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Important legal topics affecting schools on schedule for ASBSD/COSA School Law webinars

Eight important school law related topics will be covered as part of the 2022-23 ASBSD/COSA School Law webinar series.   Listen to school law experts on legal topics affecting school districts, get your questions answered AND have access to the webinar recording presentation throughout the 2023 Fiscal Year for $25 per individual webinar or for

Delegate appointments needed for 2022 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s 2022 Delegate Assembly is scheduled for Friday, November 18 in Pierre at the Ramkota Conference Center, at 1 p.m. (Central) and EACH member district should appoint a board member to represent their school board and vote on positions that help set our legislative direction.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for

ASBSD members can submit a resolution or standing position for the 2022 Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions help set our legislative direction and as member districts, you have the opportunity to vote on them each year at Delegate Assembly, which is set for Friday, November 18 in Pierre at the Ramkota Conference Center at 1 p.m. (Central).   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for the

Share, listen, network at a Wednesdays with Wade meeting

Share your thoughts, listen to others and network with fellow school leaders in-person and online this fall as part of the Wednesdays with Wade meetings.   Join fellow board members, superintendents, business managers and other school leaders, as well as ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany, at a school or on Zoom at one or more

Policy Alert: 2022 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

2022’s Policies Required by Federal Law and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law has been updated by the National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA).   Links to the 2022 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law are posted on the ASBSD Policy Services website in the News window, located on the right hand side of the

Download the 2022-23 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Join the ASBSD team as the Member Services Coordinator

Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is seeking a professional, energetic individual for the role of Member Services Coordinator.   ASBSD’s Member Services Coordinator will assist in marketing and communication services with applicants expected to have experience in marketing, preferably in the insurance field, and a knowledge of K-12 school operations. The position will be

Breakout Sessions selected for the 2022 ASBSD-SASD Convention

The premier learning event for school board members and administrators will feature 35 and counting Breakout Sessions on Thursday and Friday, August 4-5 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.   Click here to see the Breakout Sessions scheduled to be at the 2022 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which include student achievement, governance & policy, finance & legal,

Did you note this information in your minutes?

Whether your district has held, will hold or didn’t have a school board election, state law requires specific information related to an election be noted in board minutes.   South Dakota state law 13-7-30 requires school districts who conducted a school board election to post the following information in their board meeting minutes within 60 days of the

CDC releases updated COVID guidance for schools

Updated COVID guidance for K-12 schools has recently been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   The updated guidance documents include: Operational Guidance for K-12 School and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning; Frequently Asked Questions for K-12 and Early Care and Education (ECE) Settings: Information for

ASBSD’s New School Board Member Workshop in August

It’s imperative for all school board members, new and seasoned, to understand their role as a school board member and ASBSD’s New School Board Member Workshop will provide information to enhance your understanding.   Join ASBSD Board Development Director Jim Holbeck on Wednesday, August 3 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center at

Info and insight on leading a school board at ASBSD President Workshop

Get more information and insight on leading a school board at the ASBSD School Board President Workshop in August.   Whether a veteran of the position or new to the role, Presidents AND Vice Presidents should join ASBSD Board Development Director Jim Holbeck from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3 at the Sioux Falls Convention

DOR provides property tax tools

The S.D. Department of Revenue (DOR) has compiled information that can and should be used to help explain the property tax system in South Dakota to inquiring taxpayers.   There are 4 separate documents that can help with the explanation and to access these documents click on the blue link: DOR Property Tax 101: Our

Property tax study to start assessing matters on Monday

An interim study affecting the monetary side of public education begins on Monday (6/27).   Fifteen legislators will participate in the Study Committee on Property Tax Structure and Tax Burden, which will study the existing property tax structure; consider means by which the total property tax burden of South Dakotans could be decreased; and to compare

Concerns, next steps shared at first juvenile justice study meeting

A wide-ranging discussion took place during the first meeting of the interim study on juvenile justice.   The Study Committee on Juvenile Justice began it’s work last week (6/16) hearing testimony from more than 10 individuals connected to the matter whether through schools, law enforcement agencies or in the juvenile court system.   Student truancy served as

Honor those enhancing public education with 2022 ASBSD Award

It’s time to honor those who give their time and effort to enhance education in their district.   We’re encouraging your district to submit candidates for ASBSD’s School Board Award of Excellence, Outstanding School Board Member of the Year, Community Service Award and Longevity Award.   “Let’s honor the school boards and individuals who have enhanced

Nearly $50 million more in revenue collected as FY22 nears end

With Fiscal Year 2022 nearing its end South Dakota’s revenue collections have exceeded revised projections by nearly $50 million.   May’s revenue collections came in $16 million above the revised projections adopted by the legislature during the 2022 legislative session.   The additional $16 million in May combined with collections in April, March and February

Juvenile Justice study begins this week

The study on juvenile justice will begin this week.   Fifteen legislators will consider and develop alternatives for the placement of juvenile offenders as part of the Study Committee on Juvenile Justice beginning this Thursday (6/16) at 9 a.m. (Central).   You can listen to the meeting here and view the agenda here.   Wednesday’s agenda includes

More than 450 open positions in schools

Nearly 100 more position openings were posted in May this school year than last on ASBSD’s Teacher Placement website.   At the end of May, ASBSD’s Teacher Placement had 480 open positions listed, which is an increase of 82 positions from May of 2021.   The 480 open positions are almost 100 postings higher than

2022 ASBSD-SASD Convention registration open

Registration for the 2022 ASBSD-SASD Convention is now open.   On Thursday and Friday, August 4-5 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center the premier learning event for school board members and administrators will feature: More than 40 breakout sessions covering relevant K-12 topics; Two keynote speeches Ruby Payne and John Draper; An awards banquet honoring administrators, schools

Two interim studies affecting schools on schedule

Two interim studies will be of interest to schools in the legislative “offseason.”   The Study Committee on Juvenile Justice will consider and develop alternatives for the placement of juvenile offenders. The interim committee is comprised of 15 legislators that include: Chair Rep. Caleb Finck Vice Chair Sen. Erin Tobin Fred Deutsch Red Dawn Foster

Policy Alert: 2022 Legislative Session

Recap of bills signed into law during the 2022 Legislative Session relevant to public education in South Dakota. To view the bill, click on the blue link.   HB 1087: Revise certain provisions regarding records that are not open to inspection and copying and deliberations in an executive or closed meeting.    Summary:  Incorporates SDCL

ASBSD Billtracker Recap

ASBSD’s Billtracker reached 86 total pieces of legislation being tracked by the end of the 2022 legislative session with half of those pieces having an ASBSD position of Support or Oppose.   Just slightly more than one-fourth of those pieces of legislation were passed, including seven of the 11 that were supported by ASBSD, and

Best and Brightest of 2022 Recognized for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2022 were recognized for their academic achievements during their high school career.     On Monday (5/9), Governor Kristi Noem and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) honored students who were identified as the top one percent of their senior class, from the state’s Public,

ASBSD Board honors fellow director, approves FY23 budget

ASBSD’s board met last month to honor one of their members for his service as a director and pass the Fiscal Year 2023 budget.   Tom Farrell was presented a plaque for his eight years of service representing ASBSD’s Southeast Region, 700-1,399 enrollment category on the Board of Directors. Farrell served as ASBSD President in

Revenue collections still exceeding projections

With only two months left to collect in Fiscal Year 2022, revenue collections remain far above projections, even after they were adjusted during legislative session.   Through April, revenue collections are $32 million ahead of the revised projections with the month of April alone accounting for an additional $20 million more than projections. Compared to

