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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

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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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,

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,

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

Download the 2019-20 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.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Opportunity to submit a resolution for the 2019 Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   Download the resolutions and standing positions here.   As member districts, you have the opportunity to vote on the resolutions and standing positions each year at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 15.     Before Delegate Assembly, your district also has the opportunity

ASBSD introduces NEW paperless meeting service

A new partnership is powering a new paperless board meeting option for ASBSD members.   ASBSD and Sparq Data solutions have launched a paperless board meeting service for Association members known as:     “We wanted to offer our members the best available option in paperless board meeting services and our partnership with Sparq Data

September is Attendance Awareness Month

September marks Attendance Awareness Month.   “It’s back-to-school season, which is an exciting time,” South Dakota Secretary of Education Ben Jones said in a press release. “The research tells us that half the students who miss two to four days of school in September will end up missing almost a month of school over the

Labor department offers training to enhance students’ workplace skills.

Districts can now be trained to enhance students’ workplace skills free of charge via a developing state department program.   The S.D. Department of Labor and Regulation is developing a student version of their Bring Your “A” Game to Work training, which offers an engaging curriculum designed to foster foundational workplace skills and work ethic.

Farrell passes gavel to Lutkemeier

ASBSD has a new President of the Board of Directors after the gavel was passed at the August meeting.   Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell completed his year-long term as ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier.   “This has been a wonderful experience and wonderful opportunity,”

Snedeker elected as Second V.P. of ASBSD

Woonsocket School Board Vice Chair Lisa Snedeker was elected as the Second Vice President of ASBSD by her fellow Board of Director members.   ASBSD’s Second Vice President serves an integral role on the Association’s Executive Committee, which comprises the leadership team of the 18-member Board of Directors.   Snedeker currently serves as the representative

ASBSD Board holds first meeting of 2019-20

ASBSD Board members started the year with a meeting prior to this year’s ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The Association’s Board of Directors welcomed a new member, as White River School Board Member Louann Krogman was appointed as an At-Large representative for ASBSD’s Central Region.   The 2019-20 school year marks Krogman’s fifth year on the White

ASBSD honors Gov. Daugaard, board members and community members

ASBSD honored former Gov. Dennis Daugaard, school board members and individuals from communities at the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Former South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard received the School Bell Award, which honors individuals or organizations who have served South Dakota public education in an exemplary fashion.   Former Gov. Daugaard lead the effort to provide $67

Latest risk management newsletter available now

The latest risk management newsletter from an ASBSD service partner is available.   ASBSD’s partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) provides our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection and this quarter’s newsletter focuses on hazing in K-12 schools.   Hazing in K-12

Second straight year more than 50 boards earn ALL Award

For the second consecutive year more than one-third of public school boards earned statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   In the third year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 52 school boards earned a Gold, Silver

Two positions on PT Board available

The ASBSD Protective Trust board is seeking candidates for two open positions.   The eight-member PT board has an opening for a school board member whose district is a member of the health fund and for a school board member whose district is a member of the workers’ compensation fund.     Each position will

Submit your district’s info for the 2019-20 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver

Policy Alert: Opioid Antagonist Administration

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

Policy Alert: National Motto posting

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

Still time to register for the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

There’s still time to register for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators.   “Don’t miss this opportunity to become more informed and equipped to be a leader in your community,” Woonsocket School Board Member Lisa Snedeker said. “The ASBSD and SASD Annual Convention is the best place in South Dakota to

Upcoming ASBSD workshops addressing board roles

Help yourself better understand your role as a school board member or as a school board president or both at any of the upcoming ASBSD workshops.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer will host Board Member Roles and Responsibilities Workshops AND School Board President Workshops at multiple locations across South Dakota in July

Policy Alert: Delinquent Student Fees, Fines and Charges

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

Policy Alert: Elections, Background Checks and other sample policies amended

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

Appropriators hear FY19 and 20 revenue reports

South Dakota finished Fiscal Year 2019 with a $19 million budget surplus, but some aspects of revenue collection underwhelmed, which could become a trend in Fiscal Year 2020.   Much of the $19 million surplus was a result of budget reversions from state departments with more than $17 million in reversions. Revenue collection came in

ASBSD seeking candidates for Leadership Development Director

ASBSD is seeking a highly qualified individual to lead the Association’s efforts in providing quality school board training and promote member services.   Our Leadership Development Director must be able to: Engage effectively with school board members and have the credibility and experience to train boards in effective boardsmanship; Understand the services ASBSD provides and

Aberdeen saves 40 Hours a year in meeting time with SafeSchools

The Aberdeen School District adopted the SafeSchools Online Training System in 2014 and has found one of the many benefits of the system is the staff meeting time that’s been trimmed each year.   Assistant Superintendent Camille Kaul estimates that SafeSchools Training has saved Aberdeen 40 hours a year in meeting time!   “SafeSchools Training

Royer announces retirement

After six years and hundreds of board members trained, ASBSD Leadership Development Director Randy Royer will retire at summer’s end.   “I’ve totally enjoyed my time with ASBSD and working with school board members and school administration during the last six years,” Royer said.   “I am so glad there are so many focused-on student

Special Education committee holds first meeting

For more than six hours a group of legislators, those in education and community members heard five presentations about special education topics in their first meeting studying the broader subject.   The 14-member legislative interim study committee, which was created through this year’s passage of Senate Bill 3, is charged to review: To examine the diagnostic tools

2019 ASBSD guide for school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a

Amended financial interest statement filing requirement

During the 2019 legislative session, legislators passed Senate Bill 90, which revised financial interest statement submission requirements for elected officials, and Gov. Kristie Noem signed the bill, which will bill be enacted on July 1.   The new law (3-1A-4) amends the financial interest statute affecting school board members of a school district with a

School Board Election Information posting requirement

During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and former Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 66, which requires schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.   The law was enacted on July 1, 2018 and school districts MUST post the required information within 60 days of the official canvas that follows the annual school

2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule set

The schedule is set for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators!   The 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and feature nearly 40 informative breakout sessions covering school finance, school board governance, student achievement, important legal topics in K-12 education and

New deal, great keynotes at 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.   More than 500 school board members and administrators will attend Convention, which will be headlined by keynote speeches from legendary Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coach Tom Osborne and the

Two At-Large spots open on ASBSD Board of Directors

The ASBSD Board of Directors is seeking two At-Large representatives to sit on the board.   Currently, there are two At-Large seats available to represent the Central Region’s 1,400-9,999 enrollment category and the Western Region’s 700-1,399 enrollment category.   Click here to learn more about the Role of the ASBSD Board.   School board members

Training addresses emergency planning

Schools will have the opportunity to participate in training related to emergency planning in June.   South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management will host Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Mitchell.   The course provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools needed

Policy Alert: Community Use of School Facilities

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  

Policy Alert: Prohibition Against Aiding or Abetting Sexual Abuse

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  

ASBSD Board of Directors meet, tour Ellsworth Air Force Base

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors convened in Western South Dakota in April.   Board members toured Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder prior to the meeting.     “It was an honor to have the opportunity to tour Ellsworth Air Force Base,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “The Board Members soaked

Legislative Interim committee studying Special Education appointed

The group charged to take on the in-depth legislative study of special education in South Dakota has been appointed.   Fourteen members – five legislators and nine other individuals – will serve on the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee, which was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s legislative session.  

Nominate those enhancing public education for an ASBSD award

It’s time to honor those who give their time and effort to enhance education in their district.   We’re encouraging your district to submit candidates for ASBSD’s School Board Award of Excellence, Outstanding School Board Member of the Year, Community Service Award and Longevity Award.   “We want to recognize the school boards and individuals who

2019’s Best and Brightest Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2019 were honored for their academic achievements at the 29th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday (4/29).     In conjunction with Gov. Kristi Noem, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent

ASBSD/COSA School Law Webinar recordings available

The best minds in school law in South Dakota brought their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   The school law experts from COSA and ASBSD covered eight,

Tribal Regalia at Graduation Ceremonies

As your district’s 2019 graduation date approaches, ASBSD wants to remind schools that any student choosing to wear an eagle plume or eagle feather during the graduation ceremony must be allowed to do so.   In 2018, the legislature passed House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal

Schools receive 2.5 percent increase as Gov. signs budget, levy bills

With the governor’s signature on the final few bills left in legislative session, South Dakota schools are officially set to receive a 2.5 percent increase in state aid for the 2019-20 school year.   On Wednesday (3/27), Gov. Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 191, which appropriates funds for the FY2020 general fund budget, and Senate

Legislature leaves session divided on Partridge Amendment plan

The two legislative chambers left the 2019 session still divided on how to adjust the state sales tax rate.   House and Senate members agreed to wait until next year to deal with the Partridge Amendment after a legislative conference committee could not come to an agreement on House Bill 1265, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits

Submit your Breakout Session proposal for the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

The premier learning event for South Dakota school board members and administrators is seeking people to share their expertise and knowledge with the large contingent of school leaders who will attend the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9.   Download

Accountability board meets to review waiver processes

The group charged with reviewing and acting upon accountability waivers met for the first time in 2019.   School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) members convened on Monday (3/25) to review timelines for accountability waiver and update the teacher compensation accountability request for waiver form.   Established in 2016 as part of the funding formula overall,

50 school boards have already earned an ALL Award

One-third of South Dakota school boards have earned an ALL Award in 2018-19 and many more are easily within reach of joining them.   Fifty school boards have earned a Gold Level award (500 points), Silver level plaque (350 points) or Bronze level honor (250 points) through ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL.   “With three months to go we’ve nearly

K-12 levy bills leaning towards finish line

The homestretch is here for the K-12 education levy bills.   Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, passed the House Appropriations committee on a 6-1 vote and the full House on a 60-2 vote.   “School boards need your help,” ASBSD

Partridge Amendment adjustment at legislative crossroad

What a difference a few weeks has made in the conversation about adjusting the state sales tax rate.   House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 86 each passed their respective chambers as their plans to adjust the Partridge Amendment, however, upon reaching the other sides of the Capitol, the State Affairs committees of each chamber

Civics test bill sees its end in session

The civics test saw its end in South Dakota’s citizen legislature.   On a vote of 13-21, Senators defeated a once again amended House Bill 1066, which requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school.   A bill that had been wrung through the amendment ringer multiple times ultimately failed to find

Civics survey bill sent away by Reps

Civics education will remain status quo for the upcoming school year.   House members voted 30-33 against Senate Bill 52, which required schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, after House Education committee members voted 10-3 in favor of the previously hoghoused bill.   ASBSD opposed the bill,

Gov. to review special education study bill

The proposed in-depth study on special education is on its way to the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Interim Study to study special education in South Dakota, was amended and passed by the House Education committee on an 11-3 vote and by the House on a 48-16 vote, before being

2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled this month

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to assist school board members and administrators when negotiating the 2019-2020 contract with teachers (and, support staff, if support staff has a recognized bargaining unit).   The 2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars schedule includes:   The seminars will include a short overview of the law with a

Submit your district’s student for the 2019 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2019 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet. ASBSD sent a letter to schools in February requesting they submit their school’s student(s).   Gov. Kristi Noem and ASBSD, in

Motto posting bill makes way to Gov. with hold harmless clause included

Local control may have lost out on the motto posting bill, but legislators agreed to protect the schools for following the mandate.   House members amended and passed Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in

ECO Board bill bound for Gov.

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute is headed to the governor.   After unanimous votes by the House Education and full House, Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership, headed to Gov. Kristi Noem for

Bill amending open meeting requirements bound for Gov.

Committee members concurred in providing flexibility in open meeting requirements.   On an 8-0 vote, House State Affairs passed Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, and placed it on consent on the Senate floor agenda, all but ensuring it will reach Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public

Bill adjusting special education rebasing period passed

A bill rebasing special education funding flew through the final steps in the legislative process.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years, passed Senate Education on a 7-0 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports

Committee resets civics test bill

Committee members returned the civics test bill back to its original form recently.   Senate Education committee members amended House Bill 1066, requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, back to the bill’s original form and passed it on a 5-2 vote.   When it initially reached the committee, HB 1066

2019 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

Local control aspect removed in motto posting bill

Local control lost out in a legislative committee.   On a 10-2 vote, House State Affairs committee members approved an amended version of Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in their buildings with, at minimum,

Senate sends K-12 levy bills to House

The K-12 education levy bills advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, on a 33-1 vote, and Senate Bill 182, which revises the special education property tax levy for school districts and the special education

House’s version of Partridge Amendment adjustment passed

It took two votes, but a second bill aiming to lower the state’s sales tax rate, albeit in a different manner, made its way across the Capitol hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1265, which provides a mechanism to lower the sales tax rate if revenue collection provisions are reached, on a 38-30 vote, not

Senate supports hoghoused civics survey bill

A hoghoused bill is set to survey schools for civics information.   Senate Bill 52, which requires schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, was hoghoused on the Senate floor and passed 30-0.   Sen. Jim Bolin, the bill’s prime sponsor, moved the hoghouse amendment on Senate Bill

Two-year averaging turned away by Approps

Two-year averaging was turned away by a legislative committee.   On an 8-1 vote, House Appropriations committee members defeated House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid. The bill had been previously passed by the House Education committee, but was referred to Appropriations on the House floor.  

Scientific info instruction bill sent away in House

A bill permitting untethered instruction was reined in by the legislature.   House members defeated House Bill 1270, which protects teaching of certain scientific information, on a 21-46 vote. The bill had previously been passed by the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   ASBSD Director of Policy and

Lowering compulsory age avoided by Reps

A bill lowering the required age for a student to stay in school did not stay in favor in the legislature.   On a 27-40 vote, Representatives defeated House Bill 1232, which lowers the compulsory age for school attendance to 16. The bill had previously passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote.  

Reps resist participation policy bill

An activities association policy pertaining to policy will remain in place.   Members of the House of Representatives ended in a stalemate of 34-34 on House Bill 1225, which requires student gender be determined by what is stated on the student’s birth certificate, resulting in the defeat of the bill.   “This is all about

Gender dysphoria instruction bill dumped by comm.

The conversation on gender dysphoria instruction is done, for now.   Senate State Affairs voted 7-2 to defeat House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   Rep. Tom Pischke, the bill’s prime sponsor, called HB 1108 “a simple bill” that “ensures our South Dakota public schools are not teaching, instructing or

Changes to capital outlay will wait another year

Changes to capital outlay will have to wait another year.   House Taxation committee members voted against House Bill 1141, which increases the cap on the Capital Outlay fund to $3,800, on a 10-2 vote.   The vote against HB 1141 came just days after Representatives defeated House Bill 1139, which repeals the $2,800 cap

Cap Outlay cap repeal bill bounced

The caps on capital outlay appear as though they’ll remain in place for another year.   House members voted 33-35 on House Bill 1139, which repeals the $2,800 cap on the Capital Outlay fund and permits a school district to levy up to $3 per $1,000 of valuation, annually, on Tuesday (2-19), and a vote

Appropriators adopt revenue projections

Revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget were higher than expected, but the figures adopted were only slightly more than what was proposed.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee approved revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget totaling $1.701 billion, which is an increase above what was proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem

Gender dysphoria instruction bill inches on

An assumed preemptive piece of legislation prevailed in the House.   On a 39-30 vote, House members passed House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   “The legislative intent of this bill is to ensure that our South Dakota public schools are not teaching and confusing our young children,” Rep. Tom

Citizenship test requirement for public and private school students reaches Senate

Representatives guided a bill requiring only public and private school students pass a citizenship test to graduate across the Capitol hall.   On a 38-31 vote, House members passed House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school.   Rep. Caleb Finck previously moved

Partridge Amendment adjustment bill bound for House

A mechanism clearing up confusion in statute related sales tax and remote sellers revenue reached the House recently.   Senators passed Senate Bill 86, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits review of remote seller tax revenue before lowering sales tax, on a 28-6 vote. Senate Taxation passed the bill out of committee previously on

Opioid antagonist access bill passed by House comm.

