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Rapid City superintendent placed on leave following investigation

Rapid City Area Schools' superintendent has been placed on a 30-day leave following comments made during a Department of Education investigation.

The decade-long investigation orbited the district's treatment of indigenous students.

Superintendent Nicole Swigart was quoted in that investigation saying students operating on “Indian time” is a challenge for the district. The district issued a formal apology.

District officials released a statement Monday saying Swigart was placed on leave and is required to take cultural competency training. The statement maintained the district is confident in Swigart’s ability to lead the district following the leave.

C.J. Keene is a Rapid City-based journalist covering the legal system, education, and culture