2022 School Board Election materials and information

To assist you in preparing and conducting a school board election next year, below you will a list of election materials from both the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office and ASBSD.   An election document can be retrieved by clicking on the blue link below for the corresponding election related material you wish to

Adopted revenue projections higher than proposed in December

Revenue projections for the next fiscal year were adopted recently.   Legislative Appropriators adopted revenue projections at $2.067 billion for Fiscal Year 2023, which is more than $92 million higher than what was proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem in December, on a 14-3 vote.   With the revenue projections exceeding what was projected in December

2022 Legislative Cracker Barrel list

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

Bill reducing sales tax passes House

Reducing the sales tax and repealing the Partridge Amendment is the aim of a bill bound for the Senate.   On a 6-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee passed House Bill 1327, which reduces the half-cent tax rate on certain products and repeals the Partridge Amendment, while the full House followed suit and

Submit your district’s student for the 2022 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2022 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet. ASBSD sent a letter to schools in February requesting they submit their school’s student(s).   The banquet will take place

School board election change bill reaches Senate floor

School board elections are facing a forced date change as a bill advances through the legislature.   House Bill 1300, which requires school district elections be held on dates specified by the legislature, passed the House on a 47-19 vote after passing the House State Affairs committee on a 10-1 vote and also passed the

Nominate your superintendent for a 2022 award

The South Dakota School Superintendent Association is accepting nominations for their 2022 state awards.   Nominations are being sought for: Outstanding Superintendent; Innovator of the Year; Community Leader of the Year; Rookie of the Year; and Distinguished Service Award. Download the instruction and nomination form here (Word) or here (PDF).   All nominations must be

Two school funding related bills find favor

Two school funding related bills found favor in their legislative process.   House Bill 1080, which extends the average teacher compensation targets until the 2023-24 school year, passed Senate Education on a 6-1 vote and the Senate on a 29-6 vote.   HB 1080 would reinstate the previous requirement in law, which was active for the 2018-19, 2019-20

2021-22 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office, ASBSD and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass – including question-and-answer sessions.   Six webinar workshops are scheduled to assist election officers in conducting elections with each webinar limited to 100 participants. Dates,

Property tax adjustments proposed in multiple bills

Property tax adjustment bills have received more attention and discussion this session.   House Bill 1039, which provides for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland, made it out of the House on a 38-30 vote, but was defeated in Senate Taxation on a 6-1 vote.   The bill sought to allow for ag

Four local control linked bills passed out of the House

Four local control linked bills leapt out of the House.   House Bill 1087, which revises protected documents and list of subjects allowed for discussion in executive session, headed out of the House Local Government and full House unanimously.   The bill adds cybersecurity plans and other computer related documents to those protected by the

Kindergarten, ed. materials and curriculum bills heard in House

Kindergarten, education materials and curriculum bills all faced hearings on the House side.   HB 1163, which allows students who are 5-years-old by September 30 and have passed a screening process to be enrolled in Kindergarten, was passed 12-3 by the House Education committee and the House, 40-28. The Senate Education committee also passed the bill

Separate paths for staffing solution bills

Two bills dealing with staffing in schools saw different ends.   House Bill 1261, which establishes emergency retire-rehire provisions for the South Dakota Retirement System, was defeated on a 10-3 vote.   The bill, which was supported by ASBSD, would have permitted teachers who had been retired for a year to be hired by schools

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

ASBSD’s Billtracker has climbed to 82 total pieces of legislation being tracked following last week’s bill submission deadline and with two weeks until Crossover Day, which requires all bills to pass their chamber of origin in order to continue during session, the updates will come daily.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   ASBSD

Governor signs girls’ sports participation bill

The girls’ sports participation bill reached the gov’s desk and was signed into law.   Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, passed the House on a 50-17 vote last week (2/1), following the pause of debate on the bill, and was signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem on

2022 School Board Recognition Week in February

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicate their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “During School Board Recognition Week, we encourage public school districts to celebrate their elected leaders for their service to the students, staff and community,” ASBSD

State seal requirement bill passed comm.

Another regulation is potentially on its way to schools.   House Education committee members passed House Bill 1198, which requires the display of the state seal in all public school buildings, on a 10-4 vote on Monday (2-7).   ASBSD opposes the bill with Executive Director Wade Pogany testifying “at the heart” of the bill

Private school scholarship increase on way to governor

The increase in public funding for the private school scholarship reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 71, which increases the private school scholarship fund total to $3.5 million form $2 million, passed the House Education committee on an 8-5 vote and the House on a 44-23 vote to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem

Funding for homeschool participation passes committee

After a few hearings a proposal to pay schools for homeschool student participation has passed.   House Bill 1119, which multiplies 0.10 by the number of homeschool children who are participating in interscholastic activities to the fall enrollment count for the state aid formula, passed the House Education committee on a 9-5 vote. Previously, the

Community-based school bill sent to Senate floor

The proposal to establish community-based schools returned this session.   Senate Bill 139, which creates a community-based school utilizing state funds, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote.   ASBSD opposes the bill as it was introduced in the same form as it has in previous years thus raising the same questions and

Oath of office bill amended and passed

The solution sought in the oath of office bill was found and approved.   House Bill 1077, which modifies the oath elected officials take when assuming office, was amended and passed by the House Local Government committee on an 11-0 vote and the House on a 68-0 vote.   The amendment to the bill clarifies

Senate supports teacher pay study bill

A bill expediating the study of teacher pay passed the Senate.   On a 34-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 95, which changes the timeline for the Teacher Compensation Review Board to meet from every 3 years to every 2 years.   “I believe this board should meet more frequently,” Sen. Jim Bolin, the bill’s sponsor

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

The fourth week of legislative session brings the first of three bill submission deadlines and a full week of session that is certain to shake up ASBSD’s Billtracker.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   The latest week of the 2022 legislative session, ended as a very busy one for ASBSD Billtracker as nearly

Why a 6 percent increase in State Aid is needed

Teacher Pay Behind Neighbors, Rank Falling Nationally   The average teacher salaries in South Dakota continue to lag far behind those of neighboring states with South Dakota the only state of the group of seven not top $50,000 in average teacher pay in 2019-20.     The closest regional competitor remains more than $3,000 ahead

Teacher pay accountabilities extension advances

A close committee vote followed by overwhelming favor on the floor sent teacher pay accountability extension to the Senate.   On an 8-6 vote by the House Education committee and a 65-1 vote by the full House, House Bill 1080, which extends the average teacher compensation targets until the 2023-24 school year, to the Senate.  

Girls’ sports participation bill passes House comm., paused on floor

The proposed participation change for girls’ sports was stopped short of signature, for now.   Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, saw its way through the House State Affairs committee on an 11-2 vote, sending it to the House floor, where its debate was delayed following the introduction of

Solution sought to oath of office bill’s discrepancy

An adjustment to the official oath of elected officials awaits its fate after a committee hearing.   House Bill 1077, which modifies the oath elected officials take when assuming office, was deferred by the House Local Government committee following its initial committee hearing last week (1/25).   The bill’s sponsor Rep. Tina Mullaly called the

Two ed. bills take different routes out of comm.

