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February11

FY20 revenue remains ahead, FY21 projections coming Thursday

A major day in deciding what school funding will look like for the next school year is coming up.   The Joint Appropriations committee will hear revenue projections on Wednesday, February 12 and adopt revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year the following day. Those figures will assuredly play a role in whether or not
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February10

Sentinel funding, kindergarten eligibility and OE prohibition bills pass

Three very different education related issues reached the House floor on Monday (2/10).   House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training, passed the House Education committee on 10-5 vote. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   HB 1152 would provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D. Department of Education –
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February10

Gust of support sends wind energy exclusion bill to Senate floor

A bill excluding one other revenue source from the current step-down equalization process proceeded in the legislature.   On a 5-2 vote, Senate Taxation members passed Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula.   Currently, six other revenue sources that can be collected by school districts –
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February09

Bid limit increase bill bound for House

A bid limit increase bill cleared its initial hurdles in the legislative process.   Senate Local Government committee members passed Senate Bill 135, which increases the bid limit for certain public improvements to $100,000, on a 4-3 vote and the full Senate passed the bill on a 22-13 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which
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February03

Decision delayed on new school system bill

Groups on either side of a bill setting up a separate school system that receives state dollars have two weeks to reach an agreement to present to education committee members.   Senate Education committeemen unanimously agreed to bring Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, back on Thursday, February 14 in
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February01

Capital Outlay FAQ available

The conversation on capital outlay is just beginning this legislative session.   Last Monday, the first bill related to adjusting the caps on capital outlay, Senate Bill 67, fell in Senate Taxation on a 6-1 vote, but later in the week two additional bills were introduced in House Bill 1198, which repeals certain Capital Outlay
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February01

One more FREE LAN Update webinars remain

ASBSD plans to hold a final free ASBSD LAN Update webinars beginning at 7 p.m. (Central) for LAN members to discuss their role as a LAN member, advocating strategies and provide updates from the 2020 legislative session. The webinars are scheduled for:   Only business managers can register multiple people from their district for an
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January30

First capital outlay bill falls, but conversation started on issue

The conversation surrounding solutions for capital outlay got started on Monday (1/27).   Senate Taxation members may have defeated Senate Bill 67, which amends the Capital Outlay levy for sparse school districts, on a 6-1 vote, but they heard from individuals representing schools that a solution was needed and another bill forthcoming. ASBSD was monitoring
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January21

Meet the 2020 House Education committee

Every member of the House Education committee will return to their post.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2020 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her second year.   Let’s get to know the
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January20

Meet the 2020 Senate Education committee

There’s a single change to the Senate Education committee for the 2020 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Sen. Alan Solano resigned from the legislature last fall.   Let’s meet the committee members:  
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