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August19

Updates made to ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved changes to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly will be
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July29

Still time to register for the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

There’s still time to register for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators.   “Don’t miss this opportunity to become more informed and equipped to be a leader in your community,” Woonsocket School Board Member Lisa Snedeker said. “The ASBSD and SASD Annual Convention is the best place in South Dakota to
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July27

Policy Alert: Delinquent Student Fees, Fines and Charges

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 Services
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July26

Policy Alert: Elections, Background Checks and other sample policies amended

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 Services
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July25

Appropriators hear FY19 and 20 revenue reports

South Dakota finished Fiscal Year 2019 with a $19 million budget surplus, but some aspects of revenue collection underwhelmed, which could become a trend in Fiscal Year 2020.   Much of the $19 million surplus was a result of budget reversions from state departments with more than $17 million in reversions. Revenue collection came in
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July22

ASBSD seeking candidates for Leadership Development Director

ASBSD is seeking a highly qualified individual to lead the Association’s efforts in providing quality school board training and promote member services.   Our Leadership Development Director must be able to: Engage effectively with school board members and have the credibility and experience to train boards in effective boardsmanship; Understand the services ASBSD provides and
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July20

Aberdeen saves 40 Hours a year in meeting time with SafeSchools

The Aberdeen School District adopted the SafeSchools Online Training System in 2014 and has found one of the many benefits of the system is the staff meeting time that’s been trimmed each year.   Assistant Superintendent Camille Kaul estimates that SafeSchools Training has saved Aberdeen 40 hours a year in meeting time!   “SafeSchools Training
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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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