Two education related bills took different routes out of committee.   Senate Bill 95, which changes the timeline for the Teacher Compensation Review Board to meet from every 3 years to every 2 years, passed the Senate Education committee unanimously, 7-0.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “I see this bill as a better state

Hazing bill heads to House

A bill putting the act of hazing on the books in South Dakota saw its way through the Senate   Senate Bill 72, which establishes the crime of hazing and provides a penalty therefor, passed the Senate Judiciary committee on a 7-0 vote and the full Senate by 19-16 margin.   The bill defines hazing

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

Legislative session enters its third week and ASBSD Billtracker, which provides you with a list of each piece of legislation the Association is tracking during session, continues to be filled with activity.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   Following the second week of the 2022 legislative session, ASBSD Billtracker has added nine more bills

Six percent increase bill sent to Approps

The first step in South Dakota public schools receiving a 6 percent increase in state aid was taken in the legislature.   With a “Do Pass” recommendation, the Senate Education committee referred Senate Bill 59, which provides the 6 percent increase in state aid and special education and revises the property tax levies for school

Moment of silence bill moved to 41st day

A moment of silence in schools is momentarily a moot proposal after recent legislative committee action.   House Bill 1015, which requires a moment of silence at the start of each school day, failed to pass the House Education committee after a 9-6 vote.   The bill would have required schools to start each day

Funding increase for private school scholarship program advances

The inevitable increase in funding for the private school scholarship program has proceeded in the legislature.   Senate Bill 71, which increases the private school scholarship fund total to $3.5 million form $2 million, passed the Senate Education committee on 5-1 vote and the Senate on a 27-5 vote.   Implemented in 2016, the private

Senate sends girls’ sports participation bill to House

Proposed change to the participation in girls’ sports advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 46, which changes the process of participation in girls’ sports, on a 27-6 vote, sending the bill across the Capitol’s Hall.   SB 46 would permit only biological females to participate in women’s sports and would grant an athlete

Committee not opposed to noncropland change bill

Legislative committee members approved a cutout in property tax assessment of very specific ag land.   House Bill 1039, which provides for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland, passed the House Ag committee on a 10-3 vote.   The bill would change land currently classified as cropland to noncropland if it is greater

Weekly ASBSD Billtracker Update

With legislative session here for the next nine weeks, ASBSD Billtracker, which provides you with a list of each piece of legislation the Association is tracking during session, is filling up and will be regularly updated.   Learn how ASBSD Billtracker works here.   After the first week of 97th Legislative Session, the ASBSD Billtracker has

Girls’ sports participation bill passes committee

A legislative committee advanced a bill banning the participation of anyone other than biological females in girls’ sports at the end of the first week of the 2022 legislative session.   Senate Bill 46, which changes process of participation in girls’ sports, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on an 8-1 vote.   SB 46

State of the State includes focus on school related bills

South Dakota’s legislative session opened with the Governor’s State of the State address on Tuesday (1/11) with proposals related to public schools getting some of the attention.   Gov. Kristi Noem stated early in her State of the State address South Dakota was stronger than it had ever been, adding the state is “proudly leading

Revenue collections remain on a roll

South Dakota’s strong 2022 Fiscal Year continued in December.   Gov. Kristi Noem touted the month and year’s strength in her State of the State Address on Tuesday (1/11) citing “exceptional revenue growth that South Dakota has enjoyed” because of the steps the state has taken in the past few years.   “So far this

School safety resources highlighted in legis. comm.

School safety resources were highlighted in a recent legislative committee meeting.   S.D. Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price discussed the School Safety Resource Center in front of the Senate Judiciary committee on last week (1/13).   Sec. Price noted the School Safety Resource Center presented “opportunities we could take the lead from the

Meet the 2022 House Education Committee

Each member of the House Education returns to their seat on the committee.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2022 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her fourth year.   Let’s get to know the committee

Meet the 2022 Senate Education Committee

No changes were made to the Senate Education committee for the 2022 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. during the 2022 legislative session.   Let’s meet the committee members:   Sen. Blake Curd (District 12)

LAN members needed for 2022 legislative session

Board members, administrators and ASBSD must work together to advocate for support from the legislature for South Dakota’s public education system.   An important part of those advocacy efforts is for member districts to appoint one or more board members to ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN), which is designed to activate designated members of local

2022 ASBSD Legislative Resources

The 2022 legislative session begins this week (1/11) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 97th legislative session, they include: ASBSD Billtracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Billtracker provides you with a list of

2022’s most important legislative days

The 2022 legislative session begins on Tuesday, January 11th and the 97th legislative session features many important days during which many pieces of K-12 related legislation will be debated and voted on.   This year’s session contains 38 legislative days and kicked off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s State of the State address at 1 p.m. on January 11th.

Gov. proposes six percent increase in state aid

Schools received a nearly unprecedented state aid increase proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem for the 2022-23 school year.   At Gov. Noem’s budget address this month she proposed a 6 percent increase in state aid for the 2022-23 school year. The 6 percent increase brings $41 million in new, ongoing funding to state aid.  

High School Seniors eligible for Sanford Underground Research Facility’s STEM summer program

Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) is accepting applications for the Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program.   The program is a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expense-paid opportunity that connects science-curious students with peers and mentors as they explore the modern world of STEM research in the summer of 2022.   The Davis-Bahcall Scholars Program is open to South Dakota high school

Online training available through ASBSD’s School Board U!

Complete training individually, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home with ASBSD’s School Board U!   School Board U is our online training site to cover your training needs and enhance your knowledge of school board work.   Your SBU training will consist of an interactive video presented by ASBSD

Rev. collections exceed projections for fifth month

Revenue collections exceeded projections for the fifth consecutive month.   November’s revenue collections exceed the legislature’s adopted projections by $14.5 million, which was powered by sales tax collection being nearly $13 million above projection.   The surplus revenue projection for the month brought the 2022 Fiscal Year total collections to nearly $88 million more than

Anonymous Tip Reporting Platform available for SD schools

The South Dakota School Safety Center, which is a department with the state Department of Public Safety and provides many safety resources to schools, announced a partnership with the premier anonymous tip reporting platform designed for schools.   P3 Campus, which supplements student safety and mental health initiatives for schools, is the industry leader in

SD Schools can access Handle With Care program

The South Dakota School Safety Center is introducing a new opportunity for South Dakota Schools to keep kids safe and foster a positive school climate.   The program is called “Handle With Care” (HWC) which promotse safe and supportive homes, schools and communities that protect children, and help traumatized children heal and thrive.   HWC programs support children exposed to

State-Funded Training to Increase Safety in Schools Available

Grant funds administered through the South Dakota Office of Homeland Security are now available to South Dakota K-12 schools to increase school safety through threat assessment training.   The program offers training to school officials on how to identify and deal with violent situations. Several South Dakota schools have already registered for the program, which

Member districts vote on legis. direction at Delegate Assembly

Member districts sent their delegates to Pierre recently to help set the legislative direction for ASBSD.   Eighty appointed delegates – who were school board members tabbed by their local boards to represent them – attended the 2021 Delegate Assembly in Pierre to pass 40 resolutions and 12 standing positions that will help the Association

ASBSD Board meets, discusses legis. priorities

ASBSD Board members met for the second time this school year and approved the legislative priorities presented and voted on at the 2021 Delegate Assembly.   Read the report from Delegate Assembly here.   The board reviewed the resolutions and standing positions set to be voted on at Delegate Assembly and decided up on five

NSBA hires new Executive Director

The National School Board Association hired its new Executive Director, Dr. John Heim of Kansas.\   Heim, who previously served as Executive Director of the Kansas Association of School Boards for 11 years as part of more than a four-decade career in public education, began his tenure as NSBA Executive Director on November 23.  

Revenue collection far exceeding projections

Revenue collections continue to soar in South Dakota.   One-third of the way through Fiscal Year 2022 revenue collections continue to climb as the October collection was $12.2 million higher than the projections adopted by the legislature, bringing the state’s total collection in FY22 to $720 million, which is $73 million more than adopted projections.

