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School panel to take first look at '11-'12 budget today

The Mitchell Board of Education will take its first look at the K-12 budget for the 2011-2012 school year when it meets in regular session at 5 p.m. today in Room 116 at the Mitchell Technical Institute north campus, 821 N. Capital St.

The Mitchell Board of Education will take its first look at the K-12 budget for the 2011-2012 school year when it meets in regular session at 5 p.m. today in Room 116 at the Mitchell Technical Institute north campus, 821 N. Capital St.

The board has struggled during recent meetings with the effects of state budget cuts that will cost the Mitchell district $792,000 next year, a cut of 6.6 percent. Additional actions today will refine the effect of those cuts on extracurricular programs.

The board will also be given MTI's preliminary budget for review and will consider approving the district's negotiated agreement with the Mitchell Area Technical Educators for the coming school year.

That agreement gives no raises but maintains benefits at current levels.

District negotiations with the Mitchell Education Association, which represents Mitchell teachers, begin this week, Superintendent Joe Graves said.

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The board will also:

  • Hear a presentation by the Longfellow Elementary School Parent Teachers Association.
  • Hear a presentation by Pat Moller and Laura Shumaker on student response systems.
  • Consider a bid of nearly $63,800 for new playground equipment for Longfellow.
  • Consider on, second reading, policy changes that will reduce funding for student activities and national competitions involving students.
  • Make a recommendation to the election of a school board representative to the South Dakota Retirement System.
  • Consider action to declare a house built by MTI students as surplus property so that it may be sold.
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