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September07

Policy Alert: Sexual Harassment (Title IX)

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 Policy Services has made available
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July12

School Law events to be held online in 2020-21

For 2020-21, the Council of School Attorney’s Board of Directors voted to hold all events online.   Beginning this fall, a schedule of school law webinars, which will be a substitute for all in-person events, will commence and cover a variety of topics related to school law.   “The COSA board made the prudent decision
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July08

Reopening schools sharing sessions information

Recently, ASBSD and SASD hosted three reopening school sharing sessions across the state for administrators to join together and share with each other how they were preparing for the 2020-21 school year in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.   “We had a great group of meetings with administrators from all locations, environments and enrollment
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July08

2020 ASBSD-SASD Virtual Convention sessions, schedule set

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held virtually on Thursday, August 6 and will begin at 9 a.m. with a keynote speech from Devin Hughes of The Orange Frog group followed by 15 live breakout sessions covering a variety of topics and a panel discussion on the upcoming school year with state officials, with EACH
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July07

Utilize these guides in reopening schools plans

As school districts approach an unprecedented to start to a school year there are many different resources available to assist in the planning and preparation.   Below you will find links to a variety of guides from ASBSD, the South Dakota Department of Education, as well as the Department of Health: ASBSD Reopening of Schools
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July06

Funding info for the upcoming school year

As Fiscal Year 2021 begins the wave of school funding comes to districts.   The first half of state aid and special education funding will be made and to find out the amounts your district is set to receive click each link below: Click here to see District-by-District State Aid Funding (first half) Click here
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July05

Policy Alert: Fiduciary, Fiscal and Funds

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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July04

Kaufman announces retirement

A career filled with invaluable experience and institutional knowledge in school law is concluding as ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman will retire in September.   “My goal, when making the decision to go to law school after serving as a public school counselor for 8 years, was to work in the
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July02

State law requires districts post information in minutes

Whether or not they held a school board election, all school districts have a statutory requirement to post specific election information within their board minutes this year.   In 2018, SDCL 13-7-30 became law requiring schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.   Even if your district is not holding an election in
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July01

School districts asked to complete fed reserve regional survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis continues efforts to gauge the extent of the disease’s disruption on the economy—including on school districts, as well as city and county governments—of the Ninth District, a region that includes South Dakota, and Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.  
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