Teachers at Rapid City Area public schools are still without contract for the 2018-2019 academic year, as no agreement was reached at an October 9th conciliation meeting. According to the Rapid City Journal, both sides will now meet with a state judge with the Department of Labor in Pierre.
Average teacher pay in Rapid City is now $51,000, up from the state’s goal of $48,500, which was set in 2016 after a sales tax increase was passed by the state legislature to bolster teacher pay. The main complaint about the district’s proposed contracts from the Rapid City Education Association (RCEA), which represents the district’s teachers, is that it does not follow a salary schedule previously promised by the district.
According to South Dakota law, the judge’s ruling following the mediation is not binding, and the district will be allowed to impose its final, best contract offer to teachers.
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