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September04

Policy Alert: Federally Required Annual Notices and Policies

Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, 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
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September03

The best minds in school law hosting two Seminars this fall

Join the best minds in school law this fall to learn about the latest in legal topics schools face and have your questions answered.   ASBSD and COSA will host a School Law Seminar featuring a Tuesday night session discussing school district/superintendent employment contracts and a Wednesday session covering the new data breach reporting law,
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September03

Teacher pay review board adopts final report

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay approved their report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday (8/29).   On a 7-0 vote, Teacher Compensation Review Board members approved the report that will be submitted prior to the September 30 deadline with the following conclusions: The data demonstrates that South Dakota has
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September03

September proclaimed attendance awareness month

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.   The S.D. Department of Education has been working to raise awareness about the importance of regular attendance through outreach to schools and other stakeholders.   “Time out of school is learning lost,” Interim Secretary of Education Mary Stadick Smith said in a statement. “All it takes
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September02

ASBSD Board starts new year with new members, new leadership

The ASBSD Board started a new year’s work with a revamped group.   Seven new members began their terms on the ASBSD Board of Directors at the August meeting, held prior to the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.     Douglas School Board Vice President Tanya Gray (Western Region, 1,400-9,999), De Smet School Board President Shane Roth
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September01

Thoelke passes gavel to Farrell

The gavel got passed at the most recent ASBSD Board of Directors meeting.   Sioux Falls School Board Member Todd Thoelke completed his year-long term as ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell.   “I hope I’ve made an impact,” Thoelke said of his service as Board President.
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August30

Stroeder elected 2nd VP of ASBSD Board

Mobridge-Pollock School Board President Eric Stroeder was elected the Second Vice President of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota by the Board of Directors at last month’s board meeting.   The ASBSD 2nd Vice President is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee, which is also comprised of a President, 1st Vice President and Past President and
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August29

More than 50 school boards earn ALL Award in ’17-18

More than 1/3 of the public school boards in South Dakota earned statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   In the second year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 56 boards in South Dakota earned an ALL
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August29

ASBSD honors board members, community members and former Secretary of Ed.

ASBSD honored school board members, individuals from communities and a former Secretary of Education at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier earned the 2018 Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor, which is presented to a South Dakota school board member that embodies
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August01

Submit your district’s info for the 2018-19 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver
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