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Judge sides with Rapid City schools in contract dispute

January 26, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has sided with the Rapid City public school district in its contract dispute with the local teachers’ union.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the district’s last offer was a $700 raise for each employee in the teacher group, including positions such as librarians, counselors, therapists and others. Spread across the roughly 1,000 employees in the group, the raises would cost the district about $700,000.

An administrative law judge for the state Department of Labor and Regulation, Michelle Faw, says the district’s decision to offer the raises and focus on repairs and the school strategic plan is fair.

Synova Nicolaisen, the school district’s director of human resources, says the recommendation could be adopted by the school board at its meeting on Monday.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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