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March07

Construction option elimination bill headed to Gov

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will have final review of the elimination of a cost-saving construction option for school districts and other public entities.   House Bill 1112, which revises certain provisions related to construction managers on certain public improvement projects, passed the Senate on a 21-13 vote. The bill reached the floor after the rare recommendation by the Senate Judiciary
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March06

One bus bill passed and one stopped in legislature

One school bus bill passed and one came to a stop in the legislature recently.   House Bill 1110, which revises certain provisions regarding school bus stop violations, flew through the Senate Transportation and Senate floor without a “nay” vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which lowers the speed limit allowed when passing a school bus with
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March02

Crossover Day crosses out three ed. related bills

Crossover Day saw the end for two education related bills in the Senate and one in the House, last week.   Senate Bill 134, which would prohibit the use of public school resources to advocate for an outcome in any partisan election or legislative vote, was overwhelming opposed by Senators on a 27-8 vote.  
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March01

SafeSchools Newsletter’s March edition

The latest edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give March’s School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   2017’s third edition of the newsletter provides information on the update to SafeSchools’ website, the youth suicide awareness and prevention course, budget tips for safety costs and much more.     ASBSD and SafeSchools have partnered to bring all member
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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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February19

SafeSchools providing required suicide prevention training

The South Dakota Department of Education recently approved SafeSchools Training as a provider of Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention training.   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 Dakota’s training
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February17

Bill prohibiting recording in class without permission passed

Permission would be required to record – visually or audibly – in South Dakota classrooms should a hoghoused bill continue rolling through the legislature.   House Bill 1196, which prohibits the unauthorized use of electronic listening or recording devices in classrooms, passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote, after being hoghoused to its
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February14

Pair of school bus bills pass House

Two transportation bills related to schools trekked toward the Senate recently.   The House Transportation committee and House floor passed House Bill 1109, which prohibits the use of handheld electronic wireless devices by school bus drivers. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   Rep. Craig Tieszen, HB 1109’s sponsor, said the bill “will prevent school bus
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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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February01

February edition of the SafeSchools newsletter

A new edition of the SafeSchools’ School Safety Newsletter is available.   Give February’s School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   The year’s second edition of the newsletter shares information on SafeSchools’ online bullying and incident reporting system, raises awareness about teen dating violence, provides news on terrorism and response courses and much more.     ASBSD
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