One final legislative hurdle remains for a bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists.   House Health and Human Services committee members passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 12-0 vote.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it

Graduation test requirement bill stalls in House

Decision on a bill implementing the imposition of passing a citizenship exam in order for students only enrolled in public and private schools to graduate was deferred to another day.   House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, was debated before the

Public and private school students included in civics test requirement

Ten days after its initial hearing, a bill backing a required civics test for most students passed committee.   On an 11-3 vote, an amended version of House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, passed the House Education committee.   The initial

Senate sends open meeting amendment bill to House

Flexibility in open meeting requirements found favor in the Senate.   Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on a 9-0 vote and the full Senate on a 30-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public comment period at meetings by putting the period with

Gender dysphoria instruction bill on way to House floor

Lengthy debate led to a narrow vote on a bill dictating instruction in schools.   House Education committee members voted 9-6 to pass House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   HB 1108 was amended to reference gender dysphoria, which involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the

House Ed. passes two-year averaging proposal

A proposal calling for the return of two-year averaging passed committee.   On an 8-5 vote, House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid, passed the House Education committee.   Two-year averaging was removed from the fall enrollment count in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task

2019 School Board Recognition Week set for February 18-22

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD

Motto bill backed by Senate

Permitting public schools the option to decide if they wish to post the national motto in their buildings passed the halfway point of the legislative process.   Senators passed Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, on a 27-7 vote.   Sen.

Advocate at the Capitol at the 2019 ASBSD Legislative Day

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2019 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 19.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and school board members will be honored for their service to public education as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.  

2019 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2019 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 700-1,399 Chamberlain, Eagle Butte and Winner Central region with enrollment 1,400-9,999 Pierre and Todd County Northeast region with enrollment 265 and Under Arlington, Big

Military family residency requirement bill reaches Gov’s desk

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families only awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law.   House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer, passed the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs committee on a 5-0 vote and

Homeland Security grants available

Security grants for school districts are available.   The S.D. Department of Education is accepting applications for Homeland Security grant funding until Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. (CST).     Funding will be awarded for one-time projects that have a connection to a Homeland Security mission and school related projects could include, access control

Education comm. amends, passes motto bill

After some debate, a bill permitting the posting of the national motto in schools passed committee.   Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, was amended and passed by the Senate Education committee.   Initially, SB 55 required school districts to post

Exec. session bill bound for Gov’s desk

Safety plan discussion in executive session is a step away from law after Tuesday’s legislative action.   Senators passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session, on a 32-0 vote. The unanimous vote marked the fourth time the bill didn’t receive one “nay.”  

Senate comm. sends safety plan discussion through

One step remains in the legislative process for a bill aiming to expand the executive session topics list to include school safety plans.   On an 8-0 vote, Senate State Affairs committee members passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session.  

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

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 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public

House halts civics literacy program bill

After getting through committee, the bill promoting the civics literacy program came to halt on the chamber floor.   House members defeated House Bill 1051, which establishes the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program, on a 32-38 vote.   HB 1051 called for the creation of a program school districts could have participated commemorating

Committee tables alternative instruction assessment bill

After debate, discussion and a day’s break to think on it, a bill altering assessment requirements for certain students stopped its legislative run.   House Education committee members tabled House Bill 1065, which removed the assessment requirement for students receiving alternative instruction, on a 13-2 vote.   The action came after the committee deferred additional

Military family residency requirement bill bound for Senate

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families cleared one chamber of the legislature.   On a 65-0 vote, Representatives members approved House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer.   ASBSD is monitoring the bill and assisted

One bill bounced by, one bill backed by comm.

Two bills crossed the Capitol hall from the Senate to the House, but just one made it out of latter’s education committee.   House Education committee members passed Senate Bill 23, which revises references to repealed or obsolete provisions related to DOE, on a 13-1 vote, but defeated Senate Bill 24, which revises certain provisions

Gov. Noem proposes 2.5 percent increase in state aid

Gov. Kristi Noem came up with proposed funding for state aid above what’s required by law in the first budget address of her tenure.   Gov. Noem’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 included an increase to state aid of 2.5 percent, which is 0.2 percent higher than what’s required in state statute, as inflation came

Committee approves civics literacy program

Committee members confirmed a program commending students for civics literacy.   House Education committee members passed House Bill 1051, which establishes the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program, on a 14-0 vote.   HB 1051 creates a voluntary program that school districts can choose to participate in which would affix a sticker of

Senate comm. sends SDHSAA policy repeal to 41st day

Legislative committee members brought down a bill that could have put schools in line to face litigation.   On a 5-2 vote, the Senate Education committee defeated Senate Bill 49, which voided the SDHSAA policy on transgender student participation and requires student gender be determined by what is stated on the student’s birth certificate.  

House approves adding safety plan discussion to exec. session

A House committee and the full chamber opted to continue the discussion on adding to the key topics that can be discussed in executive session.   House State Affairs committee members passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session, on a

Residency requirement bill reaches House floor

A bill expediting the enrollment process of students from military families transferring into a district passed out of legislative committee.   On a unanimous vote, House Military and Veterans Affairs committee members approved an amended version of House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to,

Special Education task force bill bound for House

A proposed study of special education saw its way across the hall in the Capitol.   The Senate Education committee (5-1) and full Senate (29-5) passed Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Task Force to further examine special education in South Dakota.   ASBSD supports the bill.   We need to have a

Sen. stamps approval on special ed. committee

Senators sent on a bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute recently (1/22).   On a 34-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership.   Sen. Ryan Maher noted on the Senate floor that

Gov. Noem requests joint session to share budget proposal

Gov. Kristi Noem’s official budget proposal is coming this week.   Last Thursday (1/17), Gov. Noem sent official request to the South Dakota Legislature’s House and Senate for a joint session of the chambers on Wednesday, January 23 beginning at 1 p.m.   “I will be giving my budget address, which will outline a lot

Amended ECO board bill passes committee

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute started its journey forward in the legislature on Thursday (1/17).   Senate Education committee members unanimously passed Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership.   The bill emanated from

Senate sends two ed. bills to House

Two education related bills crossed the Capitol halls last week.   Senate Bill 24, which revises certain provisions relating to state assessments, passed the Senate Education committee on 7-0 vote and then, an amended version, passed the full Senate on 34-0 vote.   The bill removes the requirement that state assessments be given to students

House Ed. and House advance two education bills

Committee members wasted no time in acting on legislation in House Ed.   In their first committee meeting of the 2019 legislative session, House Education committee members unanimously passed two education related bills.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years,

Gov. Noem notes ed. initiatives in inaugural State of the State

Gov. Kristi Noem touched on a few K-12 topics during her inaugural State of the State address on Tuesday (1/8).   Among those topics was a proposed requirement that every high school graduate be able to pass the United States Citizenship exam.   “Civics needs to reemerge,” Gov. Noem said during her address, adding that

Revenue figures bounce back, budget talks about to begin

The holiday shopping season brought in the green to keep state revenue figures out of the red.   Revenue collections in December came in slightly more than $10 million higher than what the legislature adopted for the month during last year’s legislative session. The December figures were a needed rebound over November’s numbers, which were

Meet the 2019 Senate Education Committee

Three new members join four committee veterans to deal with education issues on the committee level in the Senate this session.   Sen. Alan Solano takes the reigns as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m.   Let’s meet the committee members:   Sen.

Meet the 2019 House Education Committee

Two-thirds of this session’s education committee on the House side will be different than the year prior.   House Education, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., welcomes 10 new members – including four first time legislators – to the 15-member committee in 2019. Rep. Lana Greenfield will serve as committee Chair

Legislative resources for the 2019 session

The 2019 legislative session begins on Tuesday (Jan. 8) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 94th legislative session, they include: ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides you

Legislative session’s key dates in 2019

The 2019 legislative session begins soon and the 94th legislative session features more than a few key days.   This year’s session contains two more days than last year’s and kicks off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 8.   Gov. Noem also plans to hold an additional

UPDATED: Negotiated Agreement Workshops’ schedule changed

ASBSD is bringing the latest in our lineup of events aimed at assisting school board members and administrators with the negotiations process.   Join ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman and expert School Law Attorney Rodney Freeman as they review the collective bargain process and examine the negotiated agreements of school districts

Gov. Daugaard proposes 2.3 percent increase in state aid

In his final budget address, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed schools receive a 2.3 percent increase in state aid for Fiscal Year 2020.   The proposed increase in state aid meets the statutory requirement of schools receiving the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) or 3 percent, whichever is less, as CPI-W came in at 2.3 percent for

Ask your legislators if they’ll follow the state funding law

Now is the time to get your legislators in to your schools, at your board meetings or in any venue and ask them if they support the school funding expectation set forth in state law and in the state Constitution.   “We’re talking about an expectation in state law for funding schools and you, as

Delegates determine focus of ASBSD for session

School board members descended on Pierre to don the role of Delegate and do due diligence in determining the legislative focus of ASBSD.   “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,” ASBSD President Tom Farrell, of Madison

ASBSD Board of Directors convenes prior to Delegate Assembly

The ASBSD Board of Directors convened their most recent meeting prior to this year’s Delegate Assembly.   The Board approved the legislative priorities presented to the Delegates – and eventually approved – at assembly; they included: C1 School Funding C7 State Aid Inflation Factor C4 Capital Outlay Adjustments B9 Behavioral and Mental Health Resources Read

ALL points earned, ALL awards presented

School boards spent the late summer months and those in fall earning ALL points for the 2018-19 year, while ASBSD spent the same time period presenting last year’s award winners their plaques.   The 2018-19 school year marks the third year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, with board

DHS releases school safety resource

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a helpful school safety resource.   DHS’s Office of Academic Engagement published Exercise Starter Kits, which are focused on an active shooter incident and are part of the Campus Resilience (CR) Program, for the K-12 community.     The Exercise Starter Kits are self-conducted tabletop exercises (TTX) that

2018-19 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

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 sessions.   Anyone wishing to attend a webinar can download the registration form here and return it via email to Lisa@sdmunicipalleague.org. Each webinar is limited

Download the 2018-19 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.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Revenue collection ahead of collection one-third through FY19

One-third of the way through the 2019 fiscal year and South Dakota’s revenue collection is ahead of schedule.   Revenue collected through October – as reported by S.D. BFM –  is nearly $3 million ahead of projections adopted by the South Dakota Legislature during legislative session this year. July and September collections were in the

ASBSD and SLRMA continuing to bring free risk management tools to members

ASBSD has continued its partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) to provide our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection.   SLRMA is a not-for-profit organization that collects, analyzes and disseminates federal school board legal liability risk management information by providing timely articles,

Nagel joins ASBSD as CFO, Protective Trust Director

ASBSD happily welcomed Holly Nagel to the team in October.   Nagel joined ASBSD as the Chief Financial Officer and Protective Trust Services Director on October 15, replacing Matt Flett, who joined the South Dakota Department of Education.   “I am very excited to join the ASBSD organization,” Nagel said.   “My experience with ASBSD

Rapid City school board member joins state association board

Rapid City School Board 2nd Vice President Mike Roesler will join the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Board of Directors.   Roesler – who was elected to the Rapid City Board of Education in 2017 – was appointed to represent the district on the ASBSD Board. The Rapid City School District receives a seat

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – November, 2018

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Thursday, November 15. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Ramkota RiverCentre, 11:00 a.m., Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Farrell 1.1 Welcome/Introductions

Get your delegate to the 2018 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 2019 legislative session. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 16

Free risk management conference in November

Learn more about managing risk in the new millennium by attending – FOR FREE – the 2018 Joint Safety and Loss Control Training Conference.   ASBSD has joined the State of S.D. Office of Risk Management, S.D. Public Assurance Alliance, SDML Workers’ Compensation Fund, Safety Benefits, Inc. and Insurance Benefits, Inc. to sponsor the Conference

Discuss the latest in K-12 education at a 2018 Region Meeting

Discuss the latest in K-12 education with fellow board members and administrators at an ASBSD Region Meeting this Fall.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2019 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions, as well as detail the latest services

Policy Alert: Federally Required Annual Notices and 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 Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal

The best minds in school law hosting two Seminars this fall

Join the best minds in school law this fall to learn about the latest in legal topics schools face and have your questions answered.   ASBSD and COSA will host a School Law Seminar featuring a Tuesday night session discussing school district/superintendent employment contracts and a Wednesday session covering the new data breach reporting law,

Teacher pay review board adopts final report

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay approved their report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday (8/29).   On a 7-0 vote, Teacher Compensation Review Board members approved the report that will be submitted prior to the September 30 deadline with the following conclusions: The data demonstrates that South Dakota has

September proclaimed attendance awareness month

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.   The S.D. Department of Education has been working to raise awareness about the importance of regular attendance through outreach to schools and other stakeholders.   “Time out of school is learning lost,” Interim Secretary of Education Mary Stadick Smith said in a statement. “All it takes

ASBSD Board starts new year with new members, new leadership

The ASBSD Board started a new year’s work with a revamped group.   Seven new members began their terms on the ASBSD Board of Directors at the August meeting, held prior to the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.     Douglas School Board Vice President Tanya Gray (Western Region, 1,400-9,999), De Smet School Board President Shane Roth

Thoelke passes gavel to Farrell

The gavel got passed at the most recent ASBSD Board of Directors meeting.   Sioux Falls School Board Member Todd Thoelke completed his year-long term as ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell.   “I hope I’ve made an impact,” Thoelke said of his service as Board President.

Stroeder elected 2nd VP of ASBSD Board

Mobridge-Pollock School Board President Eric Stroeder was elected the Second Vice President of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota by the Board of Directors at last month’s board meeting.   The ASBSD 2nd Vice President is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee, which is also comprised of a President, 1st Vice President and Past President and

More than 50 school boards earn ALL Award in ’17-18

More than 1/3 of the public school boards in South Dakota earned statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   In the second year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 56 boards in South Dakota earned an ALL

ASBSD honors board members, community members and former Secretary of Ed.

ASBSD honored school board members, individuals from communities and a former Secretary of Education at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier earned the 2018 Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor, which is presented to a South Dakota school board member that embodies

Submit your district’s info for the 2018-19 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver

Supreme Court sides with S.D. in online sales tax collection

South Dakota earned victory in the argument over online sales tax collection.   In a 5-4 decision, members of the U.S. Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its challenge that states can collect sales tax from online retailers. The high court’s decision comes two months after Attorney General Marty Jackley presented the state’s case

Teacher Compensation Review Board meets for first time

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay convened for the first time on Wednesday (6/20).   Members of the Teacher Compensation Review Board, which was established in 2016 as part of legislation that overhauled the state’s funding formula, began their review of teacher compensation, including comparable wage indexes in surrounding states.  

Health fund retains all members, adds 14 new districts

Nearly 70 school districts and education cooperatives will comprise the health fund in Fiscal Year 2019.   The South Dakota School District Benefits Fund retained 100 percent of its membership – marking the second straight fiscal year the fund retained every member – AND added 14 new members to bring the total number of participants

p-Card picks up members & rebate dollars for sixth straight year

For the sixth year running, the p-Card Program added more members and earned more in rebates.   The p-Card Program, which is supported by ASBSD and the Illinois Association of Business Officials, saw a growth from 27 participating members in 2017 to 29 in 2018 and those members earned $82,420 in total rebates this year.

