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September30

New site for ASBSD’s online policy manual, more policy services available

Beginning this week ASBSD’s online policy manual will have a new home.   Your district will still have free access to our more than 450 sample school policies, but the website will move here, starting October 1st.   Be sure to check with your district’s superintendent for login and password information for the new online policy
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September30

Interested in saving time and money for your district?

The pioneer of eGovernance, BoardDocs has helped more than 1,300 organizations dramatically lower costs, increase transparency and help significantly reduce the time spent producing board packets.   ASBSD utilizes BoardDocs for our Board of Directors meetings and proudly endorses the product and will hosti a FREE webinar on Wednesday, September 30 at 11 a.m. (CDT) to share important
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September23

State assessment scores exceed expectations

South Dakota students exceeded predictions in their first year taking a new state assessment.   Results released by the S.D. Department of Education from the Smarter Balanced assessment, given to students last spring in English language arts and math, were released recently and proved better than expected, with more students reaching Levels 3 – considered
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September21

Download the 2015-16 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   In accordance with the provisions of the Pact, in an emergency situation a school bus driver, or
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September11

Task Force talks teacher needs, possible solutions

Potential teacher workforce needs lead into the first full-fledged discussion of possible proposals had by the Blue Ribbon Task Force at their recent meeting.   The group tasked with the extensive review of the state’s teacher shortage and school funding issues, learned in the next five years, to maintain a 14-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, South Dakota
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September11

Policy Alert: Veteran’s Preference policy amended

ASBSD sample policy GBAA: Veteran’s Preference, which was noted in the July, 2015 ASBSD Policy Alert, has recently been amended by Director of Policy & Legal Services Director Gerry Kaufman.   The policy was amended to include the new statutory definition of the term “veteran”:   “SDCL 33A-2-1. Veteran defined. For the purposes of all statutes relating
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September09

Free GASB 45 valuation for Health Fund members

Associated School Boards Protective Trust’s partnership with the SilverStone Group provides South Dakota School District Benefits Fund members a FREE GASB 45 Valuation.   Contact Michael Vech with SilverStone via email at mvech@ssgi.com or by phone at 402-964-5722 to set up your free GASB 45 valuation (Note: please let ASBPT Director Matt Flett know if
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September04

Transgender Students and Employees publication

The publication “Transgender Students and Employees” is designed to provide general information as a service to ASBSD members.   It was written by Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services, with the assistance of SD Council of School Attorney members Rodney Freeman (COSA President), Lester Nies (COSA Past President), and Jessica Filler (COSA
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September01

School Board Members discuss teacher shortage on Inside Keloland

Three members of the ASBSD Board of Directors appeared on this weekend’s Inside Keloland to discuss the teacher shortage.     Director Tom Farrell of Madison, Director Kathy Greeneway of Yankton and Past President Denise Lutkemier of Wilmot shared information on how the shortage has impacted their district.   You can watch the segment here.
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September01

New ASBSD Online Policy Services

Beginning October 1, ASBSD’s online policy manual will have a new home and we will also be offering NEW online policy services to school districts hosted by ASBSD & eBOARDsolutions.   Current online policy services offered by ASBSD will change very little – your district will still have access at no cost to our more
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