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July08

Reopening schools sharing sessions information

Recently, ASBSD and SASD hosted three reopening school sharing sessions across the state for administrators to join together and share with each other how they were preparing for the 2020-21 school year in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.   “We had a great group of meetings with administrators from all locations, environments and enrollment
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July07

Utilize these guides in reopening schools plans

As school districts approach an unprecedented to start to a school year there are many different resources available to assist in the planning and preparation.   Below you will find links to a variety of guides from ASBSD, the South Dakota Department of Education, as well as the Department of Health: ASBSD Reopening of Schools
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July06

Funding info for the upcoming school year

As Fiscal Year 2021 begins the wave of school funding comes to districts.   The first half of state aid and special education funding will be made and to find out the amounts your district is set to receive click each link below: Click here to see District-by-District State Aid Funding (first half) Click here
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July05

Policy Alert: Fiduciary, Fiscal and Funds

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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July04

Kaufman announces retirement

A career filled with invaluable experience and institutional knowledge in school law is concluding as ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman will retire in September.   “My goal, when making the decision to go to law school after serving as a public school counselor for 8 years, was to work in the
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July02

State law requires districts post information in minutes

Whether or not they held a school board election, all school districts have a statutory requirement to post specific election information within their board minutes this year.   In 2018, SDCL 13-7-30 became law requiring schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.   Even if your district is not holding an election in
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July01

School districts asked to complete fed reserve regional survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis continues efforts to gauge the extent of the disease’s disruption on the economy—including on school districts, as well as city and county governments—of the Ninth District, a region that includes South Dakota, and Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.  
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June07

No special session scheduled, two percent to be provided

There will be no special legislative session this month, which means schools will receive the two percent funding increase prescribed by state law on July 1.   “We will not be having a special (legislative) session in June,” Gov. Kristi Noem said at her press conference on Thursday (6/4), adding that her administration would “continue
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June06

Revenue collections were mildly ahead in May, still down overall for year

Revenue collections were mildly ahead of projections for the month of May.   Overall for the month, collections were $1 million ahead of the projections adopted by the legislature in February and the gain brought the year-to-date figure to a $4.37 million deficit.   “Overall what they (revenue figures) will show you is that we’re
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June05

Policy Alert: Education & Compensation

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   The ASBSD Policy Review Committee recently
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