Committee commences Extraordinary Cost Fund study

Legislators tabbed to review special education funding began their study recently (6/13).   The 13-member legislative panel convened to review South Dakota’s extraordinary cost fund for special education, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “It’s an important subject for all of us,” Committee Chair Rep. Mary Duvall

Policy Alert: Posting school district election information

Policies of a school district 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   During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and Gov. Dennis

Revenue collection remains ahead with one month to go

Revenue for the fourth and fifth months of 2018 found the black and put fiscal year 2018 a positive final month away from collections outpacing estimates.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported April’s collections coming in $4.2 million above estimates with the Bank Franchise Tax ($4.7 million) being the month’s biggest winner while

Project StandUp for School Safety program being introduced

Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota have joined the South Dakota’s Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, Project StandUp and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to bring an anonymous tipping platform for school violence to South Dakota.   The new public safety tool, which the S.D. Department of Criminal

Public comment sought on proposed graduation requirements

High school graduation requirements in South Dakota may be revamped and the state is seeking input on what the public would like to see included.   The South Dakota Department of Education encourages the public to engage in a conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements by submitting their comments on

Register for the premier learning event for board members and administrators

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as more than one hundred exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Rep. Jim Schaefer: committed advocate to South Dakota

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Jim Schaefer.   “The news of Rep. Schaefer’s untimely passing is saddening,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “We ask everyone to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers.”   Rep. Schaefer served eight years in

NSBA statement on active shooter video game

NSBA recently released the following statement in response to the “Active Shooter” video game:   A video game that simulates a school shooting is alarming and disgraceful. Violence has no place in our schools.   Violent games that portray violence against students is unconscionable and undermines the efforts of public school leaders, parents, students, and

Help ASBSD connect with your new board members

With many school board elections taking place this month, a host of new board members will be set to join school boards across the state.   ASBSD would like to begin communicating with them and acclimating them to our many services, but we need the help of superintendents, business managers and current board members.   “ASBSD wants

Learn more about your role as a school board candidate and board member

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The updated guide outlines steps for interested individuals in becoming a school board candidate, the

Policy Alert: Public Comment resolution

Policies of a school district 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   House Bill 1172, which revised certain provisions regarding meetings

Policy Alert: Annual Budget and finance policies

Policies of a school district 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   ASBSD Policy Services recently overhauled our annual budget

Policy Alert: Alt. instruction, parent notification and agenda prep

Policies of a school district 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   Three ASBSD sample policies were amended recently.  

Policy Alert: ESSA updates

Policies of a school district 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   Six ASBSD sample policies have been updated to

2018’s Best and Brightest Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2018 were honored for their academic achievements at the 28th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday (4/23).   In conjunction with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent of

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2018

After February’s scheduled board meeting was postponed due to winter weather, the ASBSD Board of Directors opened their 2018 meeting schedule in Sioux Falls last week (4/20-21) covering a litany of topics and honoring three fellow members for their service on the board.   Deuel School Board President Debbe Koenecke was presented a plaque for

Rep. Sean McPherson: an honorable legislator and individual

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Sean McPherson.   The people of South Dakota have lost a dedicated public servant and very honorable man in Rep. McPherson.   “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Rep. McPherson,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “He

Nineteen districts streamlining policy process

Nineteen South Dakota school districts have streamlined their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, De Smet, Deuel, Dupree, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Haakon, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Lemmon, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield, Sisseton and Tripp-Delmont., are streamlining their policy books.   “The school board

State’s teacher pay improves national ranking

South Dakota’s teacher pay climbed the national ladder according to a recent study.   The National Education Association’s 2018 Rankings and Estimates report cited South Dakota’s average teacher salary of $46,979 in 2016-17 brought the state from 51st in the nation to 48th. The state’s average teacher salary rose by nearly $5,000 from 2015-16 to 2016-17,

Legislators appointed to interim study committees

Members were appointed to the committee set to study an area of education funding this summer.   The legislature’s Executive Board voted to approve the appointment of 13 legislators to the study of the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   The legislators include: Representatives Dan Ahlers,

Policy Alert: Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Policies of a school district 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   The ASBSD Policy Services staff and policy committee

Policy Alert: Two new policies added, two amended

Policies of a school district 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   ASBSD’s Policy Services team recently approved two new

Share your district’s good news in fifth edition of The Good News Bulletin

Prepare to share your district’s good news.   ASBSD wants to hear what your board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, students and community members are proud of for the fifth edition of The Good News Bulletin.   In the past four years, more than 100 districts have submitted 250 plus stories of student achievement, community

Revenue figures revert to the red in March

Revenue figures reverted to the red in March.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported revenue for the third month of 2018 was nearly $2 million under projections adopted by the legislature during session.   Sales Tax collections were $2.4 million less than projected for the month with Bank Franchise Tax and Unclaimed Property

One-time funding coming to schools

School districts are set to receive one-time money following the end of this fiscal year.   Joint Appropriations committee members specified the one-time dollars appropriated through the passage of House Bill 1044 during the 2018 legislative session will be distributed after June 30, but will not be included in next school year’s finance accountabilities.  

Health Fund provides low renewal rates, adds new members

You can count on two fingers or less the percentage increase in premium the 61 school districts and educational cooperatives who are members of the health fund will receive next year.   South Dakota School District Benefits Fund members recently received their health fund premium renewals, which range from zero to two percent, for Fiscal

ASBSD partners with SLRMA to bring risk management tools to members

As a leader in school risk, ASBSD partnered with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) to provide our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection.   SLRMA is a not-for-profit organization that collects, analyzes and disseminates federal school board legal liability risk

ALL Scoreboard updated as year heads towards homestretch

Nearly 50 school boards have earned ALL award levels during the 2017-18 school year.   Those award earners will receive a plaque for earning points as part of ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead, which runs throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) and boards earn points in ASBSD activities, training opportunities and demonstrating leadership at

Learn more about SafeSchools Training during upcoming webinar

Want to learn more about how your district can access a market-leading training system to meet your staff’s training needs?   Join SafeSchools for a short webinar to learn more about the training platform and how you can get started with this valuable member benefit, sponsored by ASBSD.     There will be three, half-hour

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – April, 2018

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 12:00 p.m., Sioux Falls, SD   Call

Extraordinary cost fund tabbed for interim study

An area of school funding will be studied by the legislature in this year’s interim.   Members of the legislature’s Executive Board voted unanimously to study the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “This fund is getting hit pretty hard,” Rep. Hugh Bartels

SafeSchools’ April Newsletter

SafeSchools’ latest School Safety Newsletter is now available.   Give the April edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter discusses SafeSchools’ tip reporting system, their latest training course on sudden cardiac arrest in athletes and much more with readers.     ASBSD and SafeSchools’ partnership brings each of our member districts

SFAB reviews latest waiver process

The focus of the waiver process turns to general fund cash balance in 2018.   Last year, members of the School Finance Accountability Board acted on teacher compensation waivers and at their first meeting of the year (3/12), the board took a look at the general fund cash balance waiver process.   “I know that

Submit your district’s student for the 2018 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2018 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet.     Gov. Dennis Daugaard and ASBSD, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the School Administrators of South Dakota, are hosting

Teacher Compensation Review Board members appointed

A new board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay has been appointed.   Established in 2016 as part of legislation that overhauled the state’s funding formula, the nine-member Teacher Compensation Review Board will review teacher compensation, including comparable wage indexes in surrounding states.   “The appointees have been made,” Department of Education

Apply for a Workforce Education Grant

This year, up to $900,000 in grants will be awarded to fund Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary schools.   The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. These grants can efficiently increase the number of students with access to high quality career and

Work Comp members placing AED units provided by fund

ASB Workers’ Compensation Fund member districts and education co-ops have received their free AED units.   As a leader in school risk, ASBSD and the Protective Trust granted a Zoll AED Plus free of charge to Workers’ Compensation Fund members. The Zoll AED Plus includes a CPR component unique to AED units and has a shelf-life of 5

Collective Bargaining Seminars set for March

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff.   The 2018 Collective Bargaining Seminars will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on:   Seminars will cover how districts must apply the funding formula and

Schools receive ongoing increase, one-time money

Schools will receive an ongoing increase for next school year, as well as one-time money this year, after legislators approved three bills on the final days of the full run of session.   A one percent increase – equaling approximately $12 in new money – in state aid and special education will be sent to

Restraint and seclusion policy bill passes both chambers

The two chambers of the Capitol came together on a bill requiring school districts to adopt a restraint and seclusion policy to send it to the governor’s desk.   House members passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 52-12 vote and

Gov. gets look at cap outlay obligations bill

The governor will get a look at a bill adjusting capital outlay caps.   Senators passed House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations, on a 33-1 vote.   HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations and allows them to utilize

Tribal regalia defined in bill bound for Gov.

The bill defining tribal regalia reached the governor’s office.   Senators passed an amended version of House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring or graduation ceremony, on a 34-0 vote.   “I just appreciate the discussion,” Sen.

Public comment bill bound for Gov.

A bill superseding school board policy on public comment at meetings is headed to the governor’s office.   House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, passed the Senate on a 24-9 vote.   During debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Brock Greenfield said the bill wasn’t “too onerous” and

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step

Audit report bill on to Gov.

The audit report bill is headed for the governor’s desk for signature.   By a unanimous vote, House members passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review.   The main portions of the bill affecting school boards require the department or firm performing the audit furnish a copy of the audit

Resident district notification bill reaches Gov.

A bill clarifying the notification by a student to their resident district of their plans to return reached the governor’s desk.   Senators passed House Bill 1114, which establishes certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment, on a 27-6 vote.   HB 1114 allows a student

Advocate to your legislators for an increase in state aid

With fewer than ten days left in legislative session, focus is turning towards finalizing the state budget and board members need to be advocating to their legislators for an increase in state aid for next year.   A few weeks ago, members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019

Public comment bill passed comm. on to floor

A bill potentially conflicting school board policy on public comment during meetings reached the Senate floor.   Senate Local Government committee members passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 4-2 vote in a hearing that stretched over two meetings.   HB 1172 requires school boards – and

Audit report bill reaches House floor

Just one legislative hurdle remains before a bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members reaches the governor.   House Appropriators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on an 8-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “We agree wholeheartedly with the pieces you see

Comm. amends C/O obligations bill

Changes came to a capital outlay obligations bill in committee.   Senate Education committee members unanimously approved an amended version of House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations.   Amendments made to HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations

Amended tribal regalia reaches Senate floor

An amended version of the tribal regalia bill is headed to a chamber floor.   House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring or graduation ceremony, passed the Senate Education committee on a 7-0 vote.   The amended

Resident district notification bill reaches Senate floor

A bill clarifying the law on a student’s resident district cleared another legislative hurdle.   Senate Education committee members passed House Bill 1114, which establishes certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment, on a 5-1 vote.   HB 1114 allows a student who has open enrolled out

2018 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

Bill providing appropriators leeway on waivers reaches Senate floor

A bill providing appropriators more decision making ability on waivers is a step closer to law.   On a 6-3 vote, Senate appropriators approved House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers.   Sen. Justin Cronin told committee members the bill came about following the past year’s

Enrollment threshold carve out comes out of committee

A carve out of the minimum enrollment threshold for schools came out of committee.   House Bill 1215, which revises certain provisions regarding reorganization of certain school districts with low enrollment, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote.   HB 1215 would specifically carve out an exemption for a district falling below the 100 student threshold for a

Settlement bill sent to 41st day

Two days after its hearing, defeat came for a bill prohibiting certain settlement options for the state and other political subdivisions.   On Wednesday (2/28), House Judiciary committee members voted 10-3 to defeat Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes

Two bills related to education on way to gov

Two bills related to education made their way to the governor’s desk on Tuesday (2-27).   House members passed Senate Bill 83, which authorizes certain patriotic societies access to public schools, on a 58-6 vote.   The bill permits representatives of a patriotic society, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or other patriotic societies

Restraint and seclusion policy passes House, set for Conf. Comm.

An agreement between chambers on amendments made to a bill requiring districts adopt a restraint and seclusion policy is all that keeps the legislation from the governor’s desk.   Representatives passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 37-27 vote.   The

Cap Outlay bill amended, passed on to Senate

The referendum level for capital outlay certificates, as well as installment purchase contracts and lease-purchase agreements, could be lowered as an amended bill made its way across the Capitol hall.   Representatives passed the amended addition of House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations, on a 66-0 vote.   The amendment

Accountability adjustment bills falter on floors

Two bills aimed at adjusting accountability faltered on their respective chamber floors last week (2/22).   On a 32-34 vote, Representatives defeated House Bill 1128, which revises certain provisions regarding increases in teacher compensation.   HB 1128 required school districts to meet the teacher compensation accountability standard by increasing salaries by 65 percent of the actual percentage provided

Audit report bill advances

A bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members crossed chambers last week.   Senators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on a 33-2 vote.   Sen. Deb Peters, the bill’s prime sponsor, said SB 100 would “make sure people are handling (audits) in

School lunch shaming bill shut down in Senate

A bill prohibiting school lunch shaming practices was defeated last week.   Senators voted down Senate Bill 162, which prohibits school lunch shaming, on an 11-23 tally.   SB 162 was defeated in the Senate Education committee, but a smoke-out attempt was a success on the Senate floor before the bill was ultimately defeated.  

Appropriators tackle two education funding related bills

Two education funding related bills were taken down in committee on Tuesday (2/20).   On an 8-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee defeated House Bill 1263, which increases the allowable general fund cash balances for school districts.   The bill called for an increase in the fund balance caps, which were established in

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

Two bills aim to adjust funding accountability

Two bills aimed at adjusting school funding accountability cleared their committee hearings on Tuesday (2/20).   Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 213, which revises certain education funding provisions, on a 5-1 vote. The bill was initially introduced as a vehicle bill.   SB 213 would tie a teacher compensation increase for the next

ASBSD Legislative Day Cancelled

Due to deteriorating weather conditions and the possibility for hazardous travel conditions ASBSD has CANCELLED our Legislative Day event scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 in Pierre.   The event WILL NOT be rescheduled.   ASBSD will contact the legislators that were registered for the event to inform that the event has been CANCELLED.   An

Appropriators adopt revenue projections above December’s proposal

Revenue projections adopted by appropriators present hope for a possible funding increase for schools.   On Tuesday (2/13), members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget totaling $1.641 billion, which exceeds the $1.622 billion in revenue proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his budget address in December.  

Three house bills passed

Three house bills passed out of the legislative chambers on Wednesday (2/14).   Senators passed House Bill 1099, which revises certain provisions regarding dual education credit, on a 25-8 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate Education committee, 5-1.   “This program has been a great success,” Sen. Jim Bolin said during discussion on the

Cap Outlay adjustment bill comes out of comm.

A bill affecting capital outlay caps and obligations passed committee on Thursday (2/15).   On a 10-4 vote, House Taxation committee members passed House Bill 1240, which revises certain provisions regarding C/O funding for schools.   The bill increases the alternative capital outlay cap to $3,000 per student, up from $2,800 per student, and permits

2018 School Board Recognition Week set for February 19-23

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD

Restraint and seclusion school policy bill passed by comm.

