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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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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

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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April11

A guide for new board members and candidates

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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March31

Is your district meeting accountability requirements?

Is your district in compliance with the school finance accountability requirements established through the 2016 education funding package?   Download the S.D. Department of Education’s Information on Accountabilities sheet here.   For fiscal year 2017, school districts had two accountability targets to meet related to teacher compensation: Total Compensation Accountability – requiring districts to put
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March29

Read the first BoardDocs newsletter of 2017

BoardDocs provide school boards and districts state-of-the-art services that save money, streamline operations and reduce time spent producing board packets and in 2017 has expanded their subscriber support offerings with a new Best Practices program.   Learn more about BoardDocs’ “Best Practices” webinars in the latest edition of their board management newsletter, which also features information
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March12

SFAB seeking input from schools

A group charged to review school district compliance with the requirements of the state’s school funding formula is seeking input from school officials on their proposed rules.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 to review and possibly approve proposed rules for the board.
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March09

Bill updating COI law on way to Gov.

A bill updating the conflict of interest statute is headed for the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard.   House members unanimously concurred with Senate amendments to House Bill 1170, which amends the conflict of interest disclosure law, sending the bill to the governor for review and signature.   ASBSD supports the bill.   Executive Director
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March09

COI penalty bill passed on to Gov.

An upgrade to criminal charges that can be filed for a conflict of interest crime has climbed to the governor’s desk.   House Judiciary committee members and Representatives passed Senate Bill 27, which prohibits public officials from misusing their position for personal gain, provides a penalty therefor and implements a grievance process for reporting misuse.  
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