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March31

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
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March31

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
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March29

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,
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March29

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
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March23

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
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March23

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
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March12

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.
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March10

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
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March09

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
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March09

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.  
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