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April17

Revenue collection remains behind in South Dakota

Revenue in South Dakota is not on the rise.   A recently released report by the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management noted general fund collections for fiscal year 2017 remain lower than expected; even after estimates were recalculated and adopted by the legislature.   Collections in March came in nearly $4 million lower
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April15

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – April, 2017

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza Hotel, 12:30 p.m. (MST), Rapid City, SD  
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April11

A guide for new board members and candidates

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
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April02

Apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes grant

Associated School Board’s Protective Trust invites school districts to apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes grant.   Voya Financial partners with ASBPT to provide our members life insurance and has provided nearly $5 million in awarded grants in the past two decades.     Review and complete the online application here.   Grants are given to K-12
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April01

Latest School Safety Matters Newsletter

SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter for April is now available.   Give the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   April’s newsletter focuses on a district’s role in child abuse prevention, a safety alert on a social media app causing concern, SafeSchools’ Accident Tracking system, new online Paraeducator Training and much more.    
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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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