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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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February20

Committee tables teacher recruitment program

A bill promoting teacher recruitment to rural school districts did not survive committee action.   Senate Bill 144, which would create a tuition reimbursement program for certain teachers teaching in rural school districts, was sent to the 41st legislative day by the Senate Appropriations committee.   SB 144 would have established the reimbursement fund for teachers
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February12

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – February, 2015

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 16. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting   Ramkota, Lake Sharpe Room, 12:00 Noon Pierre, SD   1. Call to Order –
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February05

No increase for pension levy

Members of the House Taxation committee voted to kill a bill that would have allowed school districts to raise their pension levy by $.05.   School districts currently can levy $.30 per $1,000 of valuation for their pension levy and House Bill 1115, which was defeated on a 10-5 vote, would have raised the maximum
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October15

10 myths of school board service

The National School Board Association recently published the “Ten myths of school board service” authored by Maine School Boards Association President Terry McCabe and Maryland Association of Boards of Education Communications and Marketing Coordinator Sandi Barry.   The list is a great read for current board members and a valuable share for individuals considering running
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