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April17

Register for the premier learning event for board members and administrators

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as more than one hundred exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
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April11

Health Fund provides low renewal rates, adds new members

You can count on two fingers or less the percentage increase in premium the 61 school districts and educational cooperatives who are members of the health fund will receive next year.   South Dakota School District Benefits Fund members recently received their health fund premium renewals, which range from zero to two percent, for Fiscal
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April03

Extraordinary cost fund tabbed for interim study

An area of school funding will be studied by the legislature in this year’s interim.   Members of the legislature’s Executive Board voted unanimously to study the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “This fund is getting hit pretty hard,” Rep. Hugh Bartels
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March19

SFAB reviews latest waiver process

The focus of the waiver process turns to general fund cash balance in 2018.   Last year, members of the School Finance Accountability Board acted on teacher compensation waivers and at their first meeting of the year (3/12), the board took a look at the general fund cash balance waiver process.   “I know that
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March17

Teacher Compensation Review Board members appointed

A new board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay has been appointed.   Established in 2016 as part of legislation that overhauled the state’s funding formula, the nine-member Teacher Compensation Review Board will review teacher compensation, including comparable wage indexes in surrounding states.   “The appointees have been made,” Department of Education
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March11

Collective Bargaining Seminars set for March

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff.   The 2018 Collective Bargaining Seminars will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on:   Seminars will cover how districts must apply the funding formula and
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March09

Schools receive ongoing increase, one-time money

Schools will receive an ongoing increase for next school year, as well as one-time money this year, after legislators approved three bills on the final days of the full run of session.   A one percent increase – equaling approximately $12 in new money – in state aid and special education will be sent to
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March07

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step
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March05

Advocate to your legislators for an increase in state aid

With fewer than ten days left in legislative session, focus is turning towards finalizing the state budget and board members need to be advocating to their legislators for an increase in state aid for next year.   A few weeks ago, members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019
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March01

Bill providing appropriators leeway on waivers reaches Senate floor

A bill providing appropriators more decision making ability on waivers is a step closer to law.   On a 6-3 vote, Senate appropriators approved House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers.   Sen. Justin Cronin told committee members the bill came about following the past year’s
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