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April11

Revenue figures could have direct effect on state aid increase

The Coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on the state’s economy that has yet to be seen.   School districts received the two percent increase required by law, which is three percent or inflation, whichever is less and inflation for Fiscal Year 2021 is at 2 percent. That increase is in flux as a special session looms
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April09

Special education set to receive increase in funding

Special education is set to receive an increase in aid for the 2020-21 school year.   House 1042, which sets the Special Education levy and disability level funding for FY 2021, passed the House on a 60-7 vote and the Senate on a 32-2 vote.   HB 1042 sets the maximum special education fund levy
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April01

Urging everyone to complete 2020 Census questionnaire

ASBSD is urging school leaders to both complete their 2020 Census information and recommend those within their district and communities do the same.   The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete and your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads and other
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March28

Cap Outlay compromise bill passed, signed into law

In its final vote, a compromise bill on capital outlay provisions proved to have overwhelming support.   House members passed Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, on a 65-3 vote. Among the four votes it took between two committees and two chambers, the bill only had four “No” votes.
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March27

New provision for C/O fund purchases put in statute

It wasn’t unanimous, but a new provision for purchases with capital outlay reached the Governor’s desk.   House members voted 50-18 to pass Senate Bill 174, which permits capital outlay funding to be used to purchase or renew instructional software. Votes on the bill had previously been all “Yes.”   “Today’s modern classroom is so
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March27

Amended C/O certificate referendum bill bounced by Sen. comm.

Committee member downed an amended bill that would have set precedent in the bond elections of school districts.   On a 6-0 vote, Senate Education committee members defeated House Bill 1263, which requires school district bond elections to have 30 percent voter turnout to be valid.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “This is a
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March26

House, Gov. back bid limit increase bill

School boards will likely be working with an increased bid limit at the start of Fiscal Year 2021.   House members passed Senate Bill 135, which increases the bid limit for certain public improvements to $100,000, on a 58-8 vote after the House Local Government committee had passed the bill on a 12-0 vote.  
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March26

Change to MBC sees success in Sen., signed by Gov.

A change to the minor boundary change process proceeded through the Senate.   On unanimous votes, Senators and the Senate Education committee passed House Bill 1255, which removes the requirement for a mandatory appraisal in minor boundary changes.   “Two school boards can make the (minor boundary change) decision by resolution, take a vote and
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March25

S.D. JAG program expansion entered into statute

A bill expanding the Jobs for America’s Graduates in the state reached the governor’s desk.   Following a unanimous vote by House Education committee members, Senate Bill 39, which creates Jobs for SD’s Graduates program and special donation fund, passed the House on a 60-7 vote and was signed by Gov. Kristi Noem. ASBSD was
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March11

CANCELLED: ASBSD Negotiations Workshops

Due to concerns about the recent Coronavirus as well as most events statewide being cancelled, ASBSD has decided to CANCEL the three Negotiations Workshops in Sioux Falls (3/18), Pierre (3/25) and Rapid City (3/26). We are discussing potential ways to provide this content to members in other settings and should something emerge, we will provide
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