Mitchell Board of Education gives go-ahead for girls softball in 2022-23 – Mitchell Republic

MICHEL – Softball will soon be an option for girls in the Mitchell School District.

At its last meeting on Monday, February 14 at the Mitchell Academy of Careers and Technical Education, the Mitchell Education Council approved the addition of softball for girls to the list of available, school-approved, classes.

Board members Kevin Kenkel, Deb Olson, Sean Raml and Matt Christiansen voted for the figure. Board member Britney Flood was not present at Monday’s meeting.

Joe Graves, head of the Mitchell School District, said adding another spring sport for girls will help improve the educational experience of students in the Mitchell School District.

“(South Dakota High School Association) has previously approved the sport as accredited. We would like to offer this, “Graves told the board on Monday.” We believe there will be a lot of involvement in ESD as well as with other groups. Our goal is to offer our students everything possible. ”

SDHSAA approved the new sport as spring rather than fall, which played an important role in making it in Mitchell’s school district. Softball is already a club sport in the fall, but this move on Monday makes softball an officially sanctioned school event for Mitchell to take place in the spring.

Cory Adland, director of Mitchell County School Activities, said allowing softball in the spring is likely to allow more girls to participate. There are six women’s sports in the Mitchell school district this fall, but two in the spring. He also said he expects the girls participating in the club softball are likely to also take part in the fall offer.

“I talked to the softball club and they played for it in the spring,” Adland said. “The club season will remain in the fall and we will have nothing to do with it. But they want it too, so we are happy with the situation. “

The proposal included approving an estimated annual budget of $ 20,000. This will cover essential items of the program, such as head and assistant coaches, professional services, housing, materials, contract buses, and fees and charges.

Graves said there will also be some “one-time” costs, though he clarified that those costs will eventually come back if the equipment wears out and needs to be replaced. Items covered by this part of the budget include uniforms, belts, shorts, bats and softball.

Adland said perhaps the county could also add a softball program for high school, and felt it could be done within the announced budget.

Sarah Sebert, a student representative who attended Monday night’s meeting, said the sanctioned softball plans in the spring sound encouraging.

“I think it would be very, very successful,” Sebert said.

Claire Hag, another student representative at the meeting, agreed.

“I personally know a lot of girls who play summer sports, but there are so few of them in the spring that it would be a great opportunity to attract new people and captivate people with new sports,” Hag said.

Graves said giving more opportunities to participate in activities helps enhance the educational experience of area students, including in their academic endeavors.

“When they do (participate in events), their grades go up. And we have achieved great success in all our activities, ”Graves said.

In the 2022-23 school year it is planned to start the spring offer on softball.

Pursuant to SDCL 1-25-2 (1), the Board entered into a management session lasting approximately 11 minutes to discuss the qualifications, competencies, performance, nature of suitability of any government official or employee or potential government official or employee.

Returning to the open meeting, Board member Sean Raml petitioned “to reject the employee’s complaint and to approve and accept the findings of fact, conclusions, law and decision prepared and submitted to the hearing officer.”

The council approved the decision by 4-0 votes, with Flood absent. Neither Deb Olson, chairman of Mitchell’s Board of Education, nor Graves had any comments regarding the executive session after the meeting.

The Board approved the following staff relocations:

  • Newly certified employees are Caitlin Clement, a winter entertainment coach, $ 2,165 starting the 2021-22 school year, and Morgan Ostus, stressed, $ 44,750 starting the 2022-23 school year.
  • New announcements about hiring Jordan McKin, Mitchell High School educator, $ 14 starting Jan. 18; Jessica Bencoma, a public catering worker at Mitchell High School, $ 14 – 5.5 hours daily, starting January 31, 2022; Carla Schuldt, head chef at Mitchell High School, $ 16, from February 7, 2022, and Mason Kobold, catering worker at Mitchell High School, $ 12, from January 31, 2022.
  • The resignation of Morgan Taft, ELA teacher at Mitchell High School, on May 27, 2022; Erin Fawkes, SPOOFED instructor, end of 2021-22 school year; Jasmine Want, a social studies teacher at Second Chance High School, end of the 2021-22 school year; Jack Kirchmaier, custodian, is in effect on January 31, 2022, and Megan Sarn, fourth-grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, end of the 2021-22 school year.
  • Vacation for Amanda Hargreaves, sixth-grade teacher at Mitchell High School, end of the 2021-22 school year.
  • Mitchell Technical College employs Keaton Benson, a temporary substation student, $ 12 per hour, effective January 12, 2022, and David Lobot, a replacement welding instructor, $ 20 per hour, effective January 24, 2022.
  • On June 30, 2022, John Himstra, vice president of operations, will retire from Mitchell Technical College.

Another thing
Also at the meeting on February 14 the board:

  • Heard a report from Mitchell’s Chamber of Commerce.
  • The audit report for the 2020-21 financial year has been adopted.
  • He announced a surplus house on the grounds of Mitchell Technical College so that it could be sold at a closed rate.
  • Approved an agreement on membership in the East South Dakota Food Procurement Group (6 years).
  • Heard the reports of the board members.
  • Heard the report of the head.
  • Heard a public comment.

The next meeting of the Mitchell Education Council is scheduled for Monday, March 14, 2022, at the Mitchell Academy of Careers and Technical Education.

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