Sit down with your legislators and discuss key public ed. issues

Before we know it, legislative session will be here along with bills aplenty dealing with public education.   ASBSD is requesting school boards and administrators sit down with there local legislators this fall to discuss the upcoming session and advocate for their support of South Dakota’s public education system.   “Public education could face another

Get a cybersecurity risk assessment from BIT

School districts are facing increasingly common cyber-attack vectors, including denial of service attacks, ransomware infections, and data breaches making the need for cybersecurity even greater.   BIT and the DOE are partnering to expand the DDN services available to schools to include Cybersecurity Risk Assessments with a goal to ensure the district employs the technology,

ASBSD statement on NSBA

With regard to the recent National School Board Association (NSBA) actions, ASBSD does not agree with the request for federal intervention in NSBA’s letter to President Biden, nor were we consulted about the letter.   ASBSD respects and trusts school board members to govern their schools in a manner that best suits their district locally. We

Current medical cannabis rules remain nearly the same after interim comm. study

Few changes were made to the current medical cannabis rules following the conclusion the state’s marijuana interim study, which included a review of the medical cannabis laws.   No changes were made during the study to the current laws and policies in place for schools as it relates to the administration of medical cannabis to

Appoint your district’s delegate for the 2021 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD member districts each need to appoint a Delegate to represent their school board at the 2021 ASBSD Delegate Assembly where their vote on resolutions and standing positions will help set the legislative direction of the Association.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for the upcoming legislative session and click here to

Wednesdays with Wade meetings in-person and online this fall

Wednesdays with Wade returns this fall in-person AND online.   Join ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany at a school or on Zoom for any of the upcoming seven meetings where he will discuss ASBSD’s resolutions & standing positions, school funding and potential legislation for the 2022 legislative session, the need to advocate for support of

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

Download the S.D. Alternative Instruction FAQ

Answers to your questions on the many changes in homeschool laws this school year can be found in the S.D. Department of Education’s Alternative Instruction FAQ.   The multitude of changes came about following the passage of Senate Bill 177, which made significant changes to homeschool laws, and the FAQ was developed in partnership with

Updates made to 2022 ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

ASBSD’s proposed legislative platform for the 2022 legislative session is ready for review ahead of this year’s Delegate Assembly.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly.   The 2021 Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 19 in Pierre at

Teacher pay report reviewed and approved by TCRB

A report detailing teacher pay in South Dakota was recently approved by the board charged with reviewing its progress.   Members of the Teacher Compensation Review Board (TCRB) approved its final report in September and sent it on to Gov. Kristi Noem and the legislature for review. Read the final report here.   Conclusions in

Proposed changes to med. cannabis law pass committee

A legislative sub-committee reviewing the medical cannabis statute recently approved recommendations for changes to the state law that could affect schools.   The biggest proposed change would permit a school to prohibit the use of medical cannabis on school grounds unless the adopt a school board policy allowing it.   However, the proposed changes have

ALL awards earned by more than half of public school boards

More than half of the public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL Award in the 2020-21 school year.   In the fifth year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 77 school boards, a program record, earned a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. In 2019-20 66 school boards earned

ASBSD, Mobridge-Pollock President Stroeder elected to national board

Mobridge-Pollock School Board President and Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) President Eric Stroeder has been elected as a Western Region Director for the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) Board of Directors.   Stroeder was elected as a Director by school members from the nine states that comprise NSBA’s Western Region at their recent

Policy Alert: 2021 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

The National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA) recently updated and posted Policies Required by Federal Law and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law.   ASBSD Policy and Legal Services Director Jessica Filler requested when school districts review the notices, they especially focus on the addition made in 2021 to the Title IX Summary of Requirements

Policy Alert: Alternative Instruction

ASBSD has updated multiple policies related to the student alternative instruction (homeschool) law overhaul by the legislature during the 2021 session.   “The major changes are to policy IGDK: Participation of Alternative Instruction Students and JEAA: Students Alternative Instruction,” ASBSD Policy and Legal Services Director Jessica Filler said.   IGDK: Participation of Alternative Instruction Students Revisions include

ASBSD Board starts new school year

ASBSD’s Board of Directors began the 2021-22 year by discussing the board’s executive committee, welcoming two new members and welcoming back two directors, and more.   The ASBSD Board of Directors met the day prior to the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention and decided to maintain the current Executive Committee for the board in order to allow

Policy Alert – Medical Cannabis Administration in Schools

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   ASBSD has created a new sample policy and accompanying exhibit

ASBSD honors public school supporters

ASBSD honored school board members, former administrators and public school advocates and community representatives who went above and beyond for their local school districts.   Mobridge-Pollock School Board President and ASBSD President Eric Stroeder earned the 2021 Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor, which is presented to

Policy Alert: Updates made to board related policies

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   Five sample school board policies were recently amended by the

Four former school board members receive Longevity Award

Four former school board members were honored for their decade’s worth of service to their local school district.   Former Wilmot School Board Member Denise Lutkemeier received ASBSD’s Longevity Award, which recognizes school board leaders who have served 20 or more years on a local school board.   Lutkemeier served 21 years on the Wilmot

Policy Alert: Student education related policies amended

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   School board sample policies related to different aspects of a

Policy Alert: Student and Staff Health and Safety

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   Student and staff health and safety related policies recently received

School Law webinar recordings available to watch

Expert school law information is still available in eight webinars this year – at a lower rate!   The great minds in school law in South Dakota covered eight legal topics affecting school districts each in an hour-long webinar and you can still register for them to receive the recordings.   For just $25, you

Five CB webinar recordings available for viewing

Board members and administrators will receive expert information and advice on the collective bargaining process as part of ASBSD’s five-part webinar series.   Veteran School Law Attorneys Gerry Kaufman and Rodney Freeman presented their vast knowledge of the collective bargaining process in five separate hour-long recorded webinars, each covering its own unique topic.   For

Filler an excellent addition to ASBSD

Since October, ASBSD has had the privilege of having Jessica Filler on the team as the Director of Policy and Legal Services.   “It’s been great to have Jessica on board at ASBSD,” Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “She’s brought a new perspective along with a vast knowledge base and a desire to work tirelessly.”

State aid increase for schools supported

There will be an increase in state aid for public schools next school year.   Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, received only 5 no votes with Joint Appropriations passing it 16-2, the Senate supporting it 34-0 and the House approving it

S.D. Superintendent’s Association seeking award nominees

The South Dakota Superintendent’s Association is seeking nominations for their annual awards as they look to celebrate great leaders across South Dakota.   The awards categories are as follows: Outstanding Superintendent of the Year Distinguished Service Award Innovator Award Rookie of the Year Award Community Leader of the Year Award The nomination packet can be

One-time funding for schools approved

Schools are set to receive one-time funding from the 2021 legislative session.   Senate Bill 64, which Revises the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2021, passed the Joint Appropriations committee 18-0, the Senate floor 34-0 and the House floor 58-11.   ASBSD supported the bill, which will provide $11 million in one-time funding to

Overhaul of homeschool laws passed by House, signed by Gov

A bill set to bring about major changes to homeschool statute will become law on July 1.   On a 41-27 vote, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, and Gov. Kristi Noem, surrounded by supporters of the proposal, signed it into law.   Rep. Rebecca Reimers, the

Apply to be part of social studies standards revision

Those interested in applying to be part of the social studies standards revision can do so.   The South Dakota Department of Education is taking applications from educators and key stakeholders interested in being part of this summer’s social studies standards revision process.   Click here to apply.   The Department of Education is seeking

Submit your questions on homeschool statute changes

SASD Executive Director Rob Monson has developed an online document for submission of questions related to Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws.   The bill, which passed the House 41-27 and was signed by Gov. Kristi Noem, will become law on July 1 and there are many questions around how different

NSBA holding 2021 conference online

NSBA is pleased to announce the transformation of its in-person NSBA 2021 Annual Conference Exposition to the NSBA 2021 Online Experience.   The conference will bring world-class programming, inspirational keynotes, top education solution providers, and plentiful networking opportunities over a three day period from Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10.     For additional information and registration details

Bill adjusting private school scholarship for third time on to Gov.

