Mitchell Board of Education approves $750K purchase agreement for former MTC diesel building – Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — A Mitchell Technical College building that previously housed the diesel training center will soon be sold.

The Mitchell Board of Education approved a $750,000 purchase agreement on Monday that will sell the vacant MTC diesel training center to Spencer Quarries.

Scott Fossum, MTC vice president of operations and human resources, said the appraised value of the building came in at $750,000. The sale price matched the appraised value.

“We received a qualifying offer on the diesel training center that we have now vacated,” Fossum said.

According to Fossum, the building received a $750,000 bid from Spencer Quarriers after the property was declared surplus in 2022. The building was listed on the market through a local real estate agency.

With the Board of Education’s approval of the purchase agreement, it positions MTC to close on the building in February.

The vacant 7,270-square-foot diesel lab building is located at 115 Pepsi St., which is not situated on MTC’s campus along Interstate 90.

A new $10 million Ag Power Diesel building is currently being constructed on MTC’s campus.

The Ag Power Diesel building, which will be annexed into the northeast corner of the Nordby Trades Center, will feature state-of-the-art power and light truck labs, effectively completing Mitchell Technical College’s plan to bring all of its programs to one campus on East Spruce Street.

“It’s just exciting to get everyone on campus with the new diesel building,” Fossum said.

Board offers superintendent two-year contract extension

Joe Childs’ performance as the superintendent of the Mitchell School District has exceeded the expectations of the governing body overseeing his role.

The Mitchell Board of Education offered Childs a two-year contract extension. The board’s decision was made after an executive session that entailed evaluating Childs’ performance.

The contract extension was an offer for Childs to consider. If Childs accepts the contract in the near future, Mitchell Board of Education President Deb Olson said Childs’ salary will be determined at a later date.

Olson had high praise for Childs’ performance as the district’s superintendent.

“I think I speak for all of the board in saying that we are extremely satisfied with how things have gone since he has been superintendent,” Olson said of Childs.

Childs was tabbed to lead the school district this year after longtime Superintendent Joe Graves departed to become South Dakota’s Secretary of Education.

Sam Fosness

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.