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May30

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,
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May18

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
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May17

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
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May16

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
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May14

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
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May08

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
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May06

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
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May05

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
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May01

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
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May01

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
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