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November30

Meet with your legislators and ask them the important questions

School Board Members and Administrators, please meet with your legislators before the 2023 legislative session begins in January.   Click here to see what legislators represent your district and click here to view legislator contact information.   “We need our school leaders to meet with their legislators before session begins,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany
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November30

Proposed Social Studies standards have second hearing

South Dakota’s proposed social studies standards had their second hearing, recently.   Opponents and proponents shared their sentiments with the state Board of Education Standards – who will ultimately make the decision – on the proposed standards in a more than three hour long hearing in Sioux Falls on November 21.   Those in favor
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November28

A sample school board resolution for your board’s consideration

The proposed Social Studies Standards for South Dakota’s schools are continuing their hearing schedule with the Board of Education Standards in 2023.   You can read the proposed standards here, which had their first hearing in September at which many South Dakota public school educators and administrators testified in opposition.   The overall sentiment of
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November25

Grow your own educators with Educators Rising SD

Your district can join a movement to grow your own educators, create the next generation of teachers and do so with the assistance of an established association to help you develop your local chapter.   Educators Rising South Dakota’s mission is to cultivate a new generation of highly skilled educators by guiding young people on
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November24

2022-23 School Election Workshop webinars scheduled

The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor six webinar workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass – and include question-and-answer sessions.   CLICK HERE to complete the registration form for each of the webinars described below
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November24

Safe2Say South Dakota reporting platform active

An anonymous tip platform for students, staff and communities to report concerning or threatening behaviors is now active.   The South Dakota School Safety Program launched Safe2Say South Dakota, a 24/7 reporting platform available through the free Safe2Say South Dakota App (available through Apple or Google Play), at https://safe2say.sd.gov/ or at the toll-free telephone number,
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November22

Free telemental health services available to schools

A partnership between two state agencies is bringing mental health services to schools FREE of charge!   The Department of Education and Department of Social Services will provide schools with additional support in helping students and their families access available mental health services as well as an understanding of when/how to refer students for mental
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November21

Have an open administrative position? We can help your district.

Among the most important decisions a school board will make is selecting your district’s administrative leaders.   Whether Superintendent, Business Manager, Principal or other administrative positions, ASBSD and Dakota Education Consulting’s search services is the best option for your school.   Since 2019, ASBSD and DEC have combined their knowledge, networks and experience to conduct
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November18

Schools meet teacher comp. targets, receive waiver extension

All of South Dakota’s public schools met teacher pay targets for the year and will continue to receive a waiver from their general fund cash balances.   School Finance Accountability Board members received their FY2022 Accountabilities report in which it noted all public school districts met their average teacher compensation target for the year.  
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November16

More than 90 School Boards earn ALL award

A record number of school boards earned awards in the sixth year of the ALL program.   In 2021-22 91 public school boards – more than 60 percent of the public boards in South Dakota – earned an ALL award, which is ASBSD’s statewide board recognition program and stands for Act, Learn, Lead. The previous
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