The Governor’s signature is all that awaits a bill seeking expansion of the private school scholarship program.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the House State Affairs committee on a 10-3 vote and the full House on a 60-9 vote.   The bill would allow

Proposed study on mental health education in SD awaits approval

A proposed study on mental health education in South Dakota awaits its final go ahead after running through the legislature.   HCR 6015, which encourages the Executive Board of the Legislature to create an interim legislative study on mental health education in this state, received approval by the House, a Senate Committee and the full

Teleconference voting change on to Gov’s desk

A streamlined process for unanimous voting during a teleconference is headed to the Governor’s desk.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the Senate Local Government committee on a 6-1 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “It will

Media access of events bill reaches gov’s desk

A bill permitting additional media coverage of interscholastic activities or events reached the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 128, which revises certain provisions related to news media coverage of high school activities, passed Senate and House committees and floor votes with near unanimous support.   The bill permits free access for media outlets to cover

Homeschool bill headed to House floor, contact your Reps and tell them to vote NO

There may only be one final legislative hurdle for a bill bringing sweeping changes to homeschool laws to clear.   Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to homeschool laws, passed the House State Affairs Committee on Monday (3/1) by an 8-5 vote and now moves to the House floor for review and vote, and

School funding proposals to be addressed in remaining session days

With the fate of many of the K-12 education bills decided or in their final legislative stages, the focus in the final two weeks of the legislature’s main run turns to funding.   This week, Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, will

2021 Cracker Barrel list

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

House passes funding for civics ed. update

The civics education update has its funding through the first chamber of the legislature.   On a 63-5 vote, House members passed House Bill 1279, which appropriates $900,000 for the development of civics curriculum and resources.   The proposed one-time funding of $900,000 would go to four areas of the review and development of civics education, including: Creating

Wind energy tax revenue transfer bill on to Gov

School districts seeking to use tax revenue from the wind energy tax only await the Governor’s signature to do so.   House Bill 1066, which authorizes the transfer of wind energy tax revenue from a school district general fund, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote and the full Senate on a 35-0

Sen. sends homeschool participation, ed. overhaul bill to House, tell Reps to vote NO

Homeschool law overhaul is headed across the Capitol building hallway for debate and review.   Senators passed Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool laws, on a 21-14 vote.   ASBSD opposes the bill, which now heads to the House State Affairs committee for debate and review.   The bill creates

SFAB approves continuation of cash balance cap waiver

School districts will continue to receive flexibility with their general fund cash balances.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) unanimously approved a resolution extending the blanket waiver for school districts receiving federal funds tied to COVID-19 so that would not be penalized in state aid reduction should they exceed the general fund

Private school scholarship provision change creeps into the House

The creep towards expanding the state’s private school scholarship program continued.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate on a 30-5 vote.   The bill would allow any students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade to receive a private school scholarship should they meet the income eligibility

Civics education update funding through first comm.

Funding for the proposed civics education update came out of its first committee in the legislature.   On an 8-0 vote, House Appropriators passed House Bill 1279, which appropriates $900,000 for the development of civics curriculum and resources.   The proposed one-time funding of $900,000 would go to four areas of the review and development of civics

Revenue figures adopted, funding proposals discussed

An increase in state aid for next year and one-time money for this year remain in play after the adoption of revenue figures.   On a 14-3 vote, Legislative Appropriators adopted revenue figures for Fiscal Year 2022, which total $1.834 billion in revenue and is more than $30 million above what Gov. Kristi Noem proposed

Free training videos available for board members

School board members seeking additional information about their role can review seven one-hour videos for FREE and earn 20 ALL points for each one watched!     The School Board U Sundays videos are hosted by ASBSD Board Development Director Jim Holbeck and cover a variety of school board topics, including: Social Media Challenges: CLICK HERE;

Comm. approves homeschool ed. law overhaul, ask your Senators to oppose

The loosening of alternative instruction oversight began with committee passage of Senate Bill 177.   Senate Education committee members passed SB 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, on a 6-1 vote.   An amendment to the bill does require proof of age be provided for any student participating in school athletics

2021 School Board Recognition Week this week!

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicate their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “We’ll join together to thank those individuals who show great leadership and dedication, especially during this trying year, on their local public school board during

ASBSD BOD meets online

ASBSD Board members met online recently and received a legislative update and discussed next year’s officers.   Executive Director Wade Pogany provided the Board of Directors with an update from the 2021 legislative session, including funding and key bills.   “Money is still in play,” Pogany said, noting the two biggest funding pieces were the

COVID liability bill sent to Governor’s desk for signature

A bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 has reached the Governor’s desk.   On a 29-3 vote, the Senate passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, to send it to Gov. Kristi Noem for review and signature.   “We have a bill

Eligibility requirements could expand for private school scholarship

South Dakota’s private school scholarship program could expand should the latest bill chipping away at the program’s initial parameters continues to progress.   Senate Bill 175, which expands the student eligibility options for the private school scholarship program, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote.   The bill would allow any students in

Wind energy tax revenue transfer bill passes House

A bill adjusting the way tax revenue from wind energy tax can be used by school districts breezed through its first legislative chamber.   On a 14-0 vote, the House Education committee passed House Bill 1066, which authorizes the transfer of wind energy tax revenue from a school district general fund, and on a 68-0

Bill drastically amending homeschool education laws has first hearing

The first debate on a proposal to overhaul alternative instruction laws took place today (2/9).   Senate Education committee members held a nearly two hour hearing on Senate Bill 177, which makes significant changes to alternative instruction, or homeschool, laws, and will continue the bill hearing on Thursday (2/11).   ASBSD opposes the bill.  

Teleconference voting amendment passes House

A bill streamlining unanimous voting during a teleconference meeting reached the Senate recently.   House Bill 1127, which revises certain provisions regarding official meetings conducted by teleconference, passed the House Local Government committee on a 12-1 vote and the House on a 50-18 vote.   The bill removes the requirement during a teleconference that a

House halts publication notice fee increase bill

A bill adjusting fees and publication requirements failed to find favor in the House.   House Bill 1050, which changes publication fees and requires notices be posted online, in addition to in print, on a website hosted by SDNA, lost on a 29-41 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill, which had action delayed on it

Community-school bill defeated in Senate

A proposal to create a community-school system within a public school district fell in the Senate.   On a 12-20 vote, Senators defeated an amended version of Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. The end comes after the bill passed through the Senate Education committee, but was defeated on its

Sen. comm. sends COVID liability protection bill to floor

There’s just a single legislative hurdle left for a bill that would provide school districts and other entities protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19.   Senate Judiciary committee members passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 5-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, with ASBSD Executive Director Wade

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the gov’s desk

Two bills benefitting schools are headed for the governor’s desk.   House Bill 1082, which changes the LEP term to English Learner and amends the EL adjustment for the 2021-22 school year, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-0 vote and the full Senate on a 31-0 vote, after previously passing the House Education

Senate confirms appointment of Sec. of Education Tiffany Sanderson

The Senate confirmed the appointment of Secretary of Education Tiffany Sanderson recently.   Sec. Sanderson was appointed as interim Secretary in December by Gov. Kristi Noem and receive unanimous support to be permanently appointed to the position by the Senate Education and then full Senate.   Sanderson previously served as a senior policy advisor for

