As budget shortfalls once again plague the Rapid City School District, every aspect of the system could see cuts this upcoming year.
Dave Janek, Director of Finance and Community Development for Rapid City Area Schools, says the district has had a tough couple of years when it comes to health care costs for its employees. He says the premiums have continued to double during the last five years alone.
And when budgets are tight, Janek says benefits are something the district looks at very cautiously to determine if cuts need to be made.
But right now, he says the district is focusing on preventative care.
"So a lot of the strategies we are using are to try to eliminate the need for critical care by treating people early on," said Janek.
Janek says benefits are a way to attract the best teachers, so it's important to keep all benefits at a competitive level with surrounding schools districts.