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School board to review recent election results

The Mitchell Board of Education will canvass and consider approving the results of the June 5 school board election tonight. If it does so, it would also certify that incumbent board members Neil Putnam and Theresa Kriese are the official winners...

Joe Graves
Joe Graves

The Mitchell Board of Education will canvass and consider approving the results of the June 5 school board election tonight. If it does so, it would also certify that incumbent board members Neil Putnam and Theresa Kriese are the official winners of that election.

Superintendent Joe Graves said the board is aware that the election's results are being challenged by board candidate Craig Guymon, who filed a complaint in Circuit Court on June 15 officially contesting the results of the election.

"We've been advised by our attorney to move forward and to canvass the election results as normal," Graves said Sunday.

If the legal challenge changes the results of the election, the board would abide by the judge's decision, Graves said.

Guymon, who came in a distant third in the election, said last week that he does not expect his challenge to change the election's outcome, but he wants assurance that votes were correctly counted. In the civil complaint he has requested a hand count or a new election.

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The June 5 election was marred by what is being termed machine error and the Davison County Auditor's Office recounted the ballots twice on June 7. The totals for all candidates changed, but the winners announced on Election Night did not.

The school board will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. today in Room 116 at the Mitchell Technical Institute north campus, 821 N. Capital St.

The board will also consider:

  • Approving a bid for K-12 carpets for the school district.
  • A supplemental budget request for $145,000 from Mitchell Technical Institute.
  • Approving, on second reading, a review of board policies on fiscal management, support services and facilities development.
  • Approving, on second reading, a new board policy on Internet safety.
  • Approving, on second reading, revisions to board policy on community use of K-12 facilities.
  • Approving a revised resolution relating to the sale of $500,000 in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds.
  • Approving the following personnel items:

New hires: Teresa Bannwarth, school nurse, Mitchell High School and L. B. Williams Elementary school, 5.5 hours daily at $17 an hour, effective in August; Joseph Brtna, ag mechanic/instructor, MTI, $45,000 a year, effective Aug. 1; Leah Christensen, senior meals cook, Mitchell Middle School, eight hours a day at $10.58 an hour, effective July 2; Connie Kerns-Grams, online business instructor, MTI, $35,000 a year, effective Aug.1 ; Janelle Guericke, agriculture business instructor, MTI, $45,000 a year effective Aug. 1; Kempton Olney, propane/natural gas instructor, MTI, $42,000 a year, effective Aug. 1.
New hires (extra-curricular): Jordyn Heath, assistant middle school volleyball coach, $1,424, effective for the 2012-2013 school year.

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