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October08

Share your thoughts with ASBSD at our region meetings

Share your thoughts on the issues surrounding public education and ASBSD at a 2017 Fall Region Meeting.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit 12 locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2018 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative platform (download drafts of our Resolutions and Standing Positions), as well
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October07

Join the best minds in school law at our seminars

Join the best minds in school law at three locations across South Dakota this fall to get your legal questions answered.   ASBSD and COSA will host School Law Seminars featuring a 90-minute session on Tuesday night discussing student related issues and a full-day Wednesday session covering criminal background checks, the conflict of interest law, opt-outs,
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October04

Suicide prevention training provided by ASBSD and SafeSchools

October’s edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available to review.   Give the latest edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter shares information on a new safety app, an upcoming safety webinar that will help you develop and expand your district’s safety message and figures on suicide rates among
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September24

Appoint your district’s delegate for the 2017 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2018 legislative session.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for
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September21

ASBSD Board starts new year at August meeting

The ASBSD Board ushered in a new year at their August meeting, which was held just before the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Todd Thoelke, Sioux Falls School Board Member, took the reigns as president with the passing of the gavel from Anita Peterson, Haakon School Board Member. Read about it here.     Along with the
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September05

Three members of the ASBSD Board of Directors were reelected to their positions

Three members of the ASBSD Board of Directors were reelected to their positions and began their four year terms last month.   Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell was reelected to represent the Association’s Southeast Region member districts in the 700-1,399 enrollment category. A member of his local board since 2010, Farrell has been
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September04

Putnam and SDPB honored by ASBSD

Mitchell School Board Vice President Neil Putnam earned the 2017 ASBSD Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor and South Dakota Public Broadcasting received the ASBSD School Bell Award.   Each accepted their awards at the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The Outstanding School Board Member honor is presented to a South Dakota school board
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September03

ALL points added up at end of first year

School boards spent many hours striving to enhance their knowledge base of board work in 2016-17.   In the first year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, nearly one-third (48) of the total number of public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL award.   “South Dakota’s public
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September02

ALL’s first update of 2017-18

Boards are back to putting forth all their effort to enhance their knowledge base.   ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead – thrived in its first year and after two months of activity in 2017-18, board are back to putting up points.   Read the roundup of ALL’s 2016-17 here.   School boards earn
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August08

Policy Alert: Criminal Background Checks

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 updated our sample Criminal Background Check policy and exhibit and
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