An amended edition of the restraint and seclusion policy bill passed committee on Wednesday (2/14).   House Education committee members unanimously approved Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion.   The amended version of SB 46 removed the training provision that was initially required

Lunch shaming bill defeated in comm., smoked-out on Senate floor

A bill prohibiting lunch shaming in schools succumbed in a close committee vote, but a successful smoke-out attempt advanced it.   On Tuesday (2/13), Senate Education committee members voted 4-3 against Senate Bill 162, which prohibits school lunch shaming. However, a smoke-out attempt succeeded on the Senate floor and resulted in Senate Education committee members

School ceremonies sole focus of amended regalia bill

A bill permitting an individual to wear tribal regalia at some events took a turn aimed solely at schools on Tuesday (2/13).   House members passed an amended version of House Bill 1252, which Prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring

Debate to participate ends in House

The debate to participate came to an end in the House, for now.   On a 28-38 vote, members of the House defeated House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on Monday.   The

Committee rejects policy mandate bill

School boards will continue to have control over facilities policy.   House Bill 1296, which requires each school board to establish a policy on the use of certain school district facilities by transgender persons, fell on a 11-1 vote by the House Judiciary committee on Monday (2/12).   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “The issue

School property tax exemption bill headed to Gov’s desk

A bill clarifying specific school owned property being tax exempt is close to being codified.   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday (2/12) and now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for signature.   Sen. Ryan Maher said a

Homeschool participation bill revived, then delayed

After being revived the debate on homeschool participation has been delayed.   Representatives brought back House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on the chamber floor this week.   Through what’s known as the

House Approps pass one, pass over another

Two bills, two actions in appropriations on Thursday (2/8).   House Appropriations members passed House Bill 1166, provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on an 8-1 vote.   ASBSD supported the bill.   “This gives (the committee) some flexibility to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’

Audit report bill reaches Senate floor

A bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members advanced in the legislature on Thursday (2/8).   In a unanimous vote, Senate Appropriators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review.   The main portions of the bill affecting school boards require the department or firm

School property tax exemption bill advances

A bill codifying language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to be tax exempt cleared another legislative hurdle on Wednesday (2/7).   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate Taxation committee on a 7-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “Housing

Tribal regalia bill reaches House floor

A bill permitting an individual to wear tribal regalia at some events passed committee on Wednesday (2/7).   House Judiciary members passed House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from restricting the wearing of tribal regalia during certain events, on an 8-4 vote.   HB 1252 specifically references “any award ceremony, graduation ceremony, or

Public comment requirement bill bound for Senate

The crux of a public comment bill remains unclear as it heads across the hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 60-8 vote on Wednesday (2/6).   HB 1172 requires school boards – and other political subdivisions – to provide public comment at

Two bills trek towards the Senate

Two bills trekked across the Capitol building hall towards the Senate this week.   House Bill 1221, which expands the partners in education tax credit program, passed the House Education committee on a 13-0 vote and the House on a 62-5 vote.   Sen. Kevin Killer said the addition would make one new school eligible

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

S.D. Homeland Security offering grant to school districts

The South Dakota Office of Homeland Security is offering a grant to school districts and other governmental entities designed to assist them in protecting and recovering from acts of terrorism and catastrophic events.   Homeland Security programming follows the framework of the National Preparedness Goal and supported Homeland Security projects focus on: Building protection capabilities across

Local control prevails in participation bill debate

Local control on student activity participation requirements remains intact.   House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA or school districts, was defeated on a 9-5 vote by the House Education committee.   Two days

Two school board related bills take divergent paths in House

Two school board related bills took divergent paths on Friday (2/2).   House State Affairs members defeated House Bill 1211, which requires all property tax opt out decisions be referred to a vote, on an 8-5 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified in opposition of the bill citing

One two-year averaging bill bounced by comm.

The first of two state aid enrollment calculation adjustment bills fell in committee on Friday (2/2)   House Appropriators defeated House Bill 1135, which permits school districts to use two-year averaging when calculating enrollment for state aid purposes, on a 5-3 vote.   “This is a broad issue with school districts,” Rep. Tona Rozum, the

Board election info bill heads to Gov’s desk

The first school board related bill is headed to the Governor’s desk, but it’s one with an unclear aim.   Members of the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 66, which requires school boards to post information related to school district elections within their board minutes, on a 58-9 vote on Thursday (2/1). The House’s

Bill prohibiting confidentiality settlements heads to House

A bill hampering the legal settlement options available to the state and other political subdivisions headed for the House on Thursday (2/1).   Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes a nondisclosure or confidentiality clause, passed the Senate on a

Three education bills cross Chambers

Three education bills crossed Chambers on Wednesday (1/31).   Senators passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 32-3 vote.   Sen. Deb Soholt told her fellow Senators the bill would “give guidance for the school district for their local control decision

Comm. defers action on homeschool participation bill

The right to make local decisions on student activity participation remains in limbo.   House Education committee members took testimony on Wednesday (1/31) House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA or school districts,

Addition to school property tax exemption approved

A bill clarifying school property tax exemptions passed committee on Tuesday (1/30).   House Taxation committee members passed House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, on a 10-4 vote.   HB 1143 would specifically codify language exempting housing owned by school districts for certified teachers to

Two different actions on ed. bills on Chamber floors

The Capitol’s Chamber floors saw two different actions on education related bills on Tuesday (1/30).   Representatives passed House Bill 1045, which transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in Fiscal Year 2018, on a 66-1 vote.   The bill is not in its final form and will be adjusted

Approps comm. approves bill related to current fiscal year budget

A bill revising funding for the current school year passed out of committee on Thursday (1/25).   Joint Appropriators passed House Bill 1045, which transfers $7.2 million to the general fund to support state aid to education in Fiscal Year 2018, on a unanimous vote.   The revision in funding will cover increases in state

Bill prohibiting confidentiality settlements passes comm.

A bill hampering the legal settlement options available to the state and other political subdivisions found its way out of committee this week.   The Senate Judiciary committee passed Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes a nondisclosure or confidentiality

Comm. passes bill requiring policy limiting restraint and seclusion use

Committee members passed a bill relating to the use of restraint and seclusion of students in schools.   On a 5-1 vote, members of the Senate Education committee passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion.   ASBSD supports the bill and testified in

Principals and superintendents discuss topics with House Ed.

A group of superintendents and principals discussed significant topics within and issues facing public schools with the House Education Committee on Wednesday (1/17).   Spearfish West Elementary Principal Nick Gottlob said school districts “focus on the elements we can control” but often deal with “children who are victims of crisis.”   “There’s only so many

State’s ESSA plan receives federal approval

The state’s plant to meet federal education policy requirements has been approved.   South Dakota’s state plan, which was submitted in September, for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act was recently approved by U.S. Department of Education.   “We’re very happy to see South Dakota’s ESSA plan receive federal approval,” ASBSD Executive Director

School district election info bill passes comm. and Senate

Education committee members and Senators passed a bill mandating the posting of specific school board and district election information.   On a 5-2 vote, Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 66, which requires school boards to post information related to school district elections within their board minutes. The bill also passed the Senate on

Work Comp fund distributes AED units to member districts

AED units granted free of charge to member districts and education co-ops in the ASB Workers’ Compensation Fund are being delivered!   ASBSD continually strives to be the leader in school risk and as such granted a Zoll AED Plus free of charge to Workers’ Compensation Fund members.   The Zoll AED Plus includes a

Latest revenue report accounts for revised budget figures

South Dakota’s latest revenue report accounts for revisions to Fiscal Year 2018 budget.   At his December budget address, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed revenue figures for the FY18 budget at $20.3 million lower than the figures adopted by the legislature during the 2017 session.   The figures presented during the budget address resulted in a

OMC agrees to review of ASBSD brief on executive session

ASBSD made major headway in a decision that would protect the rights of school boards and other political subdivision governing boards, as well as State Boards, when entering executive session.   Last Friday (1/5), the South Dakota Open Meeting’s Commission voted unanimously to review an amicus brief prepared by ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal

Make 2018 your district’s safest yet

Make 2018 your district’s safest yet with help from ASBSD and SafeSchools.   ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring each of our member districts access to a market-leading training system to meet your staff’s training needs with members of ASBPT’s Workers’ Compensation fund and  Property/Liability fund receiving access at no cost and all other ASBSD members receive

Meet the 2018 House Education committee

Familiar faces will fill the Capitol Building’s room 413 in the morning hours when the House Education committee meets during the 2018 legislative session.   Nearly all 15 committee members that served on House Ed. last year return to the committee. Rep. Marli Wiese will take Rep. Craig Tieszen’s seat on the committee after his tragic

Meet the 2018 Senate Education committee

The entire Senate Education committee returns intact for the 2018 legislative session.   Sen. Jim Bolin continues as Chair of the seven member committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m.   Let’s meet the committee members:   Sen. Jim Bolin (District 16) enters his tenth year in the legislature with 2018

Legislative resources for the 2018 session

The 2018 legislative session begins next week (Jan. 9) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 93rd legislative session, they include: ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides you

Legislative session’s key dates in 2018

The 2018 legislative session is fast approaching and it’s time to take a look at the schedule of the 93rd session.   The first of the 38 days in the 93rd legislative session’s calendar is on Tuesday, January 9 with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s final State of the State Address.   A little more than three weeks later

LAN training webinar on Wednesday (1/24)

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

IRS extends 2018 due dates issuing health coverage forms

The IRS recently announced (12/22) it has extended the 2018 due date for certain entities to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals.   Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers and applicable large employers now have until March 2, 2018, to provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to individuals, which is an automatic 30-day extension

Email scam targeting school districts

Recently, the IRS has been issuing warnings about an email scam, which in the past year affected hundreds of employers and tens of thousands of employees, targeting school districts’ payroll and business offices.   Scammers send a payroll or HR employee an email that appears to come from the superintendent or other administrator within the

Collections well below projections in latest revenue report

South Dakota’s avoided the worst of winter’s coldest weather, thus far, but the state’s revenue collection last month was below zero, per se.   November’s reported revenue collections came in lower than any other month thus far in fiscal year 2018 with actual collections coming in nearly $17 million lower than the projection adopted by

School Board Members: Take the NSBA Survey

School board members, your national association is asking for your input on how they can better support boards.   To improve advocacy for school board members and public education, the National School Board Association is seeking responses for their new NSBA Survey (click the link to take the survey).     The survey, which will

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”

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

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,”

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

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

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

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

Legislative direction set at Delegate Assembly

Seventy-six delegates approved ASBSD’s legislative direction for the upcoming session recently.   Delegates ratified 28 resolutions and 11 standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2018 legislative session, at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly.   Click here to review the resolutions and click here to review the standing positions.   “Our work as school boards is

ASBSD Board meets for final time in 2017

ASBSD’s Board of Directors met for the final time in 2017 prior to ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly.   Board members again reviewed the Association’s 28 resolutions and 11 standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2018 legislative session, and approved ASBSD’s Advocacy Priorities prior to their presentation to the delegates.     Read a recap

Train your staff with SafeSchools

For a slightly more than a year, ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring each of our member districts access to a market-leading training system to meet your staff’s training needs.   “The training courses are all school-focused,” ASBSD CFO and ASBPT Director Matt Flett said. “Each piece of content is relevant and applicable to

Five new schools join ASBSD’s Online Policy Community

ASBSD’s online policy services community added FIVE new members recently.   The Deuel, Dupree, Haakon, Lemmon and Sisseton School Districts joined 14 other South Dakota school districts in simplifying their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   “The school board and administration wanted to revise existing policy to reflect current issues and legislation,”

Fall’s ALL Scoreboard

ASBSD’s fall event schedule has come to a close and with that we’ve tallied up ALL points and found the most active school boards thus far in the 2017-18 school year.   Forty-three school boards have earned an ALL award distinction already – compared to 48 that earned an award level all of last year

Clean Diesel Grant Program available for schools

South Dakota public school districts are invited to apply for funding from the South Dakota Clean Diesel Grant Program, which provides funds as rebates for the purchase of a new public school bus to replace an old, high-emitting diesel public school bus.   The S.D. Department of Environment and Natural Resources provides the rebates and administers the

S.D.’s Open Meetings Law Brochure updated

South Dakota’s Open Meetings Law Brochure has been updated and recently published.   ASBSD assisted in the preparation of the brochure, which is a guide to South Dakota’s Open Meetings Law, and encourages board members and administrators to review it to stay up-to-date on the all-important statutes.   Download the Open Meetings Law Brochure here.

Revenue figures dip in October

South Dakota grabbed a rebound in revenue numbers in September, but saw the figures tipped out of bounds in October.   October’s revenue figures came in nearly $5.6 million lower than the figure set by legislative projections adopted earlier this year. October’s loss comes on the heels of last month’s $3.5 million uptick on projections.

Kirkegaard tabbed as next Education Secretary by Gov.

Meade Superintendent Don Kirkegaard was appointed to serve as South Dakota Secretary of Education by Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently.   Kirkegaard will begin serving as Secretary of Education on Jan. 1, 2018; succeeding current Secretary Melody Schopp, who is retiring on December 15.   “We’re very happy for Don and look forward to working with

Tips to prevent bullying and suicide in schools in latest SafeSchools newsletter

The November edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is now available.   Give the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter shares tips to prevent bullying and suicide in schools, improving classroom safety and much more with readers.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring all member districts the opportunity

Suicide prevention training provided by ASBSD and SafeSchools

SafeSchools offers South Dakota school districts a one hour suicide awareness and prevention training course, which meets the state’s training requirement for the initial certificate and renewal certificate of a teacher, administrator or other educational professional.   The Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training requirement comes from the passage of 2016’s Senate Bill 129, which establishes certain suicide awareness

Delegates: Join us at Delegate Assembly on Friday (Nov. 17)

District appointed Delegates should join fellow board members at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly to help establish their state school board association’s legislative direction and share their district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2018 legislative session, on Friday, November 17

Appoint your district’s delegate for the 2017 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 2018 legislative session.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for

Accountability Board reviews waiver process, updates procedures

Members of the board charged to review school district compliance with state mandates related to teacher pay recently discussed the upcoming waiver process for not meeting teacher pay mandates.   Thirty-six South Dakota school districts missed the mandates for the 2016-17 school year, which required 85 percent of the total state aid dollars be allocated for

Boards receiving ALL plaques, picking up points this fall

Since August ASBSD has presented 29 schools boards with their board recognition plaques.   A total of 48 school boards will receive a plaque for earning points as part of ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead.   Howard School Board – Gold Level   School boards earned points throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June

Waiver process available for districts not meeting mandates

The data on teacher pay is in and with that comes the need for some districts to seek a waiver.   Review the statewide teacher compensation data here.   With the passage of the half-cent increase to the state sales tax used to improve teacher pay, as well as the new state aid funding formula,

Share your thoughts with ASBSD at our region meetings

Share your thoughts on the issues surrounding public education and ASBSD at a 2017 Fall Region Meeting.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit 12 locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2018 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative platform (download drafts of our Resolutions and Standing Positions), as well

Review ASBSD’s updated legislative positions before 2017 Delegate Assembly

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved amendments, additions and deletions to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions, which were recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions set the legislative direction of ASBSD and are set to be voted on by member

Free flu shots, health screenings for health fund members

Flu season is fast approaching and sick days for staff can follow.   To combat the bug, the South Dakota School District Benefits Fund has scheduled FREE flu shot clinics at 63 unique locations across the state within SDSDBF member districts. The flu shot clinics are a FREE service for SDSDBF member districts and staff

Teacher pay in South Dakota is ticking towards its target

Teacher pay in South Dakota is ticking towards its target of $48,500.   The $48,500 average teacher pay target was set in 2016, after the legislature’s passage of a historic education funding package that ushered in a new state aid funding formula along with a half-cent increase to the state’s sales tax to fund the

Revenue numbers rebound in September

State revenue numbers rebounded in September despite sales tax figures coming in under projection for the second consecutive month.   Total revenue figures for the month of September in South Dakota were $3.5 million higher for the month than those adopted by the legislature earlier this year. Sale tax figures, however, came in under projection

Join the best minds in school law at our final seminar of the fall

Join the best minds in school law at three locations across South Dakota this fall to get your legal questions answered.   ASBSD and COSA will host School Law Seminars featuring a 90-minute session on Tuesday night discussing student related issues and a full-day Wednesday session covering criminal background checks, the conflict of interest law, opt-outs,

ASBSD Board starts new year at August meeting

The ASBSD Board ushered in a new year at their August meeting, which was held just before the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Todd Thoelke, Sioux Falls School Board Member, took the reigns as president with the passing of the gavel from Anita Peterson, Haakon School Board Member. Read about it here.     Along with the

Free identity protection for health fund members

With the Equifax data breach being the largest cyber-attack in history, it’s a good time to remind school districts participating in South Dakota School District Benefits Fund members that their Wellmark health benefits coverage keeps them safe, secure and protected from more than the cost of health care.   By being a member of SDSDBF,

Download the 2017-18 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.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Peterson passes gavel to Thoelke

ASBSD’s gavel was passed at last month’s Board of Directors meeting.   Anita Peterson, Haakon School Board Member, completed her year-long term as a ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Sioux Falls School Board Member Todd Thoelke.     “I’ve really treasured the opportunity to be (ASBSD) President,” Peterson said. “It’s been quite a

Required suicide prevention training available

SafeSchools Training provides a state approved Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, which becomes a certificate requirement effective on July 1, 2017.   The Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training requirement comes from the passage of 2016’s Senate Bill 129, which establishes certain suicide awareness and prevention training requirements for certain school employees.   South

