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Mitchell sworn into CSF board

ON BOARD: Mandi Mitchell was sworn in as the newest member before the start of Tuesday's regular meeting of the Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Trustees.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Lifelong Frankfort resident and Frankfort High School alumna Mandi Mitchell was sworn in as the Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Trustee's newest member moments before Tuesday evening's regular meeting at the Education and Administration Center.

Mitchell applied and was selected for the District 5 seat on the board after former District 5 representative Jeff Tatum resigned on March 11.

“I have always thought about it,” Mitchell said of joining the school board. “In a society where kids seem to be told, 'No, you can't do this. No, you can't do that,' I want to be part of an organization that is telling kids, 'Yes, you can do what you want to do, and we are going to equip you with the means to do that.”

Mitchell is the corporation treasurer for the Clinton Prairie School Corporation.

“Mandi Mitchell has been a lifelong resident of this community,” said CSF Superintendent Don DeWeese. “She has three children that go to Frankfort High School. She is vested in this community, and she is very proud and vested in this school district. In her day job, she works in school finance at Clinton Prairie, so her expertise can be so critical and helpful as a board member. But then, just her vested interest in this school district – I think Mandi is going to be an outstanding board member.”

Mitchell was preparing for her new responsibilities as a board member leading up to her swearing in.

“They have a new board member manual, and I work at one of the neighboring schools, so I am familiar with a lot of the things that we went through tonight – the polices and such,” she said. “Some of that was already familiar. But, I went through the board packet and outlined any questions that I had and sought those answers. I also toured all of the schools in the district with assistant superintendent (Joel) McKinney. Taking those tours was very insightful to the needs of our children and what is being done to meet them.

“I absolutely love the variety of classes that Community Schools of Frankfort offers at the high school level,” she added. “I have children who attend there, and I have told them, 'If there is something of interest, if you take it you are going to find out if you want to learn more about this.' Hopefully, they can have an idea of what they want to do for their career before they leave high school. If not, they are at least going to have a good variety of things they tried out to see if that is the path they want.”

Board president Karen Sutton says she is delighted to have Mitchell on board.

“She is a graduate of Frankfort, and with her three kids in the school she is very passionate about the Hot Dogs,” Sutton said. “I think she is going to bring an expertise and experience that will be very valuable to the board.”

Mitchell describes herself as a proud graduate of Frankfort High School.

“I want to see these schools flourish and produce good, quality citizens who make this city proud,” she said.

The school board's primary duties, as established by the Indiana legislature through the Board Powers Act are to establish district policy, hire the superintendent and conduct the superintendent's annual evaluation and to levy taxes. The board must approve all of the fiduciary business of the district, establish district goals and establish the vision for the district.

Community Schools of Frankfort board meetings are conducted at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. If executive board meetings are required, an effort is made to schedule those at either 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.