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April27

Rep. Sean McPherson: an honorable legislator and individual

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Sean McPherson.   The people of South Dakota have lost a dedicated public servant and very honorable man in Rep. McPherson.   “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Rep. McPherson,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “He
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April26

Nineteen districts streamlining policy process

Nineteen South Dakota school districts have streamlined their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, De Smet, Deuel, Dupree, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Haakon, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Lemmon, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield, Sisseton and Tripp-Delmont., are streamlining their policy books.   “The school board
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April24

State’s teacher pay improves national ranking

South Dakota’s teacher pay climbed the national ladder according to a recent study.   The National Education Association’s 2018 Rankings and Estimates report cited South Dakota’s average teacher salary of $46,979 in 2016-17 brought the state from 51st in the nation to 48th. The state’s average teacher salary rose by nearly $5,000 from 2015-16 to 2016-17,
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April23

Legislators appointed to interim study committees

Members were appointed to the committee set to study an area of education funding this summer.   The legislature’s Executive Board voted to approve the appointment of 13 legislators to the study of the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   The legislators include: Representatives Dan Ahlers,
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April22

Policy Alert: Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   The ASBSD Policy Services staff and policy committee
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April21

Policy Alert: Two new policies added, two amended

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD’s Policy Services team recently approved two new
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April20

Share your district’s good news in fifth edition of The Good News Bulletin

Prepare to share your district’s good news.   ASBSD wants to hear what your board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, students and community members are proud of for the fifth edition of The Good News Bulletin.   In the past four years, more than 100 districts have submitted 250 plus stories of student achievement, community
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April14

Revenue figures revert to the red in March

Revenue figures reverted to the red in March.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported revenue for the third month of 2018 was nearly $2 million under projections adopted by the legislature during session.   Sales Tax collections were $2.4 million less than projected for the month with Bank Franchise Tax and Unclaimed Property
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April13

One-time funding coming to schools

School districts are set to receive one-time money following the end of this fiscal year.   Joint Appropriations committee members specified the one-time dollars appropriated through the passage of House Bill 1044 during the 2018 legislative session will be distributed after June 30, but will not be included in next school year’s finance accountabilities.  
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April11

Health Fund provides low renewal rates, adds new members

You can count on two fingers or less the percentage increase in premium the 61 school districts and educational cooperatives who are members of the health fund will receive next year.   South Dakota School District Benefits Fund members recently received their health fund premium renewals, which range from zero to two percent, for Fiscal
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