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December07

Declining revenue collection results in no proposed inflationary increase for K-12

Due declining revenue in South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed no inflationary increase for K-12 education for fiscal year 2019 during his budget address on Tuesday (12/5).   “I cannot recommend inflationary increases, at all,” Gov. Daugaard said, adding that funding for education for the 2018-19 school year will be “tied to increasing student enrollment”
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December06

Appropriators weigh in on waivers

Appropriators weighed in on the waivers received by school districts who did not meet one or both school finance accountability targets.   At Tuesday’s (12/5) legislative Joint Appropriations Committee meeting, appropriators unanimously approved 15 outright and 14 conditional waivers previously granted by the School Finance Accountability Board.   The mandates, which required 85 percent of the total state
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December05

2018 Election Workshop webinars

The Election Workshop webinar schedule for 2018 is set.   The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will co-sponsor four FREE workshop webinars in 2018.   The FREE Election Workshop webinars will span four different days in January and March; each covering a different topics. There will be two separate webinar
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December05

Secretary Schopp: Four Decades Serving Public Education

Next week South Dakota will bid farewell to a staple in education in the state.   After four decades serving public education South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp is set to retire with her final day in the department on Friday, December 15.   “We’re going to miss working with and alongside Secretary Schopp,”
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December04

ASBSD Protective Trust providing Work Comp members AED units

ASBSD and the ASBSD Protective Trust continually strive to be the leader in school risk and as such member districts and education co-ops in the workers’ compensation fund will be granted a Zoll AED Plus free of charge!   “We believe this is a great investment in our school districts,” ASBSD CFO and ASBPT Director
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December03

2018 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2018 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 266-699 Northeast region with enrollment 266-699 Northeast region with enrollment 700-1,399 Southeast region with enrollment 265 & Under Western region with enrollment 1,400-9,999 All
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December02

Appoint your district’s Legislative Action Network member

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 2018 legislative session just two months away, we’re preparing for session by activating ASBSD LAN, which is designed to activate local school board members to communicate to legislators the
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December01

SafeSchools testimonials and December’s School Safety Matters newsletter

SafeSchools’ latest School Safety Newsletter is now available.   Give the December edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter links to a newer SafeSchools course on Communication Skills and Style, shares information on Human Trafficking Awareness and much more with readers.     For a slightly more than a year, ASBSD
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November27

Accountability board weighs in on waivers, approves final report

This month, members of the School Finance Accountability Board met to determine the fate of waivers presented to them from school districts who did not meet one, or both, mandates tied to ensure an increase to teacher salaries and approve their final report to the legislative Appropriations committee.   “This very important work, which is
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November26

Rep. Craig Tieszen: a courageous and honorable South Dakota citizen

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Craig Tieszen.   Rep. Tieszen was a courageous, honorable man and, along with the many that knew and loved him, the people of South Dakota have lost a dedicated public servant.   “We’re extremely saddened by the news
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