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May06

Policy Alert: Annual Budget and finance policies

Policies of a school district 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 Services   ASBSD Policy Services recently overhauled our annual budget
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May05

Policy Alert: Alt. instruction, parent notification and agenda prep

Policies of a school district 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 Services   Three ASBSD sample policies were amended recently.  
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April26

Nineteen districts streamlining policy process

Nineteen South Dakota school districts have streamlined 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, Deuel, Dupree, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Haakon, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Lemmon, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield, Sisseton and Tripp-Delmont., are streamlining their policy books.   “The school board
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April22

Policy Alert: Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Policies of a school district 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 Services   The ASBSD Policy Services staff and policy committee
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April10

ASBSD partners with SLRMA to bring risk management tools to members

As a leader in school risk, ASBSD partnered with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) to provide our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection.   SLRMA is a not-for-profit organization that collects, analyzes and disseminates federal school board legal liability risk
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March07

Public comment bill bound for Gov.

A bill superseding school board policy on public comment at meetings is headed to the governor’s office.   House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, passed the Senate on a 24-9 vote.   During debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Brock Greenfield said the bill wasn’t “too onerous” and
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March07

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step
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March06

Audit report bill on to Gov.

The audit report bill is headed for the governor’s desk for signature.   By a unanimous vote, House members passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review.   The main portions of the bill affecting school boards require the department or firm performing the audit furnish a copy of the audit
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March05

Public comment bill passed comm. on to floor

A bill potentially conflicting school board policy on public comment during meetings reached the Senate floor.   Senate Local Government committee members passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 4-2 vote in a hearing that stretched over two meetings.   HB 1172 requires school boards – and
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March04

Audit report bill reaches House floor

Just one legislative hurdle remains before a bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members reaches the governor.   House Appropriators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on an 8-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “We agree wholeheartedly with the pieces you see
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