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March09

A guide for school board candidates

Is your district in need of a method for preparing potential school board candidates for or updating current school board members on 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 candidates and current members.   “The updated guide
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March01

2017 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please
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February22

Bill limiting school board advocacy resources passes comm.

School board members representing South Dakota’s public districts could see limitations to their advocacy efforts that other elected officials throughout the state do not have placed on them.   Senate Education committee members voted 4-2 to pass an amended version of Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate
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February10

ASBSD Legislative Day scheduled for February 21

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2017 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 21.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and celebration of the service of our school board members as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.     School board members
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February07

ASBSD Board seats up for election in 2017

The 2017 election cycle for the ASBSD Board of Directors is about to begin and seats in the following regions and enrollment categories will be up for election: Central region with enrollment 1,400-9,999 Southeast region with enrollment 700-1,399 Southeast region with enrollment 265 & Under Western region with enrollment 265 & Under All school board members
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February07

Four-day board referral option falls

A bill that would have allowed school boards the opportunity to refer a four-day school week to district voters was defeated in committee.   Senate Education committee members voted 4-2 to defeat Senate Bill 112, which would have allowed school boards to refer the decision to change the number of school days in the week
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February06

Two bills reach Gov’s desk

Two House bills being tracked by ASBSD have reached Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for review and signature.   Senators passed House Bill 1021, which revises certain provisions regarding the education provided for children in certain residential treatment centers, on a 34-0 vote on Monday (2/6).   HB 1021 would implement a provision for the South Dakota Department
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January28

House passes rep area election change notification bill

A bill adjusting the notification procedures of boundary changes to local representation areas passed its legislative chamber of origin.   Members of the House and Local Government committee unanimously passed HB 1036, which requires a local election official to notify their county auditor of any external boundary changes prior to local election.   HB 1036
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January06

Meet the 2017 House Education committee

There will be plenty of fresh faces in room 413 of the Capitol Building when the House Education committee convenes for its meeting of the 2017 legislative session.   Only five of the 15 committee members served on House Ed. last year, with six of the 10 new committee members being freshmen legislators, as well.
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January06

Meet the 2017 Senate Education committee

Despite replacing five of members from last year’s Senate Education committee, the legislators prepped to review bills that will affect South Dakota schools are no strangers to education.   Sen. Jim Bolin will take the lead as Chair of the seven member committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m.
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