Teachers and paraprofessionals in the Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) district are still waiting in the midst of contract negotiations with the district, despite classes already being in session. According to KOTA Territory News, salaries for district teachers and paraprofessionals remain a point of contention.
Vice President of the Rapid City Educators Association (RCEA) Dana Livermont told KOTA that RCAS has proposed a single-year bonus for this year, called one-time salary dollars, but this would not continue into next year. Teachers and paraprofessional want the district to instead fund the salary schedule agreed on two years ago, rather than keeping staff salaries at current levels.
RCEA hopes to come to an agreement with the district soon, as negotiations are already behind schedule. Last year, mediation between RCEA and the school district took place over the summer. School board leaders are also hopeful that a workable agreement will be made. Mediation between RCAS and paraprofessionals is scheduled for next week, and mediation between RCAS and teachers is scheduled for October 9th.
If an agreement cannot be made, RCEA could take its case to the Department of Labor in Pierre for fact-finding, where it would plead before a judge.
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