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Mitchell Board of Education to consider administration salaries – Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — The Mitchell Board of Education will consider administrator salaries for the 2022-23 school year at its upcoming meeting.

The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Room 10 at the Mitchell Career & Technical Education Academy.

The board will consider the salaries of 14 administrators in the district. Joe Graves, superintendent for the Mitchell School District, is recommending a 6% raise for those administrators.

“As compensation increases for certified and classified employees are now determined, the finance formula amount — 6% — is known, and the health insurance increase of 2% announced, I am prepared to recommend administration compensation levels for the 2022-23 school year,” Graves said in his agenda notes. “I am recommending that the district offer a contract to each of the following administrators, based on their 2021-22 salary amount.”

Salaries shown below are for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Cory Aadland, activities director, $87,711
  • Sherri Becker, curriculum director (0.7 FTE), $59,685
  • Leann Carmody, food services director, $69,407
  • Joe Childs, Mitchell High School principal, $106,962
  • Steve Culhane, business manager, $120,550
  • Chris Gubbrud, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary principal, $74,766
  • Lisa Heckenlaible, Longfellow Elementary principal, $80,504
  • Levi Hohn, technology director, $59,871
  • Craig Mock, Mitchell High School assistant principal, $87,727
  • Bobby Reindl, Mitchell Middle School assistant principal, $64,770
  • Becky Roth, L.B. Williams Elementary principal, $86,315
  • John Sieverding, buildings and grounds director, $72,964
  • Shane Thill, Mitchell High School assistant principal/Second Chance director, $83,129
  • John Tyler, Mitchell Middle School principal, $81,600

The board may also consider the 2022-23 compensation for Graves, which as of the 2021-22 school year was $154,403.
Review of those salaries may result in an executive session of the board.

The board is also expected to conduct their regular review of various board policies at the meeting.

The board reviews three sections of board policies such that the entire K-12 board book is reviewed every four years. This summer, the sections to be reviewed include sections 1000 to 1200. Those policies and the recommended changes can be found in the materials provided to the board.

The full policies can be found under the

School Board Policy section

of the school district website.

The board is expected to act on the following personnel moves:

  • The new certified hires of Amanda Lynch, science teacher at Mitchell High School, $48,500; Anthony DeLaTorre, social studies at Second Chance High, $44,750; Mackenzie Larson, $48,628; Sydnee Foster, elementary teacher, $47,000; Heather Kayser, elementary teacher and middle school assistant track coach, $47,000, $1,319 for assistant track coach compensation; Jenna Miller, 7th grade math, 6th and 8th grade CTE teacher at Mitchell Middle School, $49,453; Ashley Brua, 1st and 2nd grade looping teacher, $50,250; Victory Erwin, 8th grade ELA teacher at Mitchell Middle School, $53,836; Charlotte Haag, special education at Longfellow Elementary, $47,000; Hannah Wehlander, music teacher at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary and MS musical, $47,000, $1,479 for music compensation; Corey Flatten, 8th grade ELA at Mitchell Middle School and 9th grade football coach, $50,500, $3,281 for football coaching compensation; Jordan McKean, PH/W teacher at Mitchell Middle School, VS assistant track coach, 9th grade football assistant coach, $47,000, $2,637 VS. assistant track coach compensation and $2,370 for 9th grade assistant football coach compensation; Jacey Jira, 21st Century Grant co-director at Longfellow Elementary, $10,999. All moves are effective for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The new classified hire of Hannah Ziebarth, paradeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary, $14 per hour, 7 hours a day, effective 2022-23 school year.
  • The request to rescind leave of absence for Allison Pierson, ELA teacher at Mitchell Middle School, effective 2022-23 school year.
  • The transfers of Sara Steckel, CTE teacher at Mitchell Middle School to 7th grade math at Mitchell Middle School and Chad Lentsch, 8th grade earth science at Mitchell Middle School to 7th life science, both effective 2022-23 school year.
  • A leave of absence for Kelsey Berletic, 7th grade math teacher at Mitchell Middle School, effective end of 2021-22 school year.
  • The resignations of Kailyn Huska, speech and debate coach at Mitchell High School, effective end of 2021-22 school year pending suitable replacement; Walter Moody, elementary teacher currently on leave of absence; Kelli Mueller, science teacher at Mitchell Middle School, effective end of 2021-22 school year; Nicole Nelson, elementary teacher at Longfellow Elementary, effective end of 2021-22 school year; Catherine Woodmansey, music teacher at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective end of 2021-22 school year; Mika Faulhaber, elementary school teacher at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, effective end of 2021-22 school year; Cole Knippling, math teacher at Mitchell High School and head girls basketball coach, effective end of 2021-22 school year; Nikki Rodas, spanish teacher at Mitchell High School, effective end of 2021-22 school year; Monica Alm, 3rd grade teacher at L.B. Williams Elementary School, effective end of the 2021-22 school year; Natasha Stern, paradeducator at L.B. Williams Elementary, effective April 14, 2022; Alexandra Davis, ELA teacher at Mitchell High School, effective end of 2021-22 school year and Sterling Dockweiler, freshman football coach at Mitchell High School, effective end of 2021-22 school year pending suitable replacement.
  • The retirement of Marcy Jones, PH/W teacher at Mitchell Middle School, effective end of the 2021-22 school year.
  • The new Mitchell Technical College hires of Lisa Tischler, campus store assistant, $18 per hour, effective April 1, 2022; Heather Kulm admissions representative, $8,640 through June 30, effective April 25, 2022 and Donna Peterson, temporary summer custodian, $15 per hour, effective May 9, 2022.
  • The Mitchell Technical College resignations of Jamie McGowan, Jr., admissions representative, effective March 15, 2022 and Brian Roberts, wind turbine energy instructor, effective end of the 2021-22 school year.

Also Monday, the board is expected to:

  • Consider approval of a workers’ compensation settlement through the Associated School Boards of South Dakota Protective Trust. An executive session may a part of this approval.
  • Consider declaring the Mitchell Technical College Training Center Building as surplus in order that it may be sold at a future date.
  • Consider authorizing membership in the South Dakota High School Activities Association.
  • Consider approval of an adoption and renewal motion and participation agreement with the ASBSD for Protective Trust South Dakota School District Benefits Fund for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Consider a resolution to approve ASBSD Protective Trust Powers Agreement and Bylaws for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Consider renewal motion and participation agreement with the ASBSD for Workmen’s Compensation Fund for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Hear board member reports.
  • Hear the superintendent’s report.
  • Hear public commentary.

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


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