Good News Bulletin website up and running

ASBSD’s The Good News Bulletin website is up and running and ready to publish your district’s good news stories year-round.   ASBSD has been proud to publish The Good News Bulletin as our way of highlighting some of the stories that illustrate the many different avenues of achievement and success in our schools for the

Lutkemeier elected 2nd VP of ASBSD Board

Last month, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors elected Wilmot School Board Member Denise Lutkemeier to the Association’s 2nd Vice President position.   The ASBSD 2nd Vice President is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee, which is also comprised of a President, 1st Vice President and Past President and comprises the leadership team, along

Three members of the ASBSD Board of Directors were reelected to their positions

Three members of the ASBSD Board of Directors were reelected to their positions and began their four year terms last month.   Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell was reelected to represent the Association’s Southeast Region member districts in the 700-1,399 enrollment category. A member of his local board since 2010, Farrell has been

Putnam and SDPB honored by ASBSD

Mitchell School Board Vice President Neil Putnam earned the 2017 ASBSD Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor and South Dakota Public Broadcasting received the ASBSD School Bell Award.   Each accepted their awards at the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The Outstanding School Board Member honor is presented to a South Dakota school board

ALL points added up at end of first year

School boards spent many hours striving to enhance their knowledge base of board work in 2016-17.   In the first year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, nearly one-third (48) of the total number of public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL award.   “South Dakota’s public

ALL’s first update of 2017-18

Boards are back to putting forth all their effort to enhance their knowledge base.   ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead – thrived in its first year and after two months of activity in 2017-18, board are back to putting up points.   Read the roundup of ALL’s 2016-17 here.   School boards earn

Submit your district’s info for the 2017-18 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver

Policy Alert: Criminal Background Checks

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD recently updated our sample Criminal Background Check policy and exhibit and

Fourteen schools streamlining board policy process

Fourteen South Dakota school districts have simplified their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, De Smet, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield and Tripp-Delmont, are streamlining their policy books.   “The ASBSD Policy Service process allowed our

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – August, 2017

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday, August 9. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Sioux Falls Convention Center, 12:00 p.m. (CST), Sioux Falls, SD   Call to

Learn more about your roles and responsibilities on the board

New and veteran school board members looking to learn more about the roles and responsibilities associated with their service should join ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer at one of ASBSD’s upcoming Board Member Roles and Responsibilities Workshops.   “These events will be beneficial for newly elected, as well as experienced board members,” Royer

Prepare for your role as President at our workshop

Veteran and new school board presidents/chairs alike should join ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer at one of ASBSD’s upcoming School Board President Workshops, which will assist them in understanding their role and responsibility in planning and facilitating regular and special school board meetings.   From assembling an agenda to adjourning the meeting and

ASBSD updating criminal background check sample policy

Recently, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation updated the criminal background check process, which is being required by the FBI.   ASBSD’s Executive Director Wade Pogany, Director of Policy & Legal Services Gerry Kaufman and Director of Communications Tyler Pickner met with DCI Identification Specialist Jami Oakland and DCI Identification Section Leader Angela Smith.

Submitting Board Minutes related to the COI Law

In May, ASBSD shared an updated Conflict of Interest Q and A designed to help school board members and administrators navigate House Bill 1170, which amended and clarified the complex conflict of interest law.   Click here to read the Conflict of Interest Q and A and click here to read our corresponding blog post.

Videos: Stand Up 4 Public Schools

For everyone who understands and appreciates the value of public education, the National School Boards Association is providing an excellent platform to demonstrate their support for public education.   NSBA’s The Stand Up 4 Public Schools campaign has been refreshed and the new strategic concept is aimed at telling the full and rich story of

Register for the Premier Learning Event for Board Members and Administrators

South Dakota’s premier learning event for school board members and administrators is now open for registration.   Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions, as well as many different exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday

ASBSD’s guide for school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The updated guide outlines steps for interested individuals in becoming

2017 Conflict of Interest Q and A

A bill updating the conflict of interest statute was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during the 2017 legislative session.   To assist school district officials understand the updates made to the law, ASBSD has put together a Q and A document to help you navigate through the law,

Help ASBSD connect with your new board members

With many school board elections taking place this month, a host of new board members will be set to join school boards across the state.   ASBSD would like to begin communicating with them and acclimating them to our many services, but we need the help of superintendents, business managers and current board members.   “We

State’s ESSA plan presented, public comment wanted

The state has a plan in place to meet the requirements of the federal education policy.   At the State Board of Education meeting in May (5/15) a summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act was presented following a year’s worth of discussion with educators and stakeholders in South Dakota,

Policy Alert: Updated Conflict of Interest sample policy

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD recently wrote a new sample policy: AH Conflict of Interest Disclosure and

p-Card program generates $66K in rebates

For the fifth year in a row the p-Card Program grew.   Sponsored by ASBSD, in partnership with the Illinois Association of Business Officials (IASBO), the p-Card Program reached 28 members who received more than $66,000 in rebates.   The p-Card operates similarly to a credit card and with more districts participating in the program and more dollars spent with the

Sales tax talk at Legislative Exec Board meeting

What’s going on with sales tax revenue was once again a topic of discussion during the legislative interim.   “We’ve got to keep this issue front and center if we’re going to keep funding public education and social services,” Rep. Mark Mickelson said during Monday’s (5/15) Legislative Executive Board meeting.   Legislative Executive Board members

ALL points adding up as year nears end

Although the school year is near the end and summer set to begin, school boards will continue their work.   As you continue your work, your board still has a chance to earn points towards ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead.   ALL recognizes board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and

Gov. proclaims May 8-12 Teacher Appreciation Week

South Dakota will celebrate a truly great group this week: our state’s teachers.   Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently proclaimed May 8-12 as Teacher Appreciation Week in South Dakota.   “Our state’s teachers deserve celebration for all the wonderful work they do for the students, schools and communities of South Dakota,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany

Missed the SafeSchools webinar? Watch it here!

Representatives from nearly 30 different school districts registered for the informative webinar session to learn how their district can access hundreds of school focused courses offered by SafeSchools.   Even if you weren’t able to join, you can learn more about SafeSchools and their course offerings by watching the brief webinar recording here.   SafeSchools

USDA announces flexibilities in school nutrition

Changes to school meal programs are in the works at the federal level.   Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs.   “This announcement is the result of years of feedback from students, schools, and food service

Legislative comm. requests SFAB add appeal process to rules

The South Dakota Legislature’s Rule Review committee reviewed the rules of the School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) and asked them to review their rules again to make some additions.   On a 3-2 vote, Rules Review committee members sent the SFAB rules back to the board with the request to add an appeals process, which

May edition of the School Safety Newsletter

The May edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is now available.   Give the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter provides information on SafeSchools’ updated bullying prevention training course, their new threat assessment course, school bus safety offerings and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring all

QZAB deadline May 12

Eligible South Dakota public school districts can apply for bond authorizations used for rehabilitating public school facilities and to provide equipment, instructional materials and professional development for teachers.   The South Dakota Department of Education has indicated the state has approximately $1.8 million available in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs). Schools may apply for bond

2017’s Best and Brightest Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2017 were honored for their academic achievements at the 27th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday (4/24).   In conjunction with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent of

Revenue collection remains major issue

Since the start of 2017 revenue reports have not been rosy.   That tepid trend continued during the April meeting of the legislature’s Executive Board. S.D. Legislative Research Council Fiscal Analyst Jeff Mehlhaff informed board members the state’s general fund revenue is down $3 million from “where we anticipated being” based on the restructured revenue estimates

ASBSD Board meets in Rapid City

ASBSD’s Board of Directors convened in Rapid City recently for their second meeting of 2017.   Board members were treated to a presentation by students and staff of the Ateyapi Mentoring Program. The program is led by American Indian mentors who are drug and alcohol free, and knowledgeable about Lakota culture.     Traditional Lakota

Free webinars covering SafeSchools courses

ASBSD and SafeSchools invite you to an informative webinar session to learn how you can access hundreds of school focused courses for your district at no charge!   SafeSchools Training, which partnered with ASBSD last fall to bring all member districts access to a market-leading training system, is a web-based training and compliance system designed

Revenue collection remains behind in South Dakota

Revenue in South Dakota is not on the rise.   A recently released report by the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management noted general fund collections for fiscal year 2017 remain lower than expected; even after estimates were recalculated and adopted by the legislature.   Collections in March came in nearly $4 million lower

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – April, 2017

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza Hotel, 12:30 p.m. (MST), Rapid City, SD  

Apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes grant

Associated School Board’s Protective Trust invites school districts to apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes grant.   Voya Financial partners with ASBPT to provide our members life insurance and has provided nearly $5 million in awarded grants in the past two decades.     Review and complete the online application here.   Grants are given to K-12

Latest School Safety Matters Newsletter

SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter for April is now available.   Give the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   April’s newsletter focuses on a district’s role in child abuse prevention, a safety alert on a social media app causing concern, SafeSchools’ Accident Tracking system, new online Paraeducator Training and much more.    

Is your district meeting accountability requirements?

Is your district in compliance with the school finance accountability requirements established through the 2016 education funding package?   Download the S.D. Department of Education’s Information on Accountabilities sheet here.   For fiscal year 2017, school districts had two accountability targets to meet related to teacher compensation: Total Compensation Accountability – requiring districts to put

Appropriators review role in waiver process

Legislative appropriators recently discussed their role in the accountability waiver process.   “We’re walking in some new ground here,” Sen. Larry Tidemann, Chair of the Appropriations committee, said during the committee’s first interim meeting of 2017.   The Appropriators reviewed the School Finance Accountability Board’s adopted accountability rules and how the committee fits in the

Free emergency planning course for school officials

Preparing for all types of disaster is of the utmost importance in school safety.   The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management is hosting a FREE, two-day course in April to help school district officials prepare for all types of potential disasters.   District officials can register for the Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools course,

Read the first BoardDocs newsletter of 2017

BoardDocs provide school boards and districts state-of-the-art services that save money, streamline operations and reduce time spent producing board packets and in 2017 has expanded their subscriber support offerings with a new Best Practices program.   Learn more about BoardDocs’ “Best Practices” webinars in the latest edition of their board management newsletter, which also features information

SFAB adopts rules, hears teacher pay accountability report

School Finance Accountability Board members met for the first time in 2017 and adopted a slightly amended version of the board’s rules.   SFAB’s rules outline the different facets of the board’s work including the waiver request process, which requires waiver requests be submitted to the board before the first Friday in November, the documentation school

Submit your district’s student for the 2017 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2017 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet.     Gov. Dennis Daugaard and ASBSD, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the School Administrators of

SFAB seeking input from schools

A group charged to review school district compliance with the requirements of the state’s school funding formula is seeking input from school officials on their proposed rules.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 to review and possibly approve proposed rules for the board.

Legislators approve increase in funding for schools

South Dakota public schools will NOT take a cut in funding and will receive a 0.3 percent increase in state aid for the 2017-18 school year.   Senate and House members overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 35, which provides 0.3 percent increase in funding for the general and special education funds, raises levies to coincide with the

Bill updating COI law on way to Gov.

A bill updating the conflict of interest statute is headed for the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard.   House members unanimously concurred with Senate amendments to House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, sending the bill to the governor for review and signature.   ASBSD supports the bill.   Executive Director

COI penalty bill passed on to Gov.

An upgrade to criminal charges that can be filed for a conflict of interest crime has climbed to the governor’s desk.   House Judiciary committee members and Representatives passed Senate Bill 27, which prohibits public officials from misusing their position for personal gain, provides a penalty therefor and implements a grievance process for reporting misuse.  

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2017

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met for the first time in 2017 and welcomed a new member to the board.   Rapid City School Board Member Ron Riherd joined the ASBSD Board of Directors for his meeting representing the district.     Riherd is in his first year on his local board and

House passes bill providing no increase in ed. funding

Schools remain set to receive no increase in state aid after Tuesday’s (3/7) session in the House of Representatives.   House members voted 42-25 in favor of Senate Bill 35, which provides zero percent increase in funding for general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead rate for additional salary and benefit costs.

Construction option elimination bill headed to Gov

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will have final review of the elimination of a cost-saving construction option for school districts and other public entities.   House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects, passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote. The bill reached the floor after the rare recommendation by the Senate Judiciary

Amended bill provides NO increase in funding for schools

School districts would receive no increase in funding for next school year based on the latest version of the state aid funding bill passed by a legislative committee.   House Appropriators passed the amended Senate Bill 35, which provides zero percent increase in funding for general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead

One bus bill passed and one stopped in legislature

One school bus bill passed and one came to a stop in the legislature recently.   House Bill 1110, which revises certain provisions regarding school bus stop violations, flew through the Senate Transportation and Senate floor without a “nay” vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which lowers the speed limit allowed when passing a school bus with

COI update bill passes Senate

A bill updating last year’s conflict of interest law has passed the Senate and will be a vote away in the House away from heading to the governor.   House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a unanimous vote and received a lone nay vote

Crossover Day crosses out three ed. related bills

Crossover Day saw the end for two education related bills in the Senate and one in the House, last week.   Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate for an outcome in any partisan election or legislative vote, was overwhelming opposed by Senators on a 27-8 vote.  

Two bills tumble out of ed. committees

Two bills tumbled out of favor of the education committees recently.   House Education committee members voted 11-4 to send Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, to the 41st legislative day – essentially ending its run this session.   The bill would have allowed teachers to theorize in the classroom

Reserve fund timeline extension bill cut short

A bill that would have extended the timeline for a district to spend down their reserves spent its last day in the legislature on Thursday (3/2).   House Appropriations committee members voted 6-2 against Senate Bill 92, which changes the year a school district is required to bring general fund reserves down to a certain

SafeSchools Newsletter’s March edition

The latest edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give March’s School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   2017’s third edition of the newsletter provides information on the update to SafeSchools’ website, the youth suicide awareness and prevention course, budget tips for safety costs and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring all member

2017 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

Bill limiting school board advocacy resources passes comm.

School board members representing South Dakota’s public districts could see limitations to their advocacy efforts that other elected officials throughout the state do not have placed on them.   Senate Education committee members voted 4-2 to pass an amended version of Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate

Rev. projections pose possible problem for proposed funding increase

South Dakota’s revenue projections point to possible trouble for schools to maintain the proposed one percent increase in funding for next year.   Legislative appropriators adopted revenue projections coming in at $27.7 million less than what was proposed during December’s budget address. The main culprit of the reduction in revenue was the state’s sales and

Collective Bargaining Seminars set to explain latest on negotiations

ASBSD will host one more Collective Bargaining Seminar in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff in 2017.   The remaining 2017 Collective Bargaining Seminar will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on:   It will cover how districts must apply the funding

Learn more about the ASBPT health fund during our free webinars

Learn more about the unparalleled access to the health benefits available to school districts and their employees through the South Dakota School District Benefits Fund and the steps made to enhance the health benefits fund at our FREE, SDSDBF Informational Webinars.   Find out about SDSDBF’s strong partnership with Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield of

Bill prohibiting recording in class without permission passed

Permission would be required to record – visually or audibly – in South Dakota classrooms should a hoghoused bill continue rolling through the legislature.   House Bill 1196, which prohibits the unauthorized use of electronic listening or recording devices in classrooms, passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote, after being hoghoused to its

Dyslexia policy bill passed by comm

An amended version of a bill adding support for dyslexic – and similarly learning disabled – students passed its first legislative committee.   On a 13-2 vote, House Education committee members supported House Bill 1133, which requires a school district to adopt a policy to provide for students with specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia.  

