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October15

Download the 2018-19 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they
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October14

Discuss the latest in K-12 education at a 2018 Region Meeting

Discuss the latest in K-12 education with fellow board members and administrators at an ASBSD Region Meeting this Fall.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2019 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions, as well as detail the latest services
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October13

Opportunity to submit a resolution for the 2018 Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   Download the resolutions and standing positions here.   As member districts, you have the opportunity to vote on the resolutions and standing positions each year at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 16.   Before Delegate Assembly, your district also has the opportunity to
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September04

Policy Alert: Federally Required Annual Notices and 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. 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
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September03

Teacher pay review board adopts final report

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay approved their report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday (8/29).   On a 7-0 vote, Teacher Compensation Review Board members approved the report that will be submitted prior to the September 30 deadline with the following conclusions: The data demonstrates that South Dakota has
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September03

September proclaimed attendance awareness month

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.   The S.D. Department of Education has been working to raise awareness about the importance of regular attendance through outreach to schools and other stakeholders.   “Time out of school is learning lost,” Interim Secretary of Education Mary Stadick Smith said in a statement. “All it takes
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September02

ASBSD Board starts new year with new members, new leadership

The ASBSD Board started a new year’s work with a revamped group.   Seven new members began their terms on the ASBSD Board of Directors at the August meeting, held prior to the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.     Douglas School Board Vice President Tanya Gray (Western Region, 1,400-9,999), De Smet School Board President Shane Roth
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September01

Thoelke passes gavel to Farrell

The gavel got passed at the most recent ASBSD Board of Directors meeting.   Sioux Falls School Board Member Todd Thoelke completed his year-long term as ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell.   “I hope I’ve made an impact,” Thoelke said of his service as Board President.
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August29

More than 50 school boards earn ALL Award in ’17-18

More than 1/3 of the public school boards in South Dakota earned statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   In the second year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 56 boards in South Dakota earned an ALL
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August29

ASBSD honors board members, community members and former Secretary of Ed.

ASBSD honored school board members, individuals from communities and a former Secretary of Education at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier earned the 2018 Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor, which is presented to a South Dakota school board member that embodies
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