Public school teachers in Rapid City still without contract

Oct 22, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Public school teachers in Rapid City are still without a contract for the current academic year.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the teachers union and the school board failed to come to an agreement during an Oct. 9 meeting. They’ll now meet with a state Labor Department judge for a hearing in Pierre.

The judge’s findings won’t be binding under state law, and the school district can impose its last, best contract offer.

The Rapid City Education Association maintains that the contract offered by the district last summer doesn’t stick to a salary schedule promised by the district.

The district says it needed to dip into money typically used for large infrastructure projects to fund expenses last year.

Both sides say they still hope to reach an agreement.