Bill updating COI law passed by committee

Conflict of interest law is in line for an update following a legislative committee’s approval of new bill.   House Judiciary committee members unanimously passed House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, on Monday (2/13).   ASBSD supports the bill and was an integral part in the development of new provisions

Pair of school bus bills pass House

Two transportation bills related to schools trekked toward the Senate recently.   The House Transportation committee and House floor passed House Bill 1109, which prohibits the use of handheld electronic wireless devices by school bus drivers. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   Rep. Craig Tieszen, HB 1109’s sponsor, said the bill “will prevent school bus

Tech school governance board bill bound for Gov.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will receive the bill creating the governing board for postsecondary technical institutes.   Senate Bill 65, which establishes the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and revises certain provisions for CTE and tech institutes, passed House State Affairs committee and House floor recently.   ASBSD supports the bill, which still provides local control

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – February, 2017

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 20. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting RedRossa Italian Grille, 12:00 p.m. (CST), Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President

Youth Business Adventure opportunity available for HS students & staff

For 38 years, the South Dakota Youth Business Adventure has offered a business education program for high school juniors & sophomores, as well as educators in the state.   Sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, YBA has educated more than 6,500 students and 500 educators on business and entrepreneurship since 1980.   This

ASBSD needs your ideas for The Good News Bulletin!

Share ideas with ASBSD for stories from your district for the fourth edition of The Good News Bulletin.   “We just need an idea from a district and we’ll take it from there for your good news story,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany. “Every school district has good news to share and we want the

S.D. School Board Recognition Week set for February

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD

ASBSD Legislative Day scheduled for February 21

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2017 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 21.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and celebration of the service of our school board members as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.     School board members

No transparency for tax credit scholarship program

The right for taxpayers to review who was donating would be tax dollars to a private school scholarship program was denied on Wednesday.   On a 10-5 vote, House Education members defeated House Bill 1125, which permits transparency for the public to see certain information relating to the partners in education tax credit program.  

Bill triggering sales tax reduction defeated

An attempt to trigger a process to reduce the half-cent sales tax increase implemented last year was defeated by a legislative committee on Tuesday (2/7).   On a 9-5 vote, members of the House Taxation committee opposed House Bill 1131, which triggers reduction process of sales tax based on collection and remission of sales tax

Bill eliminating cost saving construction option passed

A bill eliminating the cost saving option of utilizing a construction manager as the architect or engineer in a construction project passed one half of the legislature.   On a 44-23 vote, House members passed House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects.   HB 1112 would

ASBSD Board seats up for election in 2017

The 2017 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 1,400-9,999 Southeast region with enrollment 700-1,399 Southeast region with enrollment 265 & Under Western region with enrollment 265 & Under All school board members

Four-day board referral option falls

A bill that would have allowed school boards the opportunity to refer a four-day school week to district voters was defeated in committee.   Senate Education committee members voted 4-2 to defeat Senate Bill 112, which would have allowed school boards to refer the decision to change the number of school days in the week

Two bills reach Gov’s desk

Two House bills being tracked by ASBSD have reached Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for review and signature.   Senators passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers, on a 34-0 vote on Monday (2/6).   HB 1021 would implement a provision for the South Dakota Department

COI criminal penalty increase bill passed

An upgrade to criminal charges that can be filed for a conflict of interest crime got closer to implementation on Thursday (2/2).   Senators unanimously passed a slightly amended addition of Senate Bill 27, which which prohibits public officials from misusing their position for personal gain, provides a penalty therefor and implements a grievance process

Senate sends tech institute board bill to House

The creation of the governing board for postsecondary technical institutes came further to fruition after getting through its first legislative chamber.   On Tuesday (1/31), Senators passed Senate Bill 65, which establishes the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and revises certain provisions for CTE and tech institutes, on a 33-0 vote.   SB 65

Treatment center ed. funding one step from Gov’s desk

Just one more legislative hurdle remains for a plan to adjust the funding method for education and other services for students placed in behavioral treatment centers.   Senate Education committee members unanimously passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers, at Thursday’s meeting (2/2).

February edition of the SafeSchools newsletter

A new edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give February’s School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   The year’s second edition of the newsletter shares information on SafeSchools’ online bullying and incident reporting system, raises awareness about teen dating violence, provides news on terrorism and response courses and much more.     ASBSD

Learn more about the ASBPT health fund at two, free info meetings

Learn more about the unparalleled access to the health benefits available to school districts and their employees through the South Dakota School District Benefits Fund and the steps made to enhance the health benefits fund at our FREE, SDSDBF Informational Meetings.   Find out about SDSDBF’s strong partnership with Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Firearm prohibition liability bill falls in committee

Legislative committee members defeated a bill that would have held schools and other public entities liable for civil damages for prohibiting firearm possession on their property.   Senate Bill 89, which would have made public entity liable for civil damages resulting from injury caused by a crime of violence on their property if they prohibit

Restricted bathroom access bill withdrawn

For now, the debate about a state policy restricting access for transgender students to school bathrooms, locker rooms and other changing facilities has stopped.   At Tuesday’s Senate Education committee meeting, Sen. Jim Bolin, the committee chair, announced Senate Bill 115, which called for restricted access to certain locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities

Scientific info bill sent to House

After consecutive years of being left to freeze on the 41st legislative day, a bill allowing teachers to theorize in the classroom on the strengths and weaknesses of scientific topics was warmed up to by Senators.   Senate Bill 55, which protects the teaching of certain scientific information, passed the Senate Education committee on a

One percent increase bill passes first comm.

With many weeks to go, the bill providing public schools a proposed one percent increase in funding cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday (1/25).   Senate Appropriations committee members unanimously passed Senate Bill 35, adjusts the general education fund levy, average teacher salary target and the overhead rate for additional salary and benefit costs.

Tech Institute governance board bill passes comm.

The first legislative step in creating a governing board for postsecondary technical institutes was taken on Thursday (Jan. 26).   Senate Education committee members unanimously passed Senate Bill 65, which establishes the South Dakota Board of Technical Education and revises certain provisions for CTE and tech institutes.   “This is a very needed, positive and

Treatment center education services funding bill passes House

The plan to adjust the funding method for education and other services for students placed in behavioral treatment centers crossed the hall in the Capitol this week.   House members passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers, on a 64-3 vote on Wednesday

House passes rep area election change notification bill

A bill adjusting the notification procedures of boundary changes to local representation areas passed its legislative chamber of origin.   Members of the House and Local Government committee unanimously passed HB 1036, which requires a local election official to notify their county auditor of any external boundary changes prior to local election.   HB 1036

Get your good news ready for The Good News Bulletin

Get your district’s good news ready!   ASBSD wants to hear what your board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, students and community members are proud of for the fourth edition of The Good News Bulletin.   Over the last three years more than 90 districts have submitted nearly 200 stories of student achievement, community engagement,

DOR discusses online sales tax revenue

Online sales tax revenue received more attention during the second week of legislative session.   The Senate Taxation committee welcomed Department of Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach to their meeting on Wednesday (1/18) to discuss a variety of subjects that included online sales tax.   One of the first questions asked of Sec. Gerlach was about

Funding plan for treatment center ed. services passed

A proposal to adjust the funding method of education services provided for students placed in treatment centers passed its first committee hearing on Friday (Jan. 20).   House Education committee members unanimously passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers.   S.D. Department of Education CFO

Policy Alert: Board Meeting Participation, E-Rate

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD has amended sample policy BDDH: Public Participation at Board Meetings (Public/Open

Bill elevating conflict of interest penalty passed

A bill stiffening the penalty for public officials misusing their position for personal gain passed its initial committee hearing on Thursday (Jan. 19).   “If (public officials) misuse that position they should be treated like anybody else,” South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley testified before Senate Judiciary committee.   Senate Bill 27, which prohibits public

Twelve districts streamlining school policy in 2017

Twelve South Dakota school districts are streamlining the school board policy process in 2017   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Leola, McIntosh, Miller and Tripp-Delmont, are in the process of electronically organizing their policy book.   “A year ago we decided we needed to

Gov. shares sales tax news in State of the State

As he has since 2011, Gov. Dennis Daugaard opened the latest legislative session with his State of the State address on Tuesday (Jan. 10).   Gov. Daugaard touched on a number of topics during the address, but maybe none as noteworthy – and surprising – as his announcement that South Dakota and Internet giant Amazon

Pledge program presents districts better interest rates on bonds

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors received an overview of an expanded state program that increases the rating of capital outlay bonds or certificates issued to schools and provide them with better interest rates.   S.D. Health and Educational Facilities Authority Director Don Templeton shared information on the program, which was updated by the

Meet the 2017 House Education committee

There will be plenty of fresh faces in room 413 of the Capitol Building when the House Education committee convenes for its meeting of the 2017 legislative session.   Only five of the 15 committee members served on House Ed. last year, with six of the 10 new committee members being freshmen legislators, as well.

Meet the 2017 Senate Education committee

Despite replacing five of members from last year’s Senate Education committee, the legislators prepped to review bills that will affect South Dakota schools are no strangers to education.   Sen. Jim Bolin will take the lead as Chair of the seven member committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m.

2017’s first edition of the SafeSchools Newsletter

The most recent edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give the first 2017 School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   January’s edition of the newsletter recaps SafeSchools’ 2016, shares insight on doing a mid-year compliance check in your district, discusses new technologies that make using SafeSchools easier and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have

Legislative resources for the 2017 session

The 2017 legislative session begins next week (Jan. 10) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 92nd legislative session and informed about ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides

Legislative session’s key dates in 2017

With just a week before the 2017 legislative session begins, it’s time to take a look at the schedule of the 92nd session.   The first of the 38 days in the 92nd legislative session’s calendar is on Tuesday, January 10 with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s penultimate State of the State Address.     Friday, February 3 marks

ALL Scoreboard through 2016

2016 brought a new way for ASBSD to honor the tireless work of South Dakota’s school boards.   ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead – which recognizes board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and training, and demonstrated leadership at a variety of levels, was introduced and boards earned points.   School boards

ASBSD’s legislative direction set at Delegate Assembly

Winter weather put the initial ASBSD Delegate Assembly date on hold and brought its blusteriness to the day again, but didn’t stop 70 delegates from setting the Association’s legislative direction for the 2017 session.   “ASBSD and school board members unite to form is a powerful grassroots advocacy network that helps lead public education forward

ASBSD enrollment categories updated by Board of Directors

ASBSD’s governance structure received an update as the ASBSD Board of Directors voted in favor of bringing the Association’s enrollment categories up-to-date based on enrollment figures from the 2015-16 school year.   The updated enrollment categories take effect immediately, as the 2017 ASBSD Board of Directors election cycle is set to begin soon. Learn more

SFAB holds first reading of admin rules, approves waiver docs

School Finance Accountability Board members met for the final time in 2016, reading the board’s rules for the first time and approving the cash balance and teacher compensation waivers.   SFAB’s rules outline the different facets of the board’s work including the waiver request process, which requires waiver requests be submitted to the board before

Gov’s budget proposal includes one percent increase for schools

Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed a one percent increase in funding for K-12 schools at his budget address for fiscal year 2018.   The proposed increase brings $6.8 million in new money to schools and the one percent increase was higher than what was required by law, as inflation came in at 0.3 percent.   “We’re

No coverage disruption for SDSDBF members in January

The network disruption between DakotaCare/Avera Health Plans and Sanford Health Plan on January 1, 2017 WILL NOT affect individual members of the South Dakota School District Benefits Fund.   “The partnership between ASBSD and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota gives the members of our health fund access to every hospital and

ASBSD Pres. Peterson appointed to national committee

ASBSD President Anita Peterson, of the Haakon School District, has been appointed to the 2017 National School Board Association’s National Nominating Committee.   NSBA President Miranda Beard appointed Peterson, along with four other school board representatives from across the United States, to the committee, which shall nominate one or more nominees for NSBA offices.  

December edition of the School Safety Newsletter

The December edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s edition of the newsletter discusses the new SafeSchools course on administrative supervision of students, their safety data sheets management system and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring all member districts the opportunity

Delegate Assembly rescheduled for December 7

  ASBSD Delegate Assembly will be held on Wednesday, December 7 in Pierre at the Ramkota RiverCentre (920 West Sioux Ave.) beginning at 1 p.m. and concluding at approximately 5 p.m.     Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for the upcoming legislative session.   If you have questions, please contact Tyler at tpickner@asbsd.org or at

Review ASBSD’s updated legislative positions before Delegate Assembly

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 has been

Survey shows teacher salaries up nearly 12 percent

A survey conducted this fall by the South Dakota Department of Education revealed a nearly 12 percent increase in average teacher salaries this year compared to last.   According to the survey of school districts, the projected average salary of public school teachers for Fiscal Year 2017 is $46,924, which represents an 11.9 percent increase

Read the latest edition of the BoardDocs newsletter

BoardDocs provide school boards and districts state-of-the-art services that save money, streamline operations and reduce time spent producing board packets and recently celebrated its 2,000th subscriber milestone and added to their growing State Association partner program.   Learn more about BoardDocs’ milestone in the latest edition of their board management newsletter, which also features information

ASBPT health fund members can participate in upcoming ACA webinars

Associated School Board Protective Trust will be hosting a FREE webinars, in conjunction with Eide Bailly, covering K-12 ACA compliance for health fund members.   “We’re looking forward to a very informative webinar hosted by an exceptionally knowledgeable source in Eide Bailly,” CFO/ASBPT Director Matt Flett said. “We hope our health fund members will join us

Fall’s ALL Scoreboard

This summer ASBSD introduced our new Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead – which recognizes board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and training, and demonstrated leadership at a variety of levels.   For additional information about the program, click here to visit the ALL webpage.     Through the fall activities heading towards Delegate

Finance Accountability board reviews rules and waivers

On the first Friday in November of 2016, a group charged with tracking compliance with the requirements of the state’s school funding formula reviewed proposed deadlines that could be significant for some school districts on the first Friday in November of 2017.   School Finance Accountability Board members reviewed draft rules for school districts submitting

Read the November edition of the SafeSchools newsletter

November’s edition of SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s edition of the newsletter provides information on SafeSchools’ online safety and compliance training courses, new Cybersecurity courses, an alert of a new instant messaging app and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring

Sign up for School Board U’s revamped Fiscal Responsibility course

South Dakota remodeled its state funding formula in 2016 so ASBSD revamped its School Board U GAVEL Fiscal Responsibility course.   The latest rendition of the fiscal responsibility course – available to you through our online training site – presents the basics on school district finances and helps board members better understand the state’s new

The Yankton Model

During the 2014-15 school year the Yankton School Board utilized ASBSD’s School Board U course options in order for five board members to become GAVEL certified, which placed all board members on the same knowledge plane, in an effort dubbed: The Yankton Model.   Since that time, Yankton board members have combined to complete 15 School

Reach out to ASBSD at our Region Meetings

School board members and administrators, ASBSD is looking forward to seeing and hearing from you at our 2016 Fall Region Meetings.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will stop at 10 locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2017 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative platform (download drafts of our Standing Positions and Resolutions).

Fund your CTE program through a Workforce Ed. Grant

The Department of Education is now accepting applications for the 2017 Workforce Education Grants, which offer districts a chance to make transformative changes in their career and technical education programs.   Resources for the 2017 Workforce Education Grants are available on the Department of Education website and, in addition, DOE CTE staff will hold conference calls

EPSCoR grants available for STEM programs

South Dakota EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is looking for innovators in the area of career and technical education who would like to create or improve a program facilitating the exploration of STEM disciplines by students.   EPSCoR was established by the National Science Foundation to strengthen research and education in STEM and

Finance Accountability Board meets for second time

A group charged to review school district compliance with the state’s new school funding formula met for the second time this week (10/3).   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board recently reviewed a proposed timeline for waivers, examples that compel a district to apply for a waiver and an example of what a waiver

South Dakota’s 2016 report card shows assessment score growth

South Dakota students showed positive growth in state assessments this year.   The South Dakota Department of Education released the 2016 South Dakota Report Card – a review of schools’ performance based on multiple indicators – on Tuesday (10/4). The report card showed students scoring proficient on the English language arts and math assessments had

Download the 2016-17 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.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Read the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter

The latest edition of SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This edition of the newsletter features information on school bullying, school bus safety, a new SafeSchools training course on terrorism awareness and prevention and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partenered to bring all member

ASBSD will answer your legal questions at our school law seminars

ASBSD is set to answer your legal questions at this fall’s School Law Seminars.   The School Law Seminars will feature a 90-minute bonus session on Tuesday night explaining the updated conflict of interest law passed during the 2016 legislative session and a full-day Wednesday session covering a demonstration from the South Dakota Highway Patrol’s

Employee Shared Service Grant submission opportunity reopened

School districts can again submit applications for the Employee Shared Service Grant opportunity.   Senate Bill 133 included an on-going appropriation of $1.6 million to provide two types of shared services: Those involving state-purchased goods and services provided to districts, and; Those involving district sharing employees. Application proposals for the grant must be submitted by an accredited

Districts again invited to apply for the classroom innovation grant

Applications for the Classroom Innovation Grant are again being accepted.   The grant opportunity, funded through Senate Bill 133, is designed to provide funding for developing teacher training and classroom access to virtual education and customized learning tools.   Districts that were awarded innovation grants in the first round selection process are not eligible to apply during

Election Workshops online & in Pierre this fall

South Dakota’s 2016 election workshop schedule is set for the fall.   The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass – including question-and-answer sessions.   Download the Registration Form here.  

