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August15

ASBSD Board meets prior to Convention

The ASBSD Board ushered in a new year at their August meeting, which was held just before the 2016 ASBSD-SASD Convention.     Anita Peterson, Haakon School Board Member, took the reigns as president with the passing of the gavel from Eric Stroeder, Mobridge-Pollock School Board President. Read about it here.   Along with the
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July07

Homeland Security grant funding available

Applications for Homeland Security grant funding is available.   Public schools, along with state and local, public and private nonprofit agencies and non-public schools, are eligible to apply.   The deadline to apply for the grant is Monday, August 1. Funding will be available by January 2017.   Grants will focus on basic security measures,
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June15

p-Card Program participants receive rebate rewards

Participation in the p-Card Program continues to see marked growth.   Sponsored by ASBSD, in partnership with the Illinois Association of Business Officials (IASBO), the p-Card Program has grown to 24 districts and handed out more than $55,000 in rebates to members.   “The more districts participating in the program and more dollars spent with
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June06

Policy Alert: Revised Fiscal Policies

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 has revised a number of ASBSD sample policies in response to
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May09

PT Work Comp fund pays dividends for members

Sixty-eight participating members of the Associated School Boards Protective Trust Workers’ Compensation Fund will soon receive their portion of the fourth and final $500,000 payment of a $2 million total dividend.   The Protective Trust Board of Directors voted in 2012 to distribute the excess capital over a four year period after the fund’s actuaries
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April24

BoardDocs webinar rescheduled for May 4

Representatives from the McLaughlin School District and BoardDocs will host a FREE event to share with you how going paperless has saved their district dollars and time AND how it can do the same for you!   Join McLaughlin Superintendent Scott Lepke, School Board President Juliana White Bull-Taken Alive and Principal Jeremy Hurd, BoardDocs and ASBSD for
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April19

Collective Bargaining Seminar added to School Board U course list

ASBSD recently wrapped up a slate of Collective Bargaining Seminars, which covered how districts must apply the new funding formula, the accountability requirements introduced by the new legislation and negotiating teacher salary and benefits.   For those not able to attend the in-person training, but interested in the information, we have converted it into training
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April13

CTE grant program accepting applications

In 2013, the South Dakota Legislature established the Workforce Education Fund, which designated up to $1.5 million to provide grants for Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary schools.   Workforce Education Grants provide South Dakota school districts the opportunity to make transformative change in CTE programs and increase the opportunities for students to access high
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March29

Program promotes C/O bond rating increases, better interest rates for schools

During the 2015 legislative session, the South Dakota Legislature adopted Senate Bill 191 authorizing an expanded State Aid Pledge Program through the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority.   Lt. Gov. Matt Michels said the program is “beneficial to our schools” because it would designate the South Dakota Health and Educational Facilities Authority Intercept Program as
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December17

Flett earns ASBOI school business official certification

ASBSD Chief Financial Officer Matt Flett recently earned the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International).     The SFO Certification is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating eligibility through work experience and education, passing a comprehensive two-part
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