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September09

Policy Alert: 2019 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, have the full force and effect of law, and legally bind the school district. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services
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September09

Nine ASBSD Region Meetings scheduled for this Fall

Join your fellow board members and administrators at an ASBSD Region Meeting this fall to discuss the latest in education funding, legislation and other issues.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2020 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions, as
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September08

Holbeck to handle board training role with ASBSD

Former Superintendent Jim Holbeck has joined the staff at ASBSD.   Holbeck, who most recently served as Superintendent in the Harrisburg School District and has decades of experience in public, K-12 education, has been named the ASBSD Board Development Director and Board Member Services Director. He succeeds Dr. Randy Royer who retired in August.  
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September08

Appoint your district’s delegate for the 2019 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2020 legislative session.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for
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September07

Updates made to ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved changes to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly will be
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September07

Opioid antagonist administration training webinar set for September

Those high school administrators interested in completing training for opioid antagonist administration will have another opportunity in September.   The South Dakota Department of Health will host a FREE webinar covering the Naloxone in High Schools Project, which is the opioid antagonist administration project initiated by the passage of Senate Bill 84 during this year’s
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September06

2019-20 Election Workshop In-Person Training and Webinars upcoming

One in-person election workshop and six webinar workshops – with two different times available – are scheduled to assist election officers in conducting elections for the 2019-20 school year.   The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the
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September06

Special Education Interim Comm. continues study

Committee members convened recently to continue their study of special education in South Dakota.   The 14-member legislative interim study committee, which was created through this year’s passage of Senate Bill 3, spent time discussing the challenges at hand and possible solutions.   “What started out addressing one thing has opened up many other things,” Rep. Nancy Rasmussen,
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September05

Youth Mental Health First Aid training available

Two state agencies are collaborating to provide FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid training.   S.D. Department of Education and the Department of Social Services–Division of Behavioral Health, through the Project AWARE grant, are offering an eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid training program at no cost to adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers,
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September05

Boards earning ALL awards, more opportunities for points still

Through the first two months of available activities and training events, more than 30 school boards have earned a board recognition award.   This year (2019-20) marks the fourth for ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, and recognizes board members’ dedicated participation in a variety areas, with points earned by participating
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