The Rapid City School Board approved Superintendent Tim Mitchell's motion to reduce school spending by $6.5 million. According to a Rapid City Journal article, this will be done mostly by eliminating 102 of the 140 instructional-support personnel working in Rapid City's elementary, middle, and high schools. This alone will reduce the school district's cost by $5.1 million.
School board President Jim Hansen expressed doubts that Mitchell the new system into place by the 2015-16 school year, but Mitchell assured everyone the changes had already started.
As of this point, 37 teachers and two principals have announced their intentions to retire or resign and 27 others who are employed in various other positions have submitted their resignations in response to the budget cuts.
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