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June01

Required suicide prevention training available

SafeSchools Training provides a state approved Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, which becomes a certificate requirement effective on July 1, 2017.   The Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training requirement comes from the passage of 2016’s Senate Bill 129, which establishes certain suicide awareness and prevention training requirements for certain school employees.   South
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May31

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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May29

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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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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May05

USDA announces flexibilities in school nutrition

Changes to school meal programs are in the works at the federal level.   Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs.   “This announcement is the result of years of feedback from students, schools, and food service
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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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March31

Appropriators review role in waiver process

Legislative appropriators recently discussed their role in the accountability waiver process.   “We’re walking in some new ground here,” Sen. Larry Tidemann, Chair of the Appropriations committee, said during the committee’s first interim meeting of 2017.   The Appropriators reviewed the School Finance Accountability Board’s adopted accountability rules and how the committee fits in the
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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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March10

Legislators approve increase in funding for schools

South Dakota public schools will NOT take a cut in funding and will receive a 0.3 percent increase in state aid for the 2017-18 school year.   Senate and House members overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 35, which provides 0.3 percent increase in funding for the general and special education funds, raises levies to coincide with the
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