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February04

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
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February04

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
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February04

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
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February04

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
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February03

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
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February02

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
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February01

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
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February01

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
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February01

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
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January31

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,
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