Submit a resolution for ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   Download the resolutions and standing positions here.   As member districts, you have the opportunity to vote on the resolutions and standing positions each year at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, Nov. 18.     Before Delegate Assembly, your district also has the opportunity

Ten districts taking advantage of ASBSD’s online policy options

Almost a year after its launch, the ASBSD online policy services community continues to grow.   Ten school districts from across South Dakota have signed up for the service that streamlines the school board policy process.   “A year ago we decided we needed to completely review and revamp our school policy manual,” Kimball Superintendent

School Finance Accountability Board holds first meeting

Another piece of the historic education funding package passed by the legislature this year came to fruition on Friday (Sept. 9).   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board held their first meeting via teleconference to discuss the responsibilities placed upon them through Senate Bill 131.   Board members – who were appointed by Gov.

RC Board Member joins ASBSD Board of Directors

Rapid City School Board Member Ron Riherd will join the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Board of Directors.   Riherd – who was elected to the Rapid City Board of Education in 2016 – was selected by his fellow local board members to represent the district on the ASBSD Board. The Rapid City School

August’s “ALL Scoreboard”

The ASBSD Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead – recognizes board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and training, and demonstrated leadership at a variety of levels.   For additional information about the program, click here to visit the ALL webpage.       As school boards head toward the fall months, we’ve

Checkout the School Safety Matters newsletter

A few weeks ago, ASBSD and SafeSchools Online Staff Training System announced their partnership to bring all member districts access to their market-leading online staff training system, beginning in September, and now we’re bringing you the first edition of their popular School Safety Matters newsletter.   Give the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.  

Rep. Dan Dryden: a great man and a great champion for South Dakota

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Dan Dryden.   Along with the many that knew and loved Representative Dryden, the people of South Dakota have lost a great champion of the values and beliefs that make this state great.   “We’re deeply saddened by

Submit your district’s info for the 2016-17 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver

Sales tax, state aid and the start of the fiscal year

It’s been three months since the State implemented the half-penny sales tax the legislature passed.   House Bill 1182 provided the means for schools to raise teacher salaries based on the infusion of $67 million into the new state aid formula. As expected, school districts provided raises to teachers using those funds through their collective

LSBA raising funds for schools affected by flood

The historic flooding event occurring in south Louisiana is happening just as many school districts are starting the new school year.   School districts now face the challenge of trying to get schools up and running again – without the necessary supplies and many families have lost all their belongings and their homes.   State

Recognizing ALL the effort of school boards

The ASBSD Board Recognition Program – ALL is designed to recognize school boards for their dedicated and ethical service to the students of South Dakota. This program will recognize board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and training, and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   “Board members put in a great deal

SafeSchools Training System available to ASBSD members in September

ASBSD and SafeSchools Online Staff Training System are partnering to bring all member districts access to a market-leading training system creating even safer learning environments for students and staff members.   Members of the Associated School Boards Protective Trust’s Workers’ Compensation and Property/Liability Funds have access to the training system at no cost and all

ASBSD Board meets prior to Convention

The ASBSD Board ushered in a new year at their August meeting, which was held just before the 2016 ASBSD-SASD Convention.     Anita Peterson, Haakon School Board Member, took the reigns as president with the passing of the gavel from Eric Stroeder, Mobridge-Pollock School Board President. Read about it here.   Along with the

Stroeder passes gavel to Peterson

The annual ASBSD President’s “passing of the gavel” accompanied the August Board of Directors meeting agenda.   Eric Stroeder, Mobridge-Pollock School Board President, finished what he referred to as “a whirlwind year” as ASBSD President, passing the gavel to Haakon School Board Member Anita Peterson.     “It’s been a great thrill to be ASBSD

Farrell elected ASBSD 2nd V.P.

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors recently elected Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell to the Association’s 2nd Vice President position at their August meeting.   Farrell has served on the ASBSD Board of Directors since 2014, as the representative for the Southeast Region’s 700-1,399 enrollment category, and as a member of the ASBSD Policy

NSBA President shares her message with board members

National School Boards Association (NSBA) President Miranda Beard joined the ASBSD Board of Directors at their August meeting and spoke at ASBSD-SASD Convention.   At the ASBSD Board meeting, Beard, who began serving her year-long term as NSBA President in April, shared one of her motivations for serving on her local school board.    

2016-17 ASBSD Events Calendar

Get ready for ASBSD’s 2016-17 acting, learning and leading events.   Visit our Events Page or download the calendar and review all the events we’ll be hosting for the upcoming year.   ASBSD starts the fiscal year with a new spin on a past event as we’ll be hosting three School Board President Workshops on

Homeland Security grant funding available

Applications for Homeland Security grant funding is available.   Public schools, along with state and local, public and private nonprofit agencies and non-public schools, are eligible to apply.   The deadline to apply for the grant is Monday, August 1. Funding will be available by January 2017.   Grants will focus on basic security measures,

Policy Alert: Conflict of Interest legislation

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   House Bill 1214, the new law that prohibits school board members and

On the Market: Desks for sale

The Corsica-Stickney School District has approximately 100 single unit desks on surplus. The desks were purchased during the 1970s.   If anyone would like to purchase the desks, please contact Superintendent Scott Muckey via email at scott.muckey@k12.sd.us.   If your district is seeking items to purchase or has items to sell, forward the information on

Free crisis training for Southeast South Dakota government agencies

Next month, employees of governmental agencies in nine Southeast South Dakota counties can take part in training to help them recognize signs of a meth lab and increase their knowledge of encounters with an active shooter.   The City of Beresford, in conjunction with the S.D. Division of Criminal Investigation and the S.D. Highway Patrol

p-Card Program participants receive rebate rewards

Participation in the p-Card Program continues to see marked growth.   Sponsored by ASBSD, in partnership with the Illinois Association of Business Officials (IASBO), the p-Card Program has grown to 24 districts and handed out more than $55,000 in rebates to members.   “The more districts participating in the program and more dollars spent with

Policy Alert: Revised School Governance 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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD has revised a number of ASBSD sample policies in response to

Policy Alert: Revised 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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD has revised a number of ASBSD sample policies in response to

Policy Alert: Revised Fiscal 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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD has revised a number of ASBSD sample policies in response to

ASBSD awards apps available

Let’s honor those that give their time and effort to enhance education in their district.   Submit candidates for ASBSD’s School Board Award of Excellence, Outstanding School Board Member of the Year, Community Service Award and Longevity Award.   “Let’s recognize and thank those outstanding individuals and boards for their dedication to enhancing the education

Be a part of the S.D. Summit on Civic Education and Engagement

The Chiesman Center for Democracy is inviting the public to participate in an important round table discussion on civic education that will take place next month in Pierre.   Help develop a set of recommendations to be shared and acted upon by those organizations interested in moving adults and young people toward a more educated,

Read the Good News from our public schools

One of South Dakota’s best assets is our great education system.   From Kindergarten through 12th grade our kids demonstrate success in many different ways. Some are honored for their academic achievement, some for athletic or fine arts talents, while others for their involvement in clubs and organizations in their schools.     Our teachers,

Here’s how McLaughlin saved time and money using BoardDocs

Recently, McLaughlin Superintendent Scott Lepke shared his district’s very positive experience utilizing BoardDocs – the state-of-the-art paperless board meeting service that saves districts money, streamlines operations and reduces time spent producing board packets.   “As an overall efficiency standard, (BoardDocs) hit that very well,” Lepke said during a webinar hosted by ASBSD and BoardDocs. “We

ASBSD Online Board Policy community gaining members

Nine South Dakota school districts have joined ASBSD’s online school board policy community since the launch of ASBSD’s Online Policy Services last September.   Alcester-Hudson, Centerville, Colome Consoldiated, Elkton, Leola, Kimball, Miller, Tripp-Delmont and Wilmot have become members of the online school board policy community, which offers them the opportunity to search the board policies

PT Work Comp fund pays dividends for members

Sixty-eight participating members of the Associated School Boards Protective Trust Workers’ Compensation Fund will soon receive their portion of the fourth and final $500,000 payment of a $2 million total dividend.   The Protective Trust Board of Directors voted in 2012 to distribute the excess capital over a four year period after the fund’s actuaries

ASBSD Board reviews strategic plan, passes budget

ASBSD Board of Directors members met in Brookings in April to review the direction of the Association and approve the FY 2017 budget.   Board members reviewed the progress in ASBSD’s strategic plan, which they approved at last year’s April meeting.     The four goals of the strategic plan include: Provide school board members

Students Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2016 were honored for their academic achievements at the 26th Annual Academic Excellence Luncheon in Pierre on Monday.   In conjunction with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent of their senior

BoardDocs webinar rescheduled for May 4

Representatives from the McLaughlin School District and BoardDocs will host a FREE event to share with you how going paperless has saved their district dollars and time AND how it can do the same for you!   Join McLaughlin Superintendent Scott Lepke, School Board President Juliana White Bull-Taken Alive and Principal Jeremy Hurd, BoardDocs and ASBSD for

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – April, 2016

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Brookings, SD on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors meeting Daktronics Executive Board Meeting Room, 12:00 p.m. (CDT), Brookings, SD   Call

Collective Bargaining Seminar added to School Board U course list

ASBSD recently wrapped up a slate of Collective Bargaining Seminars, which covered how districts must apply the new funding formula, the accountability requirements introduced by the new legislation and negotiating teacher salary and benefits.   For those not able to attend the in-person training, but interested in the information, we have converted it into training

In the Market: Items sought for purchase

The Tea Area School District is looking to purchase three items for the district, they include: One piece student desks (prefer entry from either side, but would consider other options); Musical instruments; Piano. If you have those items available, please contact Tea Area Business Manager Chris Esping at 605-498-2700, extension 6, or via email at

Former ASBSD Exec. Gene Enck celebrating 80th birthday

Former ASBSD Executive Director Gene Enck will be celebrating his 80th birthday this spring and his family invites all of Gene’s friends and colleagues to surprise him with a birthday card shower.   Gene’s family expressed how special his time at ASBSD and the people he worked with still are to him and he would

Program promotes C/O bond rating increases, better interest rates for schools

During the 2015 legislative session, the South Dakota Legislature adopted Senate Bill 191 authorizing an expanded State Aid Pledge Program through the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority.   Lt. Gov. Matt Michels said the program is “beneficial to our schools” because it would designate the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority Intercept Program as

Video: funding formula explanation

With the passage of each piece of Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s education funding proposal, the state’s funding formula has transformed immensely.   To help explain the changes brought about from Senate Bill 131, Gov. Daugaard’s Chief of Staff Tony Vehnhuizen, Deputy Policy Advisor Patrick Weber and DOE Finance and Management

Gov. signs private school scholarship bill

A proposal for private school scholarships to be funded by public dollars was signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard last week, just days before the legislature reconvenes for veto day (3/29).   Senate Bill 159, which uses tax credits from the insurance company premium and annuity tax to fund private school scholarships, passed the Senate on

A look at the final pieces of the education funding plan

With the passage of each piece of Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s education funding proposal, the state’s funding formula and other funds have seen extensive changes. Below is a breakdown of the key pieces of the formula and changes made.   You can download a PDF version of this information here

Submit your district’s student for the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2016 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet.   Gov. Dennis Daugaard and ASBSD, in cooperation with the Department of Education and SASD, are hosting the

ASBSD’s Guide for School Board Candidates

School board election dates are quickly being set and with that comes the possibility for new candidates seeking a position on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has a developed a brief video guide to share with new school board candidates and school districts as a way to prime candidates for

SB 131: Gov. signs funding formula bill to cap historic session

After a legislative journey that saw new pieces added at each legislative stop, the state’s new funding formula was signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on the final day of the 2016 legislative session.   In the final week of legislative session, House members passed a freshly amended Senate Bill 131, which establishes a

HB 1182: Sales tax increase bill passes Senate, signed by Gov.

A sigh of relief and well deserved celebration followed the clearing of the final legislative hurdle by the bill increasing the state’s sales tax by a half cent and that celebration continued through the final day of the 91st legislative session (3/11) when Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the bill into law.   Senators broke the

HB 1008: Gov. vetoes restricted bathroom access bill

Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill restricting access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender students, which could have potentially put school districts in a legal quandary.   After passing the House and Senate, House Bill 1008, which would have separated bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms in public schools based on the biological sex

SB 159: Private school scholarship bill being reviewed by Gov.

A proposal for private school scholarships to be funded by public dollars found its way on to the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, but still has one more hurdle to clear.   Senate Bill 159, which uses tax credits from the insurance company premium and annuity tax to fund private school scholarships, passed the Senate on

Multitude of bills reach Gov’s desk

Multiple bills related to public education and school boards were signed into law during the last week of the 91st legislative session.   Senate Bill 5, which which revises the process of school district boundary change, overwhelmingly found favor from the Senate (32-1) and House (65-2) before Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed it into law. ASBSD

SB 133: Funding for innovative ed. options signed by Gov.

A key piece of the proposal package to improve teacher pay and public education funding in South Dakota found near unanimous favor in the legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.   Senate Bill 133, which would appropriate $5 million to a variety of programs that would assist school districts in sharing services,

UPDATED: Collective Bargaining Seminars Scheduled

With the passage of each piece of Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s education funding proposal, the negotiations landscape has changed and ASBSD is here to explain the requirements that come with the new laws and answer your questions.   We will host Collective Bargaining Seminars to update school board members and

SB 159: Private school scholarship bill sent through Senate

Two weeks after it came out of committee, a bill providing funding for private school scholarships found its way out of the Senate.   Senate Bill 159, which uses tax credits from the insurance company premium and annuity tax to fund private school scholarships, passed the Senate on a vote of 24-11.   SB 159 would

HB 1182: Senate comm. supports sales tax increase

A recurring theme of legislative committee hearings of the bill calling for the increase to the state’s sales tax is the lack of opponent testimony.   Similar to its House committee hearing, House Bill 1182, which increases the state’s sales tax by a half cent and reduces property taxes, had a line of proponents testifying

SB 5: MBC bill bound for House floor

Members of a House committee favored fixing the minor boundary change process.   House Education committee members voted 13-0 to pass Senate Bill 5, which revises the process of school district boundary change.   ASBSD Policy and Legal Services Director Gerry Kaufman testified in favor of SB 5, noting the change would provide “stable school

SB 73: Open meeting expansion bill moves on in House

A proposed expansion to open meeting laws took another step in the legislative process.   House State Affairs committee members passed Senate Bill 73, which clarifies what constitutes an open meeting and includes electronic medium meetings under open meeting’s law, on a vote of 11-1.   The legislation was a reply to concern about government

2016 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota. A big thanks to Nancy Hilding of the

SB 131: Funding formula proposal approved by Senate

The final piece in a proposal to increase funding for public education and teacher pay passed its legislative chamber of origin on Tuesday (2/23).   Senators voted 29-6 to pass Senate Bill 131, which establishes a target teacher salary and a target teacher ratio and revises certain provisions regarding education funding.   SB 131 was

HB 1102: Bid timeline extension reaches Gov.

