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May19

2017 Conflict of Interest Q and A

A bill updating the conflict of interest statute was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during the 2017 legislative session.   To assist school district officials understand the updates made to the law, ASBSD has put together a Q and A document to help you navigate through the law,
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May18

Policy Alert: Updated Conflict of Interest sample policy

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 recently wrote a new sample policy: AH Conflict of Interest Disclosure and
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May17

p-Card program generates $66K in rebates

For the fifth year in a row the p-Card Program grew.   Sponsored by ASBSD, in partnership with the Illinois Association of Business Officials (IASBO), the p-Card Program reached 28 members who received more than $66,000 in rebates.   The p-Card operates similarly to a credit card and with more districts participating in the program and more dollars spent with the
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May16

Sales tax talk at Legislative Exec Board meeting

What’s going on with sales tax revenue was once again a topic of discussion during the legislative interim.   “We’ve got to keep this issue front and center if we’re going to keep funding public education and social services,” Rep. Mark Mickelson said during Monday’s (5/15) Legislative Executive Board meeting.   Legislative Executive Board members
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May15

State’s ESSA plan presented

The state has a plan in place to meet the requirements of the federal education policy.   At Monday’s (5/15) State Board of Education meeting a summary of South Dakota’s plan for educating students under the Every Student Succeeds Act was presented following a year’s worth of discussion with educators and stakeholders in South Dakota,
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May15

Videos: Stand Up 4 Public Schools

For everyone who understands and appreciates the value of public education, the National School Boards Association is providing an excellent platform to demonstrate their support for public education.   NSBA’s The Stand Up 4 Public Schools campaign has been refreshed and the new strategic concept is aimed at telling the full and rich story of
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May14

ALL points adding up as year nears end

Although the school year is near the end and summer set to begin, school boards will continue their work.   As you continue your work, your board still has a chance to earn points towards ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead.   ALL recognizes board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and
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May13

Let’s honor the efforts of those enhancing education

It’s time to honor those who give their time and effort to enhance education in their district.   We’re encouraging your district to submit candidates for ASBSD’s School Board Award of Excellence, Outstanding School Board Member of the Year, Community Service Award and Longevity Award.   “Those individuals and boards who dedicate their time and effort
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May12

Help ASBSD connect with your new board members

With school board elections getting underway this month a host of new board members will be set to join school boards across the state.   ASBSD would like to begin communicating with them and acclimating them to our many services, but we need the help of superintendents, business managers and current board members.   “We
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May06

Missed the SafeSchools webinar? Watch it here!

Representatives from nearly 30 different school districts registered for the informative webinar session to learn how their district can access hundreds of school focused courses offered by SafeSchools.   Even if you weren’t able to join, you can learn more about SafeSchools and their course offerings by watching the brief webinar recording here.   SafeSchools
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