Schools received a nearly unprecedented state aid increase proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem for the 2022-23 school year.
“This 6 percent increase is unprecedented, but it’s also necessary,” Gov. Noem said during her budget address. “(Schools) deserve our support.”
The 6 percent increase is in fact the largest bump in state aid since 2016-17 when the half-cent sales tax increase was passed by the legislature to fund a raise in teacher salaries, which resulted in a 12 percent boost in state aid.
“We’re incredibly thankful to Gov. Noem for the proposed increase,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
“It’s a much needed increase as schools are trying to keep in teacher pay with regional states, attract classified staff members and face increasing costs with high inflation.”
“With revenue that’s being collected we’re very happy to see it being proposed to be put back into school budgets since we’re seeing more teacher openings, the state’s national rank slipping further down the list and a real struggle in recruiting classified staff members,” Pogany said.
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