Rapid City Area School Board approves 2018-2019 budget

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - On Monday night the Rapid City Area School Board approved a bigger budget for the upcoming school year.

This year, the school district raised its budget by more than 5 million dollars from the preliminary estimate in May.

Janak says some of the extra money will go towards capital projects throughout the district.

Contract negotiations between the Rapid City Area Schools and teachers and paraprofessionals are still in motion, but Janak says they've accounted for teacher pay in the budget.

David Janak said, assistant superintendent for fiscal and support services, "What we have to do in those cases is make an allowance for what we, basically what the school board has done to this point, but that's not a final determination. They will certainly go to the table and negotiate in good faith and if those numbers change, we'll bring an amendment to the budget later in the fall that will accommodate whatever changes may or may not be made."

Some of the maintenance projects include upgrading the HVAC system at Knollwood Elementary, creating emergency lighting at Stevens High School, and doing a drainage project at Meadowbrook Elementary.