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June17

Committee commences Extraordinary Cost Fund study

Legislators tabbed to review special education funding began their study recently (6/13).   The 13-member legislative panel convened to review South Dakota’s extraordinary cost fund for special education, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “It’s an important subject for all of us,” Committee Chair Rep. Mary Duvall
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June16

Policy Alert: Posting school district election information

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   During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and Gov. Dennis
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June07

Revenue collection remains ahead with one month to go

Revenue for the fourth and fifth months of 2018 found the black and put fiscal year 2018 a positive final month away from collections outpacing estimates.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported April’s collections coming in $4.2 million above estimates with the Bank Franchise Tax ($4.7 million) being the month’s biggest winner while
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June05

Project StandUp for School Safety program being introduced

Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota have joined the South Dakota’s Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, Project StandUp and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to bring an anonymous tipping platform for school violence to South Dakota.   The new public safety tool, which the S.D. Department of Criminal
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June04

Public comment sought on proposed graduation requirements

High school graduation requirements in South Dakota may be revamped and the state is seeking input on what the public would like to see included.   The South Dakota Department of Education encourages the public to engage in a conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements by submitting their comments on
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June01

Register for the premier learning event for board members and administrators

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as more than one hundred exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
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May30

Rep. Jim Schaefer: committed advocate to South Dakota

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Jim Schaefer.   “The news of Rep. Schaefer’s untimely passing is saddening,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “We ask everyone to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers.”   Rep. Schaefer served eight years in
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May30

NSBA statement on active shooter video game

NSBA recently released the following statement in response to the “Active Shooter” video game:   A video game that simulates a school shooting is alarming and disgraceful. Violence has no place in our schools.   Violent games that portray violence against students is unconscionable and undermines the efforts of public school leaders, parents, students, and
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May28

Help ASBSD connect with your new board members

With many school board elections taking place this month, a host of new board members will be set to join school boards across the state.   ASBSD would like to begin communicating with them and acclimating them to our many services, but we need the help of superintendents, business managers and current board members.   “ASBSD wants
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May27

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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