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June30

2020 ASBSD-SASD Virtual Convention sessions, schedule set

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held virtually on Thursday, August 6 and will begin at 9 a.m. with a keynote speech from Devin Hughes of The Orange Frog group followed by 15 live breakout sessions covering a variety of topics and a panel discussion on the upcoming school year with state officials, with EACH
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June07

No special session scheduled, two percent to be provided

There will be no special legislative session this month, which means schools will receive the two percent funding increase prescribed by state law on July 1.   “We will not be having a special (legislative) session in June,” Gov. Kristi Noem said at her press conference on Thursday (6/4), adding that her administration would “continue
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June07

2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention to be held virtually

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held virtually this year.   On Thursday, August 6, ASBSD and SASD, in conjunction with TIE, will host a virtual Convention for board members and administrators.   “Moving the ASBSD-SASD Convention to the virtual platform from our regular face-to-face event was a difficult decision,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany
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June06

Revenue collections were mildly ahead in May, still down overall for year

Revenue collections were mildly ahead of projections for the month of May.   Overall for the month, collections were $1 million ahead of the projections adopted by the legislature in February and the gain brought the year-to-date figure to a $4.37 million deficit.   “Overall what they (revenue figures) will show you is that we’re
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June06

Earn ALL points, CEUs by registering for ASBSD/COSA School Law Webinars

Get the best school law information from ASBSD and COSA legal experts by registering for one or more of our School Law Webinars.   The seven recorded webinars offer board members participating a chance to earn 20 ALL points for their board and administrators can earn 1 hour of continuing education units. The cost of
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June05

Policy Alert: Education & Compensation

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Review Committee recently
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June01

Group to develop reopening guidance for SY 2020

Three representatives of ASBSD are part of a group of those associated with education developing guidance about reopening schools in the 2020-21 school year.   ASBSD President Denise Lutkemeier, Past President Tom Farrell and Executive Director Wade Pogany joined the group convened by the South Dakota Department of Education to put together a guidance document
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May11

Revenue collection shows effect of virus

South Dakota revenue collection has begun to show the impact of the Coronavirus.   April’s revenue collection came in $18 million less than what was adopted by the legislature earlier this year.   The S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management noted in it’s COVID-19’s Delayed Impact on South Dakota document that “a larger impact” was
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May08

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training available

School districts can be virtually trained in youth mental health first aid free of charge.   Through Project AWARE, the South Dakota Department of Education is offering a train-the-trainer course in youth mental health first aid at no cost to school districts.   Training topics include: How to identify, understand and respond to signs of
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May07

Honor those who go above and beyond for your schools

It’s time to honor those who give their time and effort to enhance education in their district.   We’re encouraging your district to submit candidates for ASBSD’s School Board Award of Excellence, Outstanding School Board Member of the Year, Community Service Award and Longevity Award.   “This is your chance to honor the school boards and
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