Senate defeats, revives community-based school bill

A bill establishing a community-based school system within public school districts was defeated, but then revived this week.   Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, failed to pass the Senate on 14-20 vote on Monday (2/1), but on Tuesday (2/2) a vote reconsider – thus reopening debate and vote –

Bill limiting COVID-19 liability passes House

School districts and other entities across South Dakota will have protection against certain lawsuits related to COVID-19 based on a recent bill passed through the House.   Members of the House State Affairs committee passed House Bill 1046, which limits liability for certain exposures to COVID-19, on a 12-1 vote and the full House passed

Committee concurs with Community school bill

A bill creating a new school system within existing school districts cleared its first committee.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Bill 68, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, passed the Senate Education committee.   ASBSD opposes the bill due to the legal questions it raises, governance issues it presents and liability concerns

Bill seeks to change notice publication costs

A legislative committee showed support for a bill making major adjustments to the notice publication requirements.   On an 8-5 vote, House Local Government committee members passed House Bill 1050, which changes publication fees and requires notices be posted online, in addition to in print, on a website hosted by SDNA.   ASBSD opposes the

State Aid Increase Bill has first hearing

The bill providing public schools an increase in state aid had its first hearing of the legislative session.   Senate Bill 49, which sets the School District General Fund levy, target teacher salary and overhead rate for FY 2022, was expectedly sent to the Joint Appropriations Committee on a 7-0 vote by the Senate Education

Civics education update shared with committees

An update on what to expect for civics education in South Dakota was provided recently.   Sec. of Education Tiffany Sanderson shared information with two legislative committees last week about the proposed updates to civic education discussed by Gov. Kristi Noem in December and January.   Sec. Sanderson told members of the Senate Education committee

SB 46 headed to Governor’s desk

A bill amending the instruction and hours during a state emergency reached the Governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 46, which allows for the consideration of certain instruction to count towards the minimum number of hours required in a school term during a declared state of emergency, passed both chambers’ education committees and the full chamber

NSBA Overview on Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

The following information was provided by the National School Boards Association (NSBA).   On Saturday, December 26, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, a $900 billion legislative package to assist with the COVID-19 national emergency.   As part of the package, education received $82 billion in

Appoint your LAN member for the 2021 legislative session

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   The ASBSD Legislative Action Network is designed to activate designated members of local school boards to represent the legislative positions of the Association and their local board.   Every

Proposals for one-time money for schools outlined

Along with the ongoing increase of 2.4 percent to state aid for next school year, there are three proposed one-time funding plans that have been outlined.   In addition to the ongoing funding increase, Gov. Kristi Noem proposed $11 million in one-time money for student enrollment impacts from the COVID19 pandemic. The S.D. Department of

Flexibility from state requirements provided

Flexibility from certain requirements has been provided to school districts for the 2020-21 school year.   Gov. Kristi Noem signed an Executive Order earlier this month providing accredited schools with relief from certain state requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which include:   Teacher evaluation. Suspension of the statutory provision of SDCL 13-42-34 requiring schools

Legislative comm. endorses community-based school bill

A bill attempting to create a new school system that was defeated last session will be back next year after receiving the support of the State-Tribal Relations committee.   On a 10-0 vote, the committee endorsed the draft of the bill, which will create and fund Oceti Sakowin community-based schools. A similar bill was defeated

Additional fed dollars for public schools

The latest federal COVID-19 emergency relief fund includes $54 billion for K-12 public education.   The $54 billion for K-12 public schools does not include a condition related to funding based on schools physically reopening and operating with in-person education. The legislation also extends the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending deadline to December 30, 2021

2020-21 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

The 2020-21 School Board/Municipal Election Workshops will be held online starting in December.   ASBSD in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s office and the South Dakota Municipal League are co-sponsoring webinar workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass.   The six webinars are free of charge and offered

Public comment requested on ESSA addendum, waiver and amendment

The South Dakota Department of Education is seeking an addendum, waiver and amendment to its Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan and is seeking public comment.   The proposed addendum creates a streamlined accountability process to address the impacts of COVID-19, while the waiver is specific to the 95 percent participation rate and school support

Proposed state aid increase above inflationary requirement

South Dakota’s public school districts are in line to receive a state aid increase above inflation for the 2021-22 school year.   At her budget address on Tuesday (12/8), Gov. Kristi Noem proposed a 2.4 percent increase in state aid, which is above the 1.5 percent inflation level required to be provided in state law,

Delegates approve resolutions and standing positions for 2021

Nearly 90 Delegates took part in the first-ever online Delegate Assembly last month.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly took place on the Zoom online platform where 87 delegates approved 39 legislative resolutions and 12 standing positions, which set the Association’s legislative platform for the 2021 legislative session that begins

Remembering LeRoy Hellwig

LeRoy Hellwig was a dedicated public servant to and great advocate of public education. Hellwig passed away peacefully at the age of 81 last month.   Elected to the Sisseton School Board in 1971, Hellwig served more than 40-years on his local board and worked hard to assure tax dollars were maximized and sought to

ASBSD Board meets online prior to Delegate Assembly

The final meeting of 2020 for the ASBSD Board of Directors was held online last month.   Directors met prior to the 2020 Delegate Assembly, which you can read about here, and approved the legislative priorities to be presented and voted upon by Delegates.   The five resolutions approved by the Board as advocacy priorities

Policy Alert: 2020 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   The National School Boards Association/Council of School Attorneys (NSBA/COSA) recently updated and

Record number of boards earn ALL awards in 2019-20

A record number of school boards earned an ALL Award in 2019-20 school year.   In the fourth year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 66 school boards earned a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. In 2018-19 52 school boards earned an award, in 2017-18 56 boards and in 2016-17

Sanderson appointed Sec. of Education

Recently, Tiffany Sanderson was appointed as Secretary of Education by Gov. Kristi Noem.   The Governor’s appointment of Sanderson is effective December 9, 2020. Sanderson, who currently serves a senior policy advisor for Gov. Noem, will succeed Dr. Ben Jones, who has been named the new executive director of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

Schedule a FREE school security assessment

The South Dakota School Safety Program is offering schools a free School Infrastructure Survey and Assessment. This program is housed under the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.   The ideal time for completing a School Infrastructure Survey and Assessment is prior to a critical incident, not in response to a critical incident.   Information collected

Interest-Based Bargaining Webinar set for Dec. 17

What is Interest-Based Bargaining?   Board members and administrators can learn more about this approach during ASBSD’s Collective Bargaining Webinar: Interest-Based Bargaining on Thursday, December 17 at 12 p.m. (Central).   Join School Law Attorneys Gerry Kaufman and Rodney Freeman and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Commissioner Ron Morrison as they discuss Interest-Based Bargaining’s collaborative

2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly to be held virtually

As your district’s appointed delegate for ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly, you have an important role for your district and for your state school board Association as you will vote on the legislative direction of ASBSD for the 2021 legislative session.   This year, we’re asking all appointed delegates join us on the online webinar Zoom platform

Appoint your district’s Delegate, ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly moved online

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics. Appointed delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2021 legislative session.     Please submit your appointed delegate’s name and information by Tuesday,

2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly Member Resolution-Standing Position Information

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   They are an extremely valuable reference for our legislative advocating efforts and, as we’ve seen in past legislative sessions, are the guides for ASBSD to follow when controversial legislative issues, which our member schools do not hold a consensus opinion on, are introduced.  

School board topics, talk and trainings scheduled this Fall

ASBSD is bringing more school board topics, talk and training to you this Fall.   Beginning in October we will be hosting two webinar series – one focused on advocacy and another on school board topics – for board members and administrators to enhance their knowledge of and gather new information on each topic.  

