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January21

HB 1032: Energy costs savings bill powers way to Senate

A bill aimed at improving energy costs for building projects powered its way through its first legislative chamber.   House Commerce and Energy members passed House Bill 1032 on a 12-0 vote on Wednesday (1/20). House members approved the bill the following day.   HB 1032 revises certain provisions regarding guaranteed energy savings contracts. During
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January19

ASBSD’s 2016 legislative resources

The 2016 legislative session begins Tuesday (Jan. 12) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Three ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 91st legislative session and informed about ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides you
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January18

New member appointed to ASBSD Board

Montrose School Board Member Alan Van Ruler has been appointed to a seat on the Associated School Boards of South Dakota Board of Directors by ASBSD President Eric Stroeder.   Van Ruler will represent ASBSD’s Southeastern Region, 265 and under enrollment category.   “We’re thrilled to have Alan join our team,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade
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January15

Meet the 2016 Senate Education committee members

An experienced group of legislators will examine education issues on the Senate side this session.   The seven-member Senate Education committee returns intact from 2015 with Sen. Deb Soholot again serving as Committee Chair. The group is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. during session.   Let’s get to know a little
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January15

Meet the 2016 House Education Committee members

A year after welcoming eight new members aboard, Chair of the House Education committee Rep. Jacqueline Sly will lead a group that returns intact.   House Education meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m. with Rep. Sly chairing the committee for the fourth consecutive year.   Let’s get to know the committee members:  
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January14

Proposed formula’s funding for districts detailed

At his State of the State Address (Jan. 12), Gov. Dennis Daugaard unveiled a historic proposal to put more than $80 million, most of which would be generated a sales tax increase, towards improving teacher salaries in order to solve the teacher shortage plaguing South Dakota’s school districts.   ASBSD is supporting Gov. Daugaard’s proposal.
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January13

Policy Alert: policy adoption amended, among others

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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January13

ASBSD supporting Gov. Daugaard’s education funding proposal

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address today was a historic step forward for the funding of public education and it’s a step ASBSD and our Board of Directors supports.   The governor’s pledge of more than $80 million in total funding for schools is the biggest immediate increase we’ve seen in decades and
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