ASBSD Board reviews strategic plan, passes budget

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ASBSD Board reviews strategic plan, passes budget

ASBSD Board of Directors members met in Brookings in April to review the direction of the Association and approve the FY 2017 budget.


Board members reviewed the progress in ASBSD’s strategic plan, which they approved at last year’s April meeting.




The four goals of the strategic plan include:

  1. Provide school board members and board-superintendent teams with valuable leadership development.
  2. Deliver valuable, useful and accessible member services.
  3. Strengthen broad-based advocacy programs.
  4. Increase board member participation and engagement.

The newest goal to “Increase board member participation and engagement” – which was added last year – includes the launch of the ASBSD Member Survey.




The ASBSD Member Survey is designed to connect with school board members regarding ASBSD, our services and events and their participation with the Association.


“The survey will certainly assist us in continuing to provide high quality service to board members and our member districts,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.




“We hope all the board members we represent will take a moment to complete it and give us feedback on the many different things we do for schools.”


School Board members can complete the online survey here: ASBSD Member Survey.




Board of Director Members also approved a $2 million Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which accounts for an updated ASBSD dues calculation utilizing the Department of Education’s most recent statistical digest. The update results in approximately a $60 average increase in dues per-district.


April’s meeting also marked the last for Rapid City School Board Member Jeff Nelsen. Nelsen, who has sat on the ASBSD Board for two years, decided not to seek re-election to his local board.




“The thing I’ll miss is you guys,” Nelsen said. “You are great public servants and you do valuable work.”


The board also recognized Mitchell School Board Vice President Neil Putnam for being re-elected to the National School Board Associations’ Board of Directors. Putnam has begun serving his second consecutive, three-year term representing NSBA’s Western Region. He is the first school board member to represent South Dakota on the NSBA’s Board of Directors.


The Board of Directors also:

  • Held the first portion of the meeting at Daktronics and toured the facility;
  • Reviewed both passed and defeated legislation from the 2016 session;
  • Appointed ASBSD President Eric Stroeder, First Vice President Anita Peterson, Second Vice President Todd Thoelke, Past President Denise Lutkemeier and Board of Director Member Tom Farrell to the Associations’ Policy & Resolutions Committee, which will meet in June;
  • Scheduled the next meeting for Wednesday, August 3 in Sioux Falls.
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