RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City teachers and the school district that employs them have reached an impasse over salary structure.

The Rapid City Education Association says its membership voted down a proposal forwarded by the school district that would do away with the current salary structure for 2016-2017.

The state's half-penny sales tax increase for education took effect Wednesday. The district's proposal sought to bring all starting teachers' salaries to $40,000 and give current teachers above that range a $3,000 bump.

Yet some teachers say the veterans are not getting what they are due, and that the increase won't retain the teachers who have stuck around in the district.

A special school board meeting was held last week to discuss the situation.

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