(KMIT – Mitchell, SD) In a special meeting last night, the Mitchell School Board approved a base bid of just over $45.5 million for a new high school. That’s about $17 million less than estimated, but it also leaves out several athletic facility upgrades, including a main gymnasium, locker rooms, weight rooms, and an auxiliary gym. The board voted 4-1 to approve the project, with Terry Aslesen (ass-listen) voting no.
Puetz (pitts) Design and Build will be the construction manager for the project. The bid for the project is good for 30 days. Board member Brittni Flood said timing is a factor.
The board will consider a public bond issue vote to help complete the project. The amount would likely be around $20 million. That issue is expected to be discussed further at a future Mitchell School Board meeting. The approval for the new high school is the final action by the school board during Dr. Joe Graves’s tenure as Mitchell Schools Superintendent.