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August08

Policy Alert: Criminal Background Checks

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 updated our sample Criminal Background Check policy and exhibit and
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August07

Fourteen schools streamlining board policy process

Fourteen South Dakota school districts have simplified their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, De Smet, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield and Tripp-Delmont, are streamlining their policy books.   “The ASBSD Policy Service process allowed our
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July19

Learn more about your roles and responsibilities on the board

New and veteran school board members looking to learn more about the roles and responsibilities associated with their service should join ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer at one of ASBSD’s upcoming Board Member Roles and Responsibilities Workshops.   “These events will be beneficial for newly elected, as well as experienced board members,” Royer
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July19

Prepare for your role as President at our workshop

Veteran and new school board presidents/chairs alike should join ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer at one of ASBSD’s upcoming School Board President Workshops, which will assist them in understanding their role and responsibility in planning and facilitating regular and special school board meetings.   From assembling an agenda to adjourning the meeting and
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July16

Submitting Board Minutes related to the COI Law

In May, ASBSD shared an updated Conflict of Interest Q and A designed to help school board members and administrators navigate House Bill 1170, which amended and clarified the complex conflict of interest law.   Click here to read the Conflict of Interest Q and A and click here to read our corresponding blog post.
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July06

Register for the Premier Learning Event for Board Members and Administrators

South Dakota’s premier learning event for school board members and administrators is now open for registration.   Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2017 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions, as well as many different exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday
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July05

ASBSD’s guide for school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The updated guide outlines steps for interested individuals in becoming
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July03

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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May30

State’s ESSA plan presented, public comment wanted

The state has a plan in place to meet the requirements of the federal education policy.   At the State Board of Education meeting in May (5/15) 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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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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