Contract negotiations between teachers and school district stall - KOTA Territory News

Contract negotiations between teachers and school district stall

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Negotiations on a new contract for Rapid City teachers are at stalemate. That's because the union rejects the latest proposal from the school district.

The districts latest offer calls for the teachers to receive a permanent 3% increase and a two percent one–time bonus. However, they are asked to pay a 9.4% increase in the cost of their health insurance.

Rapid City Education Association (RCEA) president Sue Podoll said this amounts to a cut in the teacher’s salary. She said salaries aren't competitive enough to hire and keep good candidate.

"Because of lack of permanent increases in our funding compensation, we've lost teachers to places like Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota, and other school districts," Podoll said.

The two sides are now in a 10–day cooling off period, in which either side can ask the Department of Labor to step in.

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