Rapid City Area Schools make changes to extracurriuclar instructors salary

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RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA TV) - Rapid City Area Schools have made some changes in their pay role when it comes to extracurricular instructors.

The biggest changes are with tennis and golf. Previously coaches for each sport were overseeing both the boys and girls teams, but only getting paid for one.

This year, the tennis and golf coaches are getting paid double what they were last year, receiving pay to coach both the boys team and the girls.

In addition to the change for teams, the school district also increased the base pay for extracurricular instructors. That's on top of the three percent increase last year.

Director for Human Resources for the Rapid City School District, Synova Nicolaisen, says “I think that the district has seen that over the past few years that we need to increase pay to stay in competition with other school districts and it's now come down to we really recognize the importance of keeping good coaches and really giving them the salary that they deserve to help these kiddos."

Nicolaisen adds that extracurricular activities helps keep kids in school.

Extracurricular instructors received anywhere from $250 to $1,250 more per year.