Joy Smolnisky is with the South Dakota Budget and Policy Institute. She says now that the half cent sales tax to raise teacher salaries is signed into law, the legislation needs to be adjusted to clarify how the pay increase is implemented.
The Rapid City Board of Education met Monday evening to impose a teacher’s salary contract. The move comes following a disagreement between the school board and the teacher’s union. But teachers decided to forgo mediation and move forward.
The Rapid City School Board plans to use the new half penny sales tax increase to boost the salaries of new teachers. The plan includes smaller increases for veteran or higher degree holding teachers.
The Rapid City Board of Education is deciding how to spend the extra one half cent sales tax revenue state lawmakers allocated to school districts. The board held a special meeting Wednesday after the local teachers union rejected its initial contract offer.
Officials with the Rapid City teachers union say they’re frustrated after the Rapid City Board of Education’s vote on teacher salary.