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School board to recognize award-winning teacher and student groups

It's award season, and Mitchell School District is taking home its fair share. The Mitchell Board of Education will give a nod to several of those award winners today, including the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair award re...

It's award season, and Mitchell School District is taking home its fair share.

The Mitchell Board of Education will give a nod to several of those award winners today, including the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair award recipients; Mitchell School District's Destination Imagination teams for recent state awards and qualifying for the Global Finals; and Sherri Becker, who was named Outstanding Curriculum Leader for the state of South Dakota.

The recognitions will kick off the school board's regular meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. today at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy.

Personnel

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

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• New hire (certified): Cassondra Grogan, elementary art teacher at Longfellow and L.B. Williams elementaries/SPED academic tester at $36,350 plus pending increase, effective 2016-17 school year; McKinsey Tate, SH English language arts teacher at $40,000 plus pending increase, effective 2016-17 school year; Jennifer Randall, SH vocal music/K-12 vocal music teacher at $42,000 plus pending increase for teacher compensation, $7,250 for show choir director compensation and $2,490 for high school musical co-director, effective 2016-17 school year; Danieka Novak, elementary teacher at Longfellow at $36,000 plus pending increase, effective 2016-17 school year; Stetsen Eriksen, elementary teacher at Longfellow at $36,000 plus pending increase, effective 2016-17 school year; and Roxanne Ross, fourth-grade teacher at L.B. Williams at $36,000 plus pending increase and head eighth-grade volleyball coach at $1,692, effective 2016-17 school year.

• Early retirement/resignation: Nancy Leach, Mitchell High School Student Council, effective end of 2015-16 school year pending suitable replacement; Michelle Semmler, special education teacher at Longfellow, effective end of 2015-16 school year; Amanda Gilman, sideline winter cheer, effective end of 2015-16 school year, pending suitable replacement; and Whitney Millar, G.B. Rogers Elementary School teacher, effective end of 2015-16 school year.

• Transfer: Esther Witte, Longfellow third-grade teacher to Longfellow fifth-grade teacher, effective 2016-17 school year; and Skyler Heyden, Longfellow fourth-grade teacher to Longfellow second-grade teacher, effective 2016-17 school year.

• Mitchell Technical Institute new hire: Connie Kerns-Gramm, adjunct at $595, effective spring 2016; and Eric Schramm, adjunct at $1,050, effective spring 2016.

• MTI retirements/resignations: Vicki Wiese, vice president of Academics, effective June 30; Ron Thury, instructor, effective May 11; and Lynne Triebwasser, custodian, effective May 13.

Other business

In other regular business, the board will consider:

• Bids to evaluate services for the TAACCCT Round No. 4 grant. Two bids were received, one for $157,706 from Technology in Education and one for $170,000 from World Consulting LLC.

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• Declaring MTI shop and site houses surplus and permitting their sale through sealed bids or the auction process. The shop house is located at 1800 E. Spruce St. and the site house is at 724 Doris Drive. The site house's legal description is Lot No. 88 in Tract A and Tract C through J of Wild Oak Golf Club Addition in the SE ¼ of Section 23, T103N of the Fifth P.M. Davison County.

• Bids to purchase a backhoe for MTI programming. Two bids were received, one for a used 2012 Case 580N for $56,000 from Titan Machinery, and one for a used 2011 CAT 420E for $59,999 from Butler Machinery.

• Granting Dr. Melody Schopp, South Dakota Secretary of Education, authorization to execute a settlement agreement and mutual release on behalf of the Mitchell School District regarding claims against Gateway Companies Inc. and others.

• A bid to purchase a health care simulator. Round No. 3 TAACCCT grant awarded by the state for MTI technology/equipment has funding. One bid was received for $123,175 from Gaumard Scientific Co. Inc.

• Pledging $75,000 toward new tennis courts at Hitchcock Park, which is a city of Mitchell project.

• Reports from board members, the superintendent and provide time for public commentary.

• Entering into an executive session to prepare for "contract negotiations or negotiating with employees or employee representatives."

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