SD school districts are scrambling to find enough teachers, administrators and coaches

With only a couple of weeks before the start of another school year, a lot of districts in South Dakota are scrambling to fill open positions. From teachers to administrators to coaches the need this year seems to be greater than ever and a lot of it could be due to low wages and the ongoing pandemic.A lot of teachers say they don’t get into the profession for the money, certainly not in South Dakota anyway.

Once again, it ranks 50th in the country for average teacher pay.

A few years ago, the state-organized a Blue Ribbon Task Force to study teacher salaries and to find a way to increase them and lawmakers did.

But that was a few years ago and times have changed.

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