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December30

Revenue projections may have major implications for K-12

The most recent revenue figures for South Dakota tell two different stories.   November’s revenue numbers are either very good or very bad, depending on the projections used. Based on revenue projections adopted by the legislature during the 2019 legislative session, the revenue figures for November came in $8.7 million higher than projected, but utilizing
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December29

ALL award earning boards adding up in 2019-20

Nearly halfway through this recent ALL year, 54 school boards have earned an award in ASBSD’s board recognition program.   In the fourth year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, the 52 school boards having already earned a Gold, Silver or Bronze award equals the total number of boards that
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December28

ASBSD-DEC conducting four superintendent searches

The superintendent search partnership between ASBSD and Dakota Education Consulting is off and running already with four active searches.   Superintendent searches are underway for the Chamberlain, Ethan and Hot Springs School Districts and for the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.   Chamberlain’s application deadline is Thursday, January 30, 2020 and
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December27

BIT providing free cybersecurity assessment for schools

South Dakota school districts cannot ignore their risk of facing a cybersecurity breach.   To avoid a breach, South Dakota’s Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) and the Department of Education are partnering to expand the DDN services to include Cybersecurity Risk Assessments with a goal to ensure a school employs the technology, policies and
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December26

DOH provides summary of resources and technical assistance on vaping

State health officials have a developed a comprehensive guide for school districts in search of support for dealing with student vaping.   The South Dakota Department of Health has compiled a summary of resources and technical assistance for schools on the topic of vaping. The summary also provides a link to Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinators
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December10

No inflationary increase in state aid proposed, enrollment bump and special education rebase included

Shrinking revenue collections are scaling back spending in the state budget resulting in schools not receiving an increase in state aid for next school year.   “Money is tight this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem told legislators during her Fiscal Year 2021 budget address. “I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases.”   Gov. Noem
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December09

Policy Alert: Student Related Policies

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 Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman  
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December08

Online sales tax collection continues to be cloudy

Discussion revolving around online sales tax revenue returned to the legislature recently.   Legislative Research Council representatives Wenzel Cummings and Jeff Mehlhaff appeared before the Legislature’s Executive Board recently (12/3), just a few weeks after (11/19)  sharing information on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales with the committee.   At the November meeting, the Executive Board voted
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December07

ASBSD President appointed to national committee

ASBSD President Denise Lutkemeier was appointed to a national committee recently.   Lutkemeier was appointed to the National School Board Association’s Policies and Resolutions Committee by NSBA President ElizaBeth Branham.   “I am deeply honored by President Branham’s appointment to NSBA’s Policy and Resolutions Committee,” Lutkemeier said.   “It is an exciting opportunity to sit
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December06

Special Education comm. completes interim report

Recommendations have emerged from the legislative committee charged with studying special education.   Last month, the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee concluded their in-depth look at special education without formal recommendations being acted upon or presented to the Legislature’s Executive Board members at their November meeting.   Recently, however, the final interim committee report to the Executive
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