Teachers in Hot Springs are currently in negotiations for their 2018-2019 contracts but have reached a standstill with the Hot Springs School Board. According to the Hot Springs Star, the school board presented 26 changes to the negotiated agreement with the Hot Springs Education Association (HSEA), but the HSEA has agreed to only 24 of these changes.
The two changes the association is unwilling to budge on concern teacher’s sick leave and a reduction-in-force (RIF) policy. Teacher Amber Foshee attended the board’s recent meeting and addressed the school board on behalf of dozens of teachers in the district. The current sick leave allows teachers to prioritize their family’s well-being if necessary and the RIF policy provides Hot Springs with veteran teachers and fair and equitable staff cuts if deemed necessary. The HSEA hopes to resolve these issues through mediation with South Dakota’s Department of Labor.
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