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February06

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.  
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February06

2019 ASBSD guide for current and potential 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
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February06

Access to opioid antagonists for schools approved by Senate

A bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists crossed the Capitol hall.   On a 33-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would be directed in state law and administrative
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February05

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
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February05

Gov. Noem to review opportunity scholarship access bill

A bill dealing with access to the opportunity scholarship has reached its final stage before becoming law.   House members concurred in Senate amendments to House Bill 1040, which revises provisions for alternative instruction students to receive the opportunity scholarship, on a 70-0 vote.   HB 1040 now heads to Gov. Kristi Noem for her review and potential
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February05

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
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February04

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
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February04

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
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February04

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.”  
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February03

Senate sends settlement prohibition bill to House

A bill keeping the government from entering into confidential settlements saw its way across the Capitol hall.   Senate Bill 59, which prohibits the state or a political subdivision from including a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement in a settlement, passed the Senate Judiciary committee on a 5-0 vote and full Senate, 23-10.   Sen. Arthur
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