The Mitchell School Board on Monday night unanimously approved the 24.865 million dollar K-12 budget for the upcoming school year. The budget includes a general fund of 15.2 million dollars, a capital outlay fund of 4.2 million dollars, a special education fund of 3.5 million dollars, a food service fund of 1.6 million dollars, and a pension fund of nearly 322,000 dollars. The board did not include 400,000 dollars in opt-out money that had been part of an earlier draft of the budget. A decision on opt-out dollars may be made in September. The new budget will cost the owner of a 100,000 dollar home in the school district about 944 dollars per year, a 4.6 percent increase over last year.
New school board members Deb Olson and Rick Johnson were sworn into office. They replace outgoing members Brenda Freidel and Eric Christensen. Theresa Kriese was re-elected president of the school board, while Dana Price was re-elected vice-president.