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September01

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.
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August30

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
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August29

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
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August29

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
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August27

2018-19 Election Workshop and webinars scheduled

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.   Download the Circulating Nomination Petition instructions here and the 2019 School Election Calendar here.   There will be six, free webinar workshops scheduled
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August01

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
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June21

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
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June20

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.  
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June19

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
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June18

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.
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