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December05

No inflationary increase in state aid proposed, enrollment bump and special education rebase included

Shrinking revenue collections are scaling back spending in the state budget resulting in schools not receiving an increase in state aid for next school year.   “Money is tight this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem told legislators during her Fiscal Year 2021 budget address. “I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases.”   Gov. Noem
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November20

Policy Alert: School Board Meetings

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 Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman  
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November19

Delegates vote on legislative positions of ASBSD

Lively discussion at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly helped lay out the legislative direction for the Association for the upcoming legislative session.   More than 70 school board members were in attendance at Delegate Assembly to vote on 36 resolutions and 12 standing positions, as well as set the Advocacy Priorities for ASBSD.   “Your attendance today
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November18

ASBSD Board supports priorities, approves update enrollment categories

ASBSD Board of Directors proposed legislative priorities and set updated enrollment categories for the Association at their latest meeting.   Meeting prior to ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly, the Board of Directors agreed to present the following legislative priorities to the Delegates: C1: School Funding C4: Capital Outlay Adjustments B9: Behavioral and Mental Health Resources Those priorities
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November17

Online sales tax collection on the rise, solutions sought in statute

Online sales tax revenue was on the agenda for legislature’s lead committee this week.   Members of the Legislature’s Executive Board received a report on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales, which in state statute is the reduction of the sales tax by one-tenth of percent for every $20 million raised by Internet sales, also
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November16

Special Education comm. concludes study without recommendations

The legislative committee charged with studying special education completed their study but had not introduced any formal recommendations as of Monday (11/18).   The Special Education Interim Legislative Committee met last week (11/13) for the third and final time of the legislative interim. The committee was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s
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November15

Ag Land Task Force approves proposed legislation

No major proposed property tax legislation emanated out of the legislature’s ag committee.   The Ag Land Assessment Task Force met recently (11/15) and approved two pieces of legislation to be introduced during the 2020 Legislative Session: House Bill Draft 248: To authorize the Secretary of the Department of Revenue to contract with certain entities
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November14

ASBSD providing free resource in due process and students suspension

Looking for assistance when dealing with student suspension?   ASBSD’s partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) provides FREE access to this resource and many other valuable checklists to our members.   SLRMA has provided school leaders the Due Process Requirements for Out-of-School Suspension Self-Audit Checklist and Best Practices. Take a moment to download this checklist here
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November13

What Quorum users are saying about the service

ASBSD’s paperless board meeting option has subscribers sounding off about the service.   Wagner Community School District was the first Quorum subscriber, which launched in August when ASBSD and Sparq Data solutions partnered up, and Business Manager Lory DuFrain called the transition to the program “seamless.”   “The Wagner Community School District administrative team and school board
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October29

South Dakota Receives Federal School Security Grants

South Dakota has received three grants totaling almost $2 million designed to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence at their schools.   Governor Kristi Noem recently announced the S.D. Department of Public Safety (DPS) received three grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence, which is part of
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