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September08

Rodney Freeman, board members and community members honored

ASBSD honored Veteran School Law Attorney Rodney Freeman school board members and community representatives who went above and beyond for their local school districts.   Freeman, of Huron, received the School Bell Award, which honors individuals or organizations who have served South Dakota public education in an exemplary fashion.   Freeman has played in significant
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September08

DOE hosting Suicide Prevention webinar in September

Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed September to be Suicide Prevention Month.   In conjunction, the South Dakota Department of Education is inviting school administrators, counselors, teachers and board members to attend one of two webinars on Model School Policy: Suicide Prevention.   The webinars will be held Tuesday, September 29 at 10-11 a.m. (Central) and 2-3
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March01

C-O certificate referendum bill reaches Senate

A bill attempting to dictate the election dates for referred capital outlay certificates cleared the House.   An amended version of House Bill 1263, which requires capital outlay certificate referendum votes be held in conjunction with a general election, passed the House State Affairs committee on an 11-1 vote and the full House on a
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February08

Bill allowing beaded caps at graduation reaches floor, fails to be calendared

An amended version of a bill adjusting what’s allowed at graduation ceremonies advanced to the floor without recommendation, but failed to get on the calendar once there.   On its third vote, House Bill 1134, which, as amended, permits the wearing of a beaded graduation cap at a graduation ceremony, headed to the House floor
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January17

Gov. shares sales tax news in State of the State

As he has since 2011, Gov. Dennis Daugaard opened the latest legislative session with his State of the State address on Tuesday (Jan. 10).   Gov. Daugaard touched on a number of topics during the address, but maybe none as noteworthy – and surprising – as his announcement that South Dakota and Internet giant Amazon
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October19

Reach out to ASBSD at our Region Meetings

School board members and administrators, ASBSD is looking forward to seeing and hearing from you at our 2016 Fall Region Meetings.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will stop at 10 locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2017 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative platform (download drafts of our Standing Positions and Resolutions).
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June28

Policy Alert: Conflict of Interest legislation

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   House Bill 1214, the new law that prohibits school board members and
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May11

Policy Alert: teacher qualifications, staff leave among policy changes

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.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD’s sample school policies have seen some updates recently.   ASBSD has
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September30

New site for ASBSD’s online policy manual, more policy services available

Beginning this week ASBSD’s online policy manual will have a new home.   Your district will still have free access to our more than 450 sample school policies, but the website will move here, starting October 1st.   Be sure to check with your district’s superintendent for login and password information for the new online policy
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April01

2015 ASBSD-SASD Convention breakout session proposals

The premier learning event for South Dakota school board members and administrators, the ASBSD/SASD Joint Convention will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on August 6 & 7, 2015.     We’re seeking people to share their expertise and knowledge with the large contingent of school leaders expected to attend Convention.   If
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