CRF payments made to schools

The first of two Coronavirus Relief Fund, or CRF, payments was made to districts the previous week, so long as the S.D. Department of Education received a signed grant Memorandum of Understanding from the district.   The initial payment is $500 per student based on the district’s 2019 fall enrollment and the second payment will

Ed comm. agrees on recommendations, JCA to meet ahead of special session

Joint legislative committees overseeing education discussed Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for K-12 and issues facing schools this year as a special legislative session looms.   Members of the House and Senate Education committees met jointly (9/16) to submit ideas to the Joint Appropriations Committee for review when they meet Wednesday, September 30.   Learn more

SFAB passes resolution related to cash balance cap waivers

Leniency related to general fund cash balance caps could be coming for school districts.   Members of the School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) met recently (9/22) and passed a resolution granting a waiver from the general fund cash balance cap for school districts who receive Coronavirus Relief Funds.   Download the SFAB Resolution here and

Download the 2020-21 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Virtual Convention access still available

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Virtual Convention was held last month and even if you missed it live, your district can still obtain all the information, presentations and resources shared during the event.   Any district registering for access to the event will be able to review the recorded sessions for 25 breakout sessions, the panel discussion

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

Updates made to 2021 ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

The latest iterations of ASBSD’s legislative platform for the 2021 legislative session are available for review.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly.   This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 20. At this time, ASBSD is planning

Schools to receive Coronavirus Relief Funding

South Dakota school districts are set to receive Coronavirus Relief Funds, or CRF.   Below you will find the main pieces of CRF for schools: Noem has announced that an additional $75 million in CRF grant funding will be made available to South Dakota’s public and non-public K-12 schools. The U.S. Treasury’s updated guidance allows

Policy Alert: New Policy, Multiple Amended

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Committee has approved

2020-21 Bus Pact submission deadline approaching

ASBSD continues our coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts on the occasion a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact district to secure

Lutkemeier passes ASBSD Gavel to Stroeder

ASBSD saw its gavel passed and a new President take the helm.   Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier completed her year-long term as President of ASBSD by passing the gavel to Mobridge-Pollock School Board Chairman Eric Stroeder.     “It has truly been an honor to work for this organization and serve it,” Lutkemeier

Krogman elected 2nd V.P. of ASBSD Board

White River School Board Member Louann Krogman has been elected as the Second Vice President of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.   ASBSD’s Second Vice President serves an integral role on the Association’s Executive Committee, which comprises the leadership team of the 18-member Board of Directors.   Krogman was appointed as an At-Large

ASBSD Board welcomes new members, approves Exec. Comm.

ASBSD Board Members met last month to welcome new members, approve updates to the Executive Committee, approve resolutions and standing positions and more.   Brandon Valley School Board Member Ellie Saxer and Rapid City School Board President Curtis Pochardt were elected to the 18-member ASBSD Board of Directors.   Saxer is representing the Southeast Region,

Policy Alert: Sexual Harassment (Title IX)

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   ASBSD Policy Services has made available

School Law events to be held online in 2020-21

For 2020-21, the Council of School Attorney’s Board of Directors voted to hold all events online.   Beginning this fall, a schedule of school law webinars, which will be a substitute for all in-person events, will commence and cover a variety of topics related to school law.   “The COSA board made the prudent decision

Reopening schools sharing sessions information

Recently, ASBSD and SASD hosted three reopening school sharing sessions across the state for administrators to join together and share with each other how they were preparing for the 2020-21 school year in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.   “We had a great group of meetings with administrators from all locations, environments and enrollment

2020 ASBSD-SASD Virtual Convention sessions, schedule set

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held virtually on Thursday, August 6 and will begin at 9 a.m. with a keynote speech from Devin Hughes of The Orange Frog group followed by 15 live breakout sessions covering a variety of topics and a panel discussion on the upcoming school year with state officials, with EACH

Utilize these guides in reopening schools plans

As school districts approach an unprecedented to start to a school year there are many different resources available to assist in the planning and preparation.   Below you will find links to a variety of guides from ASBSD, the South Dakota Department of Education, as well as the Department of Health: ASBSD Reopening of Schools

Funding info for the upcoming school year

As Fiscal Year 2021 begins the wave of school funding comes to districts.   The first half of state aid and special education funding will be made and to find out the amounts your district is set to receive click each link below: Click here to see District-by-District State Aid Funding (first half) Click here

Policy Alert: Fiduciary, Fiscal and Funds

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal

Kaufman announces retirement

A career filled with invaluable experience and institutional knowledge in school law is concluding as ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman will retire in September.   “My goal, when making the decision to go to law school after serving as a public school counselor for 8 years, was to work in the

State law requires districts post information in minutes

Whether or not they held a school board election, all school districts have a statutory requirement to post specific election information within their board minutes this year.   In 2018, SDCL 13-7-30 became law requiring schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.   Even if your district is not holding an election in

School districts asked to complete fed reserve regional survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis continues efforts to gauge the extent of the disease’s disruption on the economy—including on school districts, as well as city and county governments—of the Ninth District, a region that includes South Dakota, and Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.  

No special session scheduled, two percent to be provided

There will be no special legislative session this month, which means schools will receive the two percent funding increase prescribed by state law on July 1.   “We will not be having a special (legislative) session in June,” Gov. Kristi Noem said at her press conference on Thursday (6/4), adding that her administration would “continue

2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention to be held virtually

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held virtually this year.   On Thursday, August 6, ASBSD and SASD, in conjunction with TIE, will host a virtual Convention for board members and administrators.   “Moving the ASBSD-SASD Convention to the virtual platform from our regular face-to-face event was a difficult decision,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany

Revenue collections were mildly ahead in May, still down overall for year

Revenue collections were mildly ahead of projections for the month of May.   Overall for the month, collections were $1 million ahead of the projections adopted by the legislature in February and the gain brought the year-to-date figure to a $4.37 million deficit.   “Overall what they (revenue figures) will show you is that we’re

Earn ALL points, CEUs by registering for ASBSD/COSA School Law Webinars

Get the best school law information from ASBSD and COSA legal experts by registering for one or more of our School Law Webinars.   The seven recorded webinars offer board members participating a chance to earn 20 ALL points for their board and administrators can earn 1 hour of continuing education units. The cost of

Policy Alert: Education & Compensation

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Review Committee recently

Four board members to take seats on ASBSD BOD in August

Four board members will take their seats on the ASBSD Board of Directors in August.   Three members will continue their tenures on the board – Duane Alm of Aberdeen, Pam Haukaas of Colome Consolidated and Anita Peterson of Haakon – while the Board of Directors will welcome new a member, Ellie Saxer of Brandon

Canvass your school board elections

With any school board elections postponed until this month, school boards and school district officials are reminded to complete a canvass of their election, should one have been held.   South Dakota Codified Law 13-7-18, Canvass of election results–Certificates of election–Certification of results, states: The pollbooks shall be opened and the election results shall be

Group to develop reopening guidance for SY 2020

Three representatives of ASBSD are part of a group of those associated with education developing guidance about reopening schools in the 2020-21 school year.   ASBSD President Denise Lutkemeier, Past President Tom Farrell and Executive Director Wade Pogany joined the group convened by the South Dakota Department of Education to put together a guidance document

Revenue collection shows effect of virus

South Dakota revenue collection has begun to show the impact of the Coronavirus.   April’s revenue collection came in $18 million less than what was adopted by the legislature earlier this year.   The S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management noted in it’s COVID-19’s Delayed Impact on South Dakota document that “a larger impact” was

