Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools held a dinner for teachers and staff members who retired or determined they would move on at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Teachers at the high school who were honored for their years of service to the school system were Wendy Mendoza, the gifted and talented teacher and Bev Rose, the high school art teacher.
The high school also said goodbye to the band teacher, Casey Inveldt, who plans to move closer to home.
The school is now faced with filling multiple positions in the high school, including the art, band, industrial arts, and two math teacher postilions.
The State of South Dakota put in place a tax to increase teacher salaries in an effort to help South Dakota schools attract and retain teachers.
In 2016, the state’s teacher shortage had schools across the state concerned about how to best service students without a full staff.
Teacher pay was only part of the problem attracting teachers. Rural areas with minimal housing options is also another issue for many small communities.
C-EB schools face the additional rigor of the Bureau of Indian Affairs hiring process.
While the legislature this year was able to approve 1 percent increases for inflation costs for South Dakota teachers, the increase will not fill vacant positions, or fix the issues that small communities like Eagle Butte face concerning location and housing options for teachers.