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July15

Less than a month until the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

We’re less than one month away from the premier learning event for school board members and administrators and the early registration deadline is fast approaching.   Leaders in Education need opportunities to network, share ideas and find out the latest trends. The ASBSD and SASD Annual Convention is the best place in South Dakota to
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July13

Special Education committee holds first meeting

For more than six hours a group of legislators, those in education and community members heard five presentations about special education topics in their first meeting studying the broader subject.   The 14-member legislative interim study committee, which was created through this year’s passage of Senate Bill 3, is charged to review: To examine the diagnostic tools
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July10

2019 ASBSD guide for school board members

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 latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a
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July09

Amended financial interest statement filing requirement

During the 2019 legislative session, legislators passed Senate Bill 90, which revised financial interest statement submission requirements for elected officials, and Gov. Kristie Noem signed the bill, which will bill be enacted on July 1.   The new law (3-1A-4) amends the financial interest statute affecting school board members of a school district with a
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June11

2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule set

The schedule is set for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators!   The 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and feature nearly 40 informative breakout sessions covering school finance, school board governance, student achievement, important legal topics in K-12 education and
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June06

New deal, great keynotes at 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.   More than 500 school board members and administrators will attend Convention, which will be headlined by keynote speeches from legendary Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coach Tom Osborne and the
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May17

Legislative Interim committee studying Special Education appointed

The group charged to take on the in-depth legislative study of special education in South Dakota has been appointed.   Fourteen members – five legislators and nine other individuals – will serve on the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee, which was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s legislative session.  
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April02

Schools receive 2.5 percent increase as Gov. signs budget, levy bills

With the governor’s signature on the final few bills left in legislative session, South Dakota schools are officially set to receive a 2.5 percent increase in state aid for the 2019-20 school year.   On Wednesday (3/27), Gov. Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 191, which appropriates funds for the FY2020 general fund budget, and Senate
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April01

Legislature leaves session divided on Partridge Amendment plan

The two legislative chambers left the 2019 session still divided on how to adjust the state sales tax rate.   House and Senate members agreed to wait until next year to deal with the Partridge Amendment after a legislative conference committee could not come to an agreement on House Bill 1265, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits
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March31

Accountability board meets to review waiver processes

The group charged with reviewing and acting upon accountability waivers met for the first time in 2019.   School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) members convened on Monday (3/25) to review timelines for accountability waiver and update the teacher compensation accountability request for waiver form.   Established in 2016 as part of the funding formula overall,
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