Mitchell Board of Education bid approval kicks off Mitchell Tech’s $10M diesel lab project – Mitchell Republic | Team Cansler

MITCHELL – Work on a new laboratory building for Ag Power Diesel at Mitchell Technical College will begin this fall after the Mitchell Board of Education approved the bid for the $10 million project.

The move was made by unanimous approval at the board meeting on Monday 14th November.

“We’ve been working on this for a while,” Mark Wilson, president of Mitchell Technical College, told the board.

The project has been in the works for around five years. The school is looking to construct a new Ag Power Diesel Lab building to better serve the needs of the related programs. The project stalled for a time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has since moved forward, with the bids for consideration being the latest step in the project’s realization.

Funding for the project, which is expected to cost around $10 million, came from two sources. Half came from a national donation and the remaining $5 million came in the form of a grant from the state of South Dakota.

With board approval of the bids received at an estimate of $9,756,969.97, construction could begin as early as Spring 2023. The bids were won by a number of different contractors who submitted the low bids for various aspects of the project. See the meeting agenda for a full list of contractors.

“We’re pretty excited. We believe the completion date will be December 15, 2023,” Wilson said. “It was an intense process. We truly believe we’ve hit the mark and we’re at, if not below, $10 million.”

Increasing construction costs and other obstacles presented themselves, but officials worked to change the design to meet cost requirements while preserving the parts of the building needed to aid related programs. Initial building estimates for the project were high, but constant review resulted in the school finally submitting a suitable design.

“It wasn’t without its hiccups. More than once we had to go back to the drawing board. Preliminary estimates were high,” Wilson said. “But we have more square feet than we originally had, and by cleaning some areas and restructuring some things, it ended up being a better design.”

The building’s latest design, which changed from a partially two-story design to a fully one-story design during the process, has an area of ​​about 36,434 square feet, Wilson said, and should give students better access to lab space to work on projects.

“In the end we got more retail space, which we really needed. That way we can open up labs, get more students to have projects available and work on engines,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the new building will allow for expansion of student enrollments in the building’s associated programs. About 100 students are likely to be directly affected by the new facilities, Wilson said.

Brittni Flood, a board member, said the new building should be a boon to the school, its programs and students.

“It’s very exciting to have space, not just for the diesel, but also for the Ag programs,” Flood said.

Deb Olson, chair of the Mitchell Board of Education, said the work of Mitchell Technical College officials to ensure the new building meets student needs while being mindful of costs has paid off.

“Seems like it’s been in the process for a long time. Our patience has paid off,” Olson said.

The board approved the return-to-school protocols for the second semester of the 2022-23 school year.

The minutes, which were unchanged compared to the first semester, were unanimously accepted by the board. The federal government requires the board of education to keep under review the return-to-school protocols adopted by the school district. According to Graves, the federal government requires schools to have COVID-19 protocols in place by this time.

Graves also provided information on the design and bidding process for the proposed new high school building.

Graves said designers and supervisors of the proposed new high school project had requested an extension of a few weeks to tighten specifications for the new building to secure the best prices in the bidding process.

Offers were originally due to be presented at Monday night’s meeting, but the additional work will push that schedule back, likely to the December board meeting.

“They found that one problem was that the specs weren’t as tight as they’d like, (and) they’d like a few more weeks.” It will be presented to you at the December meeting. We’re just trying to get the best prices possible,” Graves said.

The Executive Board approved the following personnel decisions:

  • The New Classified Setting by Angela Herrick, Paraeducator at Mitchell High School, $13.75 and 7 hours daily, effective November 14.
  • The New Certified Hire of McKenzie Mertens, Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach, $3,937, effective beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
  • The change in hours for Cody Jenkins, paraeducator at Mitchell High School, from 3.5 hours per day to 3 hours per day, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The resignations of Deb Lunder, Food Service at Longfellow Elementary, effective October 30, and Dawn Swenson, Administrative Assistant, effective November 15.
  • The transfer of Amanda Klein, Food Service at Mitchell High School, to Paraeducator at Mitchell Middle School, effective October 24.
  • The Mitchell Technical College Hire by Matt Bilden, professional driver’s license instructor, $40,327.78, effective November 7.

Also at the meeting, the Board:

  • Heard a report on the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce.
  • Approved on first reading a revision of Board Policy 1141, Facility Sharing.
  • Approved a revised comprehensive special education plan for the Mitchell School District for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Declared excess item.
  • Heard reports from board members.
  • Heard the Superintendent’s report, including a brief review of the district record.

The next meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education is scheduled for December 12 at Mitchell High School.

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