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March20

Collective Bargaining Seminars set to explain latest on negotiations

ASBSD will host one more Collective Bargaining Seminar in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff in 2017.   The remaining 2017 Collective Bargaining Seminar will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on: Tuesday, March 28 in Rapid City at the Ramkota
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March10

SFAB seeking input from schools

A group charged to review school district compliance with the requirements of the state’s school funding formula is seeking input from school officials on their proposed rules.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 to review and possibly approve proposed rules for the board.
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March07

Construction option elimination bill headed to Gov

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will have final review of the elimination of a cost-saving construction option for school districts and other public entities.   House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects, passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote. The bill reached the floor after the rare recommendation by the Senate Judiciary
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March01

SafeSchools Newsletter’s March edition

The latest edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give March’s School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   2017’s third edition of the newsletter provides information on the update to SafeSchools’ website, the youth suicide awareness and prevention course, budget tips for safety costs and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring all member
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February07

Bill eliminating cost saving construction option passed

A bill eliminating the cost saving option of utilizing a construction manager as the architect or engineer in a construction project passed one half of the legislature.   On a 44-23 vote, House members passed House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects.   HB 1112 would
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February06

Two bills reach Gov’s desk

Two House bills being tracked by ASBSD have reached Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for review and signature.   Senators passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers, on a 34-0 vote on Monday (2/6).   HB 1021 would implement a provision for the South Dakota Department
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January28

Treatment center education services funding bill passes House

The plan to adjust the funding method for education and other services for students placed in behavioral treatment centers crossed the hall in the Capitol this week.   House members passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers, on a 64-3 vote on Wednesday
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January17

Gov. shares sales tax news in State of the State

As he has since 2011, Gov. Dennis Daugaard opened the latest legislative session with his State of the State address on Tuesday (Jan. 10).   Gov. Daugaard touched on a number of topics during the address, but maybe none as noteworthy – and surprising – as his announcement that South Dakota and Internet giant Amazon
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January16

Pledge program presents districts better interest rates on bonds

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors received an overview of an expanded state program that increases the rating of capital outlay bonds or certificates issued to schools and provide them with better interest rates.   S.D. Health and Educational Facilities Authority Director Don Templeton shared information on the program, which was updated by the
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December12

ASBSD’s legislative direction set at Delegate Assembly

Winter weather put the initial ASBSD Delegate Assembly date on hold and brought its blusteriness to the day again, but didn’t stop 70 delegates from setting the Association’s legislative direction for the 2017 session.   “ASBSD and school board members unite to form is a powerful grassroots advocacy network that helps lead public education forward
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