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April17

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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April16

Does your district qualify for QZAB?

Eligible South Dakota public school districts can apply for bond authorizations used for rehabilitating public school facilities and to provide equipment, instructional materials and professional development for teachers.   The South Dakota Department of Education has indicated the state has approximately $1.8 million available in Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs). Schools may apply for bond
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April02

Apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes grant

Associated School Board’s Protective Trust invites school districts to apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes grant.   Voya Financial partners with ASBPT to provide our members life insurance and has provided nearly $5 million in awarded grants in the past two decades.     Review and complete the online application here.   Grants are given to K-12
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March23

SFAB adopts rules, hears teacher pay accountability report

School Finance Accountability Board members met for the first time in 2017 and adopted a slightly amended version of the board’s rules.   SFAB’s rules outline the different facets of the board’s work including the waiver request process, which requires waiver requests be submitted to the board before the first Friday in November, the documentation school
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March12

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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February20

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:   It will cover how districts must apply the funding
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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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