Gov. Daugaard will have final say on a bill expanding the bid process timeline.   Senators unanimously approved House Bill 1102, which expands the period from 30 to 45 days for the opening of bids to the time the contract must be awarded. The bill now awaits Gov. Daugaard’s signature to become law.   Supporters

HB 1182: Sales Tax Increase bill passes House on second try

After years of need, months of discussion, weeks of review, days of votes and delays, and few changed minds, a bill providing the much needed revenue source for school districts to improve teacher pay took its first step towards becoming law on Monday (2/22).   Members of the House of Representatives voted 47-21 to pass

SB 131 & 133: Bills from Gov’s ed. funding incresae proposal advance

Two-thirds of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s teacher pay increase proposal advanced in the legislative process.   Senate State Affairs committee members unanimously approved Senate Bill 131, which establishes a target teacher salary and a target teacher ratio and to revise certain provisions regarding education funding, and Senate Bill 133, which appropriates funds for districts to use

HB 1090: Insurance pooling audit bill reaches Gov

A bill related to insurance pooling reached Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk recently.   House Bill 1090, which requires certain statements and audits concerning insurance pooling arrangements to be filed with the Department of Legislative Audit, passed the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee and full Senate on unanimous votes.   ASBSD supports the bill, which will

HB 1214: No conflict in House with conflict of interest bill

Senators will soon see a bill outlining conflict of interest disclosure.   On a 67-0 vote, members of the House passed House Bill 1214, which regulates conflicts of interest. HB 1214 saw no opposition during its time in the House and now heads to the Senate for review.   HB 1214 prohibits school board members and

SB 63: Safety plan bill sees favor in House comm.

A bill implementing a school safety plan process is a step closer to becoming law.   Members of the House Education committee passed Senate Bill 63, which requires school districts to implement, practice and review safety plans, on a vote of 10-3 on Wednesday (2/17).   “Whatever plan is best for the school, that’s what

HB 1008: Restricted bathroom access bill advances to Gov.

A bill restricting access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender students, potentially putting school districts in a legal quandary, made its way to the governor’s desk recently.   House Bill 1008, which separates bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms in public schools based on the biological sex of a student, narrowly passed the Senate

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2016

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met for the first time in 2016 to welcome a new member to the group and follow up on the latest from legislative session.   Montrose School Board Member Alan Van Ruler attended his inaugural meeting as a member of the Board Directors, since being appointed ASBSD President

HB 1008: Resricted bathroom access bill advances to Sen. floor

A bill restricting access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender students, potentially putting school districts in a legal quandary, took another step towards becoming law.   House Bill 1008, which separates bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms in public schools based on the biological sex of a student, passed the Senate Education committee on a

HB 1214: Comm. concurs with conflict of interest bill

A bill outlining conflict of interest disclosures passed a legislative committee recently.   House Bill 1214, which regulates conflicts of interest, unanimously passed the House State Affairs committee after a brief hearing.   “This (bill) would provide a process for everyone to follow,” Rep. Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, said. “I think the public would

ASBSD Board seats up for election in 2016

The 2016 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 and Under Northeast region with enrollment of 1400-9999 Northeast region with enrollment of 700-1399 Southeast region with enrollment of 1400-9999 Southeast region with

HB 1182: Sales Tax Increase bill debate stalled

This afternoon members of the House of Representatives began the debate on the proposed half cent increase to the state sales tax – House Bill 1182 – that will provide school districts the new, ongoing revenue source desperately needed to attract and retain our teachers.   The debate, however, was cut short when members of

2016 School Board Recognition Week set for February

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “The week offer’s your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD Executive Director

Halfway through session, public ed. bills moving quickly

Legislation is crossing chambers and headed to the governor’s desk quickly as the 91st legislative session crosses its halfway point. Here’s a brief rundown on the action taken on a few of the bills ASBSD is tracking.   House Bill 1056, which clarifies language from legislation passed last year, ensuring a veteran would receive an

SB 5: MBC bill moves on to House

A new manner for the minor boundary change process found favor in the Senate on Tuesday (2/9).   Senators passed Senate Bill 5, which revises the process of school district boundary change, on a vote of 33-1.   SB 5 would remove the provision in law that allows for school district boundary changes to be

SB 159: Private school scholarship bill advances

The debate on providing private school scholarships for students returned to South Dakota’s legislature.   Senate Bill 159, which uses tax credits from the insurance company premium and annuity tax to fund private school scholarships, passed the Senate Education committee on a vote of 6-1.   SB 159 would provide $2 million in scholarship dollars

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – February, 2016

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 15. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Ramkota RiverCentre, 12:00 p.m. (CST), Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Stroeder

HB 1182: Sales tax increase bill sails through comm.

A parade of supporters and unanimous committee vote got Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to increase teacher pay off to a great start on Monday (2/8).   Nearly 20 supporters from the education, business and agriculture communities testified in favor of House Bill 1182, which increases the state’s sales tax by a half cent and reduces

SB 73: Committee forwards email meeting bill

Legislative committee members forwarded on a bill prohibiting impromptu email meetings of government bodies.   Senate State Affairs committee members unanimously attached their vote of confidence to Senate Bill 73, which clarifies what constitutes an open meeting and includes electronic medium meetings under open meeting’s law.   Sen. Corey Brown, the bill’s sponsor, said the

SB 90: Bill permitting public to record meeting passed by comm.

Legislative committee members agreed with the premise of a bill allowing a public meeting to be recorded.   Senate Judiciary voted 6-0 to pass Senate Bill 90, which ensures that members of the public can record a public meeting via audio or video so long as it is not disruptive. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.

HB 1034: Sen. approves local election ballots bill, on to Gov

A bill proposing a minor adjustment to local election ballots is on its way to the governor’s desk.   Following a 7-0 vote by the Senate Local Government committee and a vote of 35-0 by the Senate, House Bill 1034, which revises certain provisions concerning local government elections, has just one more step in the legislative

HB 1086: House decides against new prop tax class

For at least another year, there will be just three property tax classes in South Dakota.   House members made that decision when they defeated House Bill 1086, which would have created a leased residential property classification, on a vote of 28-39.   The bill did not set a levy for leased property, which is

Sales tax increase needed for teacher pay improvement, assists property tax payers

ASBSD and school board members across the state support and continue to advocate in favor of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposed half cent sales tax increase.   “Our school board members are committed to supporting the half cent sales tax increase that will help them recruit and retain our teachers,” ASBSD President Eric Stroeder said. “The bill

SB 63: Senators send on school safety plan bill

Senators sent a school safety plan on to the House on Wednesday (2/3).   On a 34-1 vote, Senators passed a slightly amended version of Senate Bill 63, which requires school districts to implement, practice and review safety plans.   “The emergency plan really needs to be developed and looked at every year,” Sen. Larry

HB 1102: Bid law timeline extension bill advances

Legislative committee members favored a bill expanding the bid process timeline.   House Bill 1102, which expands the period from 30 to 45 days for the opening of bids to the time the contract must be awarded, passed the House Local Government committee on a 12-1 vote on Tuesday (2/2).   “Thirty days is simply

HB 1090: Insurance pool audit bill passes House

A bill related to insurance pooling has passed the House and is headed for the Senate.   House Bill 1090, which requires certain statements and audits concerning insurance pooling arrangements to be filed with the Department of Legislative Audit, passed the House Commerce and Energy committee on 13-0 vote and the House on a vote of

Submit your good news ideas or stories by Friday

We NEED your district’s Good News stories or ideas.   We need to share the stories prove why our public school districts are great with our legislators and the public. Submit story ideas (you do not have to write the full story, just submit an idea and we can take it from there) along with

HB 1097: Other revenue decrease bill defeated

A bill with the potential to subtract up to $400,000 in other revenue for school districts failed to find support in the House on Tuesday (2/2).   House Bill 1097, which would exempt certain taxes and fees from the gross receipts tax on telecommunications services, was defeated by Representatives on a 24-41 vote. ASBSD opposed the

HB 1032: Senate sends energy cost savings bill to Gov.

Through the House and now the Senate, on to the governor’s desk goes a bill at improving energy costs for building projects.   Members of the Senate Commerce and Energy committee initially passed HB 1032, which revises certain provisions regarding guaranteed energy savings contracts, on a 6-0 vote and the full Senate sent the bill on

Join us at 2016 ASBSD Legislative Day

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2016 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 16.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and celebration of the service of our school board members as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.     School

HB 1086: Conversation on leased residential tax class continues

The debate about adding a leased residential property tax classification started on Thursday (1/27).   “What we don’t have is a category for those people that live in a property, but don’t own it,” Rep. Don Haggar, the bill’s sponsor, testified. “(House Bill 1086) just creates the category.”   House Taxation committee members expressed interest

HB 1097: Other revenue decrease bill passes committee

Legislative committee members approved a bill that could potentially subtract up to $400,000 from other revenue supplied to school districts on Thursday (1/28).   On an 11-4 vote, members of the House Taxation committee passed House Bill 1097, which would exempt certain taxes and fees from the gross receipts tax on telecommunications services.   South

HB 1008: Amended version for restricted bathroom access bill passes House

An amended version of a bill restricting access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender students, which could have unknown legal ramifications for public schools, passed the House.   House Bill 1008, which separates bathrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms in public schools based on the biological sex of a student, passed the House State

HB 1056: Veterans’ preference clarification bill clears House

Legislation clarifying veterans’ preference language found favor from the House of Representatives.   House State Affairs members unanimously passed an amended version of House Bill 1056, which revises certain provisions relating to the veterans’ preference in employment, on Monday (1/25), with members of the House doing the same on Wednesday (1/27).   HB 1056’s sponsor, Rep. Fred

SB 5: Minor boundary change proposal passes comm.

The minor boundary change process took its first step towards change on Tuesday (1/26).   Members of the Senate Education committee passed Senate Bill 5, which revises the process of school district boundary change, on a 5-0 vote. ASBSD supports the bill.   “We believe it’s a good resolution for stabilizing district boundaries,” ASBSD Director

SB 63: School safety plan bill sent through comm.

Legislation requiring school safety plans saw overwhelming support from the education community.   At Tuesday’s (1/26) Senate Education committee hearing for Senate Bill 63, which requires schools to implement school safety plans and conduct lockdown drills, representatives from ASBSD, SASD, SDEA and the state Department of Education testified in favor of the bill. SB 63

SASD, ASBSD discuss funding proposal with Gov’s Chief of Staff

School Administrators of South Dakota Executive Director Rob Monson and ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany recently sat down with Gov. Daugaard’s Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen to discuss the proposed half cent increase to the state’s sales tax, the new funding formula and the accompanying education funding pieces of the plan.   “We see a

Two weeks to submit a story for the Good News Bulletin

We NEED your district’s Good News stories   With Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s recent proposal to put more than $80 million in total funding towards public education through a half cent increase to the sales tax, we need to share the stories that prove why our public school districts are great with our legislators and the

HB 1034: House favors local election ballots proposal bill

A bill that proposes a minor adjustment to local election ballots passed the House.   On 13-0 vote at Thursday’s (1/21) meeting, members of House Local Government committee passed House Bill 1034, which revises certain provisions concerning local government elections, and recommended it be placed on the House’s consent calendar. The House also passed the bill

HB 1032: Energy costs savings bill powers way to Senate

A bill aimed at improving energy costs for building projects powered its way through its first legislative chamber.   House Commerce and Energy members passed House Bill 1032 on a 12-0 vote on Wednesday (1/20). House members approved the bill the following day.   HB 1032 revises certain provisions regarding guaranteed energy savings contracts. During

ASBSD’s 2016 legislative resources

The 2016 legislative session begins Tuesday (Jan. 12) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Three ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 91st legislative session and informed about ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides you

New member appointed to ASBSD Board

Montrose School Board Member Alan Van Ruler has been appointed to a seat on the Associated School Boards of South Dakota Board of Directors by ASBSD President Eric Stroeder.   Van Ruler will represent ASBSD’s Southeastern Region, 265 and under enrollment category.   “We’re thrilled to have Alan join our team,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade

Meet the 2016 Senate Education committee members

An experienced group of legislators will examine education issues on the Senate side this session.   The seven-member Senate Education committee returns intact from 2015 with Sen. Deb Soholot again serving as Committee Chair. The group is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. during session.   Let’s get to know a little

Meet the 2016 House Education Committee members

A year after welcoming eight new members aboard, Chair of the House Education committee Rep. Jacqueline Sly will lead a group that returns intact.   House Education meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m. with Rep. Sly chairing the committee for the fourth consecutive year.   Let’s get to know the committee members:  

Proposed formula’s funding for districts detailed

At his State of the State Address (Jan. 12), Gov. Dennis Daugaard unveiled a historic proposal to put more than $80 million, most of which would be generated a sales tax increase, towards improving teacher salaries in order to solve the teacher shortage plaguing South Dakota’s school districts.   ASBSD is supporting Gov. Daugaard’s proposal.

Policy Alert: policy adoption amended, among others

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD’s sample school policies have seen some updates recently.   ASBSD has

ASBSD supporting Gov. Daugaard’s education funding proposal

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address today was a historic step forward for the funding of public education and it’s a step ASBSD and our Board of Directors supports.   The governor’s pledge of more than $80 million in total funding for schools is the biggest immediate increase we’ve seen in decades and

The important dates of the 2016 legislative calendar

We’re coming up on the 2016 legislative and it’s time to take a look at the calendar.   The 38 days in the 91st legislative session’s calendar begin on January 12 with the State of the State Address from Gov. Dennis Daugaard expected to be highlighted by his proposal related to improving teacher salaries.     As

Flett earns ASBOI school business official certification

ASBSD Chief Financial Officer Matt Flett recently earned the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International).     The SFO Certification is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating eligibility through work experience and education, passing a comprehensive two-part

Learn how a S.D. school district saves dollars with BoardDocs

Interested in learning about saving dollars in your district’s budget just by going paperless at your meetings?   Join ASBSD, BoardDocs and representatives from the McLaughlin School District as they discuss the many benefits of going paperless during a FREE webinar on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. (CDT).   To register for the webinar: Click here

Every Student Succeeds Act signed into law

The end of No Child Left Behind came recently with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which serves as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.   President Barack Obama signed ESSA into law on December 10, one day after the bill passed the U.S. Senate 85-12 and

Share a trip to ASBSD’s Carpool Events

To start 2016, ASBSD is offering member districts a new event opportunity: The Carpool Event.   ASBSD’s Collective Bargaining Seminars and LAN Training events will coincide with each other, but are two separate events, on three Saturdays in January to present school board members and administrators the opportunity to carpool to the location.   “The

Get your district’s stories ready for The Good News Bulletin

Get your district’s good news ready.   ASBSD invites you to share your district’s feats of accomplishment or innovation, successful cooperative community projects or any story that makes you proud of your district for our third edition of The Good News Bulletin.   “Every school district has good news to share,” said ASBSD Executive Director

Gov. Daugaard says teacher pay needs improvement, proposal coming in January

Gov. Dennis Daugaard punctuated his budget address on Tuesday (Dec. 8) by stating teacher salaries in South Dakota need to be improved.   “I agree that South Dakota needs to increase teacher salaries,” Gov. Daugaard said, noting that the state was falling behind other states in the upper plains region.   “The public expects us

ASBSD Board welcomes new member, discusses BRTF

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors met last month and welcomed a new member to the board and reviewed the recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Task Force.   The Board of Directors were joined by Howard School Board President Rick Olson, who was recently appointed by ASBSD President Eric Stroeder to represent the Southeast

Has your district appointed an ASBSD LAN member?

It’s time again to activate the ASBSD Legislative Action Network (LAN).   The 2016 legislative session is two months away and we’re preparing our member districts for session through LAN, which is designed to activate local school board members to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public

MBC Task Force favors one bill draft, sets meeting to review another

Members of the Minor Boundary Task Force met this month (November) for the fourth time to recommend proposed legislation, discuss additional proposals and review their final report.   Task Force members reviewed draft legislation and public comments received since their August meeting on the proposed legislation to change the process by which a school district