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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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December10

School law and security lead topics for upcoming School Law Webinars

The School Law Webinar series is returning to connect you with the best minds in school law and security.   Join COSA and ASBSD as our school law experts cover seven key legal and security topics affecting school districts in an hour-long webinar, which will also feature time for you to get your questions about
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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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December09

2020 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled in January

Prepare for the 2020 collective bargaining process at one of three ASBSD workshops aimed to inform and assist your school board.   ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman and School Attorney Rodney Freeman will bring their vast knowledge of the collective bargaining process to three Collective Bargaining Seminars in January.   Each
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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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December08

LAN Members needed for 2020 session

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2020 legislative session just two months away, we’re preparing for session by activating ASBSD LAN, which is designed to engage local school board members to communicate to legislators the
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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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December07

2020 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2020 election cycle for the ASBSD Board of Directors is about to begin and seats in the following regions and enrollment categories will be up for election: Central region with enrollment 265 & Under Agar-Blunt-Onida, Bowdle, Colome Consolidated, Edmunds Central, Eureka, Gettysburg, Herried, Highmore-Harrold, Hoven, Jones County, McIntosh, Selby Area, Smee and South Central Northeast
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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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December06

2019-20 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

Five 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 final canvass – including question-and-answer
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