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School board to consider granting land to Mitchell's aquatic center project

The Mitchell School District could make four moves Monday to keep the city's $8 million aquatic center project on track. On Monday, the Mitchell Board of Education will consider granting a temporary easement, granting a permanent easement, declar...

One year ago Mitchell residents approved an $8 million aquatic center to be built onto the Mitchell Recreation Center. (Matt Gade / Republic)
One year ago Mitchell residents approved an $8 million aquatic center to be built onto the Mitchell Recreation Center. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell School District could make four moves Monday to keep the city's $8 million aquatic center project on track.

On Monday, the Mitchell Board of Education will consider granting a temporary easement, granting a permanent easement, declaring a land parcel as a surplus and whether to approve land transfer to the city of Mitchell in conjunction with the aquatic center construction project.

The $8 million aquatic center had its official groundbreaking on March 1, and is expected to be completed in 2018.

At a previous meeting, the Mitchell Board of Education agreed to transfer a parcel of land to the city, providing a location for the project to be built. It also provided a small parcel surrounding the structure. To fulfill this promise, the board will need to take four actions on Monday during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy (MCTEA).

The first action would grant a temporary easement to the city for use during the construction project. The second would grant a permanent easement to the city for drainage and storm sewer. The third action would declare surplus the parcel of land to be transferred to the city. And the final action would transfer that parcel of land to the city.

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The city and school district have "enjoyed a strong, mutually beneficial relationship for decades," the board book states, including partnerships in joint use agreements for facilities and land and property exchanges without cost to either entity.

The board will also consider authorizing the resignations of three boys basketball coaches following the Kernels' 0-21 season. Head Coach Erik Skoglund, Assistant Coach Craig Mock and ninth-grade Coach Clinton Kiewel have all submitted resignations effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Personnel

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

• Certified Resignations: Tiffany Schaefers, elementary teacher at L.B. Williams Elementary School, effective the end of 2016-17 school year; Taylor Schramm, head seventh grade volleyball coach, effective the end of the 2016-17 school year; Clinton Kiewel, ninth-grade boys basketball coach, effective the end of the 2016-17 school year; Craig Mock, assistant boys basketball coach, effective the end of the 2016-17 school year; Erik Skoglund, head boys basketball coach, effective the end of the 2016-17 school year.

• MTI New Hires: Travis Reimnitz, professional truck driver instructor, compensation of $17,413, effective April 3.

• MTI Resignation: Laura Miller, instructor, effective Feb. 15.

Other business

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In other regular business, the board will:

• Hear a report from Seanna Regynski, a consultant from the South Dakota State Department of Education, on the ProStart competitions being held at MCTEA Monday and Tuesday.

• Consider approval of purchase two vehicles from the National Alliance Contract. The Mitchell School District is a part of the National Joint Powers Alliance, which allows school districts to purchase items through nationally competitively bid contracts. Through the contract, the district was able to purchase a 2017 Suburban through the bidding process of the Alliance. Working with Vern Eide, the school district secured two vehicles for $43,705.51. The contract price was $43,968.64 each. The vehicles are being purchased because current vehicles are showing signs of age and deterioration, the board report states. Funds for the new vehicles are taken from the Capital Outlay fund.

• Approve purchase agreement for the sale of the Mitchell Technical Institute Marine building and land. In November 2015, the Mitchell Board of Education declared this same property surplus. The property can be sold as long as sale price exceeds 90 percent of the appraised value. The appraised value of the property is $185,000. Arlen Schuh, of Schuh Rental Properties, made an offer of $170,000, or approximately 91.9 percent of the appraised value.

• Hear a superintendent's report, the board members' report and public commentary.

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