Superintendent evaluation on deck for Mitchell Board of Education

Yearly review set for Monday night

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MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education will conduct its yearly evaluation of the district superintendent at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

That meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 in the commons at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

The board is expected to enter an executive session to discuss the matter. Executive sessions, where the meeting is closed to the public and media, are allowed by state law in several instances, including:

  • To discuss personnel issue pertaining to officers or employees

  • Consideration of the performance or discipline of a student, or the student’s participation in interscholastic activities

  • Consulting with or reviewing communications from legal counsel about proposed or pending litigation or contractual matters

  • Employee contract negotiations

  • To discuss marketing or pricing strategies of a publicly-owned competitive business

Public boards may not vote in executive sessions. All votes must take place in open session.
Following the executive session, the board is expected to return to open session and consider offering its yearly contract extension to Joe Graves, superintendent of the district. This has typically been done without consideration of compensation. Compensation would be set in the spring when the board sets other administrative salaries.

The board is also expected to enter another separate executive session for discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.



Also at the meeting, the board is expected to consider the following personnel moves:

  • The new classified hires of Steven Runyon, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, $13.40, effective Jan. 4; Robert Pollard, custodian, $14 with 4 to 5 hours per day, effective Dec. 28, 2021; Henry Buss, driver of student to Sioux Falls daily for day school, $50 per trip, effective Jan. 3;

  • The new certified hire of Deb Thill, head track coach, $,4,219, effective 2021-22 school year.

  • The 6th class assignment of Danielle Erdmann, 6th class assignment; Robert Lemon, 6th class assignment and Heidi Cap, 6th class assignment. All assignment are effective Jan. 4.

  • The resignations of Conny Tschoepe, paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, effective Jan. 3; Sarah Klentz, paraeducator, effective Jan. 3 and Kim Strehlow, food service at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective Dec. 22.

  • The new Mitchell Technical College hires of Jessica Deinert, student success coach/counselor, $18,072, effective Jan. 31; Janet Nicolaus, CIS 171 adjunct instructor, $2,250, effective Jan. 10 and Roxanne Hunt, nursing clinical adjunct, $6,440, effective Jan. 10.

Other business
Also Monday night, the board is expected to:

  • Approve a bid for a Mitchell Technical College used digger derrick truck.

  • Set the date for the joint county/school election for June 7, 2022.

  • Hear board member reports.

  • Hear the superintendent report.

  • Hear public commentary.

The meeting is open to the public. The Mitchell Republic will livestream the meeting.

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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