With the 2017 legislative session approaching, the Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education met to discuss what issues to focus on. The decisions of the board will go to the meeting of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, according to the Rapid City Journal. A key concern is funding. This year, legislators passed a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for teacher salary raises, but sales tax revenues have been down. Another issue concerns HB 1008, an anti-transgender bill restricting access to bathrooms in schools. Although the bill was vetoed, a similar item has been filed as a potential ballot measure. Although RCAS has followed federal guidelines and worked with parents and students to find accommodations, there are concerns about who would pay for separate bathrooms if the measure became law.
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