More than 60 boards earned ALL awards, chances remain

A record number of school boards have earned an award in ASBSD’s board recognition program in 2019-20.   So far, in ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 65 school boards have reached the Gold, Silver or Bronze award levels.   ALL recognizes board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training available

School districts can be virtually trained in youth mental health first aid free of charge.   Through Project AWARE, the South Dakota Department of Education is offering a train-the-trainer course in youth mental health first aid at no cost to school districts.   Training topics include: How to identify, understand and respond to signs of

ASBSD Board meets remotely

Like many school boards across the state, the ASBSD Board of Directors met remotely in April.   April’s meeting marked the final one for two ASBSD Board of Directors – Yankton’s Kathy Greeneway and Rapid City’s Mike Roesler.   “Kathy and Mike have been such an inspiration,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “They’re just

2020’s Best and Brightest Cited for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2020 are being recognized for their academic achievements during their high school career.   Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the 30th Annual Academic Excellence Luncheon was cancelled.   However, Gov. Kristi Noem and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) set out to honor

2020 School Board Elections – new dates need to be set in June, SOS guidelines, poll worker needed

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, school board election dates will change and how to handle that change has been outlined by the Secretary of State’s office.   Download the UPDATED: 2020 School Election Calendar   Postponed Election Legislation   House Bill 1298, which provides for the postponement of certain elections, passed the House on

SOS office requesting Business Managers provide contact info to County Auditors

The Secretary of State’s office has requested school districts contact their county auditor immediately and provide the district’s contact information in order for the county auditor’s office to forward absentee ballot requests to the school district.   County auditors are processing many absentee ballot requests on which voters are requesting “all” absentee ballots they are

Options for Remote School Board Meetings

Below are three options SASD and ASBSD have compiled for school boards and districts to consider should they choose to hold your upcoming school board meetings remotely. We are not endorsing any of the services, but simply wanted to make you aware of what may be available to your school board and district.   We

2020 Academic Excellence Luncheon cancelled, students still to be recognized

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, ASBSD has cancelled the 2020 Academic Excellence Luncheon.   The annual luncheon, which is held in conjunction with Gov Kristi Noem’s office, honors the best and brightest of the graduating class.   “We’re disappointed to have to cancel the luncheon, but it is in the best interest of

Two percent increase in play, special session looms

Two percent is still currently in the cards for school districts for the 2020-21 school year, but the possibility of a special session looms.   At the end of the legislative session and prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the state, Gov. Kristi Noem and the legislature came together to support a two

Revenue figures could have direct effect on state aid increase

The Coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on the state’s economy that has yet to be seen.   School districts received the two percent increase required by law, which is three percent or inflation, whichever is less and inflation for Fiscal Year 2021 is at 2 percent. That increase is in flux as a special session looms

Schools closed for year, requirement waivers passed

Gov. Kristi Noem has decided school buildings will not reopen for the 2019-20 school year and the legislature passed two laws waiving certain requirements of school districts.   “It just doesn’t make sense to bring our kids back into our school buildings this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem said during a press conference last week.  

Special education set to receive increase in funding

Special education is set to receive an increase in aid for the 2020-21 school year.   House 1042, which sets the Special Education levy and disability level funding for FY 2021, passed the House on a 60-7 vote and the Senate on a 32-2 vote.   HB 1042 sets the maximum special education fund levy

Urging everyone to complete 2020 Census questionnaire

ASBSD is urging school leaders to both complete their 2020 Census information and recommend those within their district and communities do the same.   The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete and your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads and other

House Education sends new school system bill to 41st day

A smoke-out attempt didn’t save a bill creating a new school system in South Dakota, which had previously been defeated in committee.   Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, was defeated by the House Education committee on a 9-5 vote with a smoke-out attempt being unsuccessful on the House floor

Cap Outlay compromise bill passed, signed into law

In its final vote, a compromise bill on capital outlay provisions proved to have overwhelming support.   House members passed Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, on a 65-3 vote. Among the four votes it took between two committees and two chambers, the bill only had four “No” votes.

New provision for C/O fund purchases put in statute

It wasn’t unanimous, but a new provision for purchases with capital outlay reached the Governor’s desk.   House members voted 50-18 to pass Senate Bill 174, which permits capital outlay funding to be used to purchase or renew instructional software. Votes on the bill had previously been all “Yes.”   “Today’s modern classroom is so

Amended C/O certificate referendum bill bounced by Sen. comm.

Committee member downed an amended bill that would have set precedent in the bond elections of school districts.   On a 6-0 vote, Senate Education committee members defeated House Bill 1263, which requires school district bond elections to have 30 percent voter turnout to be valid.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “This is a

House, Gov. back bid limit increase bill

School boards will likely be working with an increased bid limit at the start of Fiscal Year 2021.   House members passed Senate Bill 135, which increases the bid limit for certain public improvements to $100,000, on a 58-8 vote after the House Local Government committee had passed the bill on a 12-0 vote.  

Change to MBC sees success in Sen., signed by Gov.

A change to the minor boundary change process proceeded through the Senate.   On unanimous votes, Senators and the Senate Education committee passed House Bill 1255, which removes the requirement for a mandatory appraisal in minor boundary changes.   “Two school boards can make the (minor boundary change) decision by resolution, take a vote and

Senate approves BOE appointments

The latest members of the state Board of Education standards were confirmed recently.   Phyllis Heineman’s and Julie Westra’s appointments to the South Dakota State Board of Education were approved unanimously by the Senate Education committee and on a 31-3 by the full Senate. In January, Gov. Kristi Noem appointed each individual to the state board.  

S.D. JAG program expansion entered into statute

A bill expanding the Jobs for America’s Graduates in the state reached the governor’s desk.   Following a unanimous vote by House Education committee members, Senate Bill 39, which creates Jobs for SD’s Graduates program and special donation fund, passed the House on a 60-7 vote and was signed by Gov. Kristi Noem. ASBSD was

Gov. Noem requests all schools closed until May 1

Gov. Kristi Noem has provided the following message:   Thank you to you and your staff for all you’ve done over the last two weeks to support students and families. In these unprecedented times you’ve made quick shifts in your delivery and opened access to your resources in heroic ways. I appreciate your willingness to

COVID-19 Q&A and other resources

It is the goal of everyone associated with education in South Dakota to provide as much information and resources to assist schools during this trying time.   The South Dakota Department of Education has assembled a document of commonly asked questions compiled into one resource for school districts to reference and will update it regularly

Statewide assessments not required this year

Statewide assessments will not be required for the 2019-20 school year.   The U.S. Department of Education has informally approved the South Dakota Department of Education’s waiver of statewide assessment requirements, accountability and school identification requirements for the school year.   Through this waiver, South Dakota will not need to administer its statewide assessments to

POSTPONED: School law and security lead topics for School Law Webinars

The School Law Webinar series is returning to connect you with the best minds in school law and security.   Join COSA and ASBSD as our school law experts cover seven key legal and security topics affecting school districts in an hour-long webinar, which will also feature time for you to get your questions about

School Board Meetings and the Coronavirus

The question has been asked about how school boards should deal with school board meetings in light of the coronavirus.  ASBSD recommends conducting all school board meetings by teleconference during the coronavirus crises.   State law allows school boards to conduct meetings by teleconference (SDCL 1-25-12(4) defines “teleconference” as information exchanged by any audio, video,

2020 School Board Election information and guidance

The Secretary of State’s office is continually providing information and guidance on how to handle upcoming school board elections and we have compiled the latest to provide to you.   In a recent statement, Secretary of State Steve Barnett said, “State law does not allow for the rescheduling of these dates or the extension of

Information for schools on the Coronavirus and preventing its spread

With the recent confirmation of Coronavirus reaching South Dakota, ASBSD, