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May19

2017 Conflict of Interest Q and A

A bill updating the conflict of interest statute was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during the 2017 legislative session.   To assist school district officials understand the updates made to the law, ASBSD has put together a Q and A document to help you navigate through the law,
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May18

Policy Alert: Updated Conflict of Interest sample policy

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD recently wrote a new sample policy: AH Conflict of Interest Disclosure and
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May16

Sales tax talk at Legislative Exec Board meeting

What’s going on with sales tax revenue was once again a topic of discussion during the legislative interim.   “We’ve got to keep this issue front and center if we’re going to keep funding public education and social services,” Rep. Mark Mickelson said during Monday’s (5/15) Legislative Executive Board meeting.   Legislative Executive Board members
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May15

Register for the Premier Learning Event for Board Members and Administrators

South Dakota’s premier learning event for school board members and administrators is now open for registration.   Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions, as well as many different exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday
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May01

Legislative comm. requests SFAB add appeal process to rules

The South Dakota Legislature’s Rule Review committee reviewed the rules of the School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) and asked them to review their rules again to make some additions.   On a 3-2 vote, Rules Review committee members sent the SFAB rules back to the board with the request to add an appeals process, which
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April28

Revenue collection remains major issue

Since the start of 2017 revenue reports have not been rosy.   That tepid trend continued during the April meeting of the legislature’s Executive Board. S.D. Legislative Research Council Fiscal Analyst Jeff Mehlhaff informed board members the state’s general fund revenue is down $3 million from “where we anticipated being” based on the restructured revenue estimates
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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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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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