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School board to consider new bus company

The Mitchell Board of Education could change the way students get to school. The board will consider approving a new five-year contract for bus services for the Mitchell School District during its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in t...

Mitchell residents will vote at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, 821 N. Capital St., today. Voters can cast their ballots for the mayoral race, a one-year school board seat, a three-year school board seat and members of Ward 3 for their council representative. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Mitchell residents will vote at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, 821 N. Capital St., today. Voters can cast their ballots for the mayoral race, a one-year school board seat, a three-year school board seat and members of Ward 3 for their council representative. (Matt Gade/Republic)

The Mitchell Board of Education could change the way students get to school.

The board will consider approving a new five-year contract for bus services for the Mitchell School District during its regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.

For the last 15 years, the school district has held a contract with Dietrich Bus Company. Nearing the end of the company's current five-year contract, the school issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a new five-year contract. The new contract will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2022.

Two proposals were received to provide regular student transportation on its bus routes and other various activities, such as sporting events.

The first proposal came from Dietrich Bus Company, the school district's current provider based in Valley City, North Dakota. The second proposal was submitted by Foreman Bus Company, based in Miller.

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Superintendent Joe Graves and Business Manager Steve Culhane will speak on the issue, as well as walk the board through the RFPs during Monday's meeting.

Personnel

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

• Transfers: Roxanne Ross, fourth-grade at L.B. Williams Elementary to special education at the middle school; effective 2017-18 school year.

• Resignations: Terriann Murray, 21st Century co-director, Longfellow Elementary, effective 2017-18 school year.

• Mitchell Technical Institute Certified New Hires: Kassie Marek, LPN instructor for the remainder of the year in summer 2017, compensation of $12,226, effective May 15; Dezarae Fenski, LPN instructor for the remainder of the year in summer 2017, compensation of$12,314, effective May 15; Daniel Zard, MCTEA welding instructor, compensation of $38,000, effective Aug. 1.

• MTI Resignation: David Koupal, FBM instructor, effective July 31; Kathy Meland, FBM Instructor, effective July 31; Beth Peschong, SLPA regional lab instructor, effective May 5.

Other business

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In other regular business, the board will:

• Recognize the SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference medal winners, Scholastic American Vision Medal state winner Bailey Kahler and teacher Marica Shannon. They will also recognize the winners of the recent state competitions held for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

• Consider declaring the MTI shop house and site hous surplus in order for it to be sold at auction. These houses were built as a part of MTI's instructional programming with full intention of a later sale, which will take place on June 5. The shop house is located at 1800 E. Spruce St. on Mitchell Tech's campus, while the site house is located at 708 Doris Drive. Legal description: Lot Fifteen (15) in Tract H, Wild Oak Golf Club Addition to the City of Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, subject to easements, reservations and restrictions.

• Hear the initial review of the FY18 budgets. In Monday's meeting, the food service and driver's education fund will be read.

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

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