principal).

• Approving renewal motions and participation agreements with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota for the workmen's compensation fund and for the Protective Trust South Dakota School District Benefits Fund for the 2018-19 school year.

• Entering into executive session for the purpose of "discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee."

• Approving compensation increases for K-12 administrators for the 2018-19 school year.

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