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February12

2019 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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February11

Join ASBSD & COSA online for an upcoming School Law Webinar

The best minds in school law in South Dakota are bringing their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators attending can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   Join COSA and ASBSD one afternoon a month
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February06

2019 ASBSD guide for current and potential school board members

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 latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a
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February06

Access to opioid antagonists for schools approved by Senate

A bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists crossed the Capitol hall.   On a 33-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would be directed in state law and administrative
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February04

Homeland Security grants available

Security grants for school districts are available.   The S.D. Department of Education is accepting applications for Homeland Security grant funding until Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. (CST).     Funding will be awarded for one-time projects that have a connection to a Homeland Security mission and school related projects could include, access control
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February04

Exec. session bill bound for Gov’s desk

Safety plan discussion in executive session is a step away from law after Tuesday’s legislative action.   Senators passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session, on a 32-0 vote. The unanimous vote marked the fourth time the bill didn’t receive one “nay.”  
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February02

Senate comm. sends safety plan discussion through

One step remains in the legislative process for a bill aiming to expand the executive session topics list to include school safety plans.   On an 8-0 vote, Senate State Affairs committee members passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session.  
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February01

Bill permitting schools access to opioid antagonists through comm.

School districts being able to acquire opioid antagonists got a step closer.   Senate Health and Human Services committee members passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 7-0 vote.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it would
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February01

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public
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January26

Gov. Noem proposes 2.5 percent increase in state aid

Gov. Kristi Noem came up with proposed funding for state aid above what’s required by law in the first budget address of her tenure.   Gov. Noem’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 included an increase to state aid of 2.5 percent, which is 0.2 percent higher than what’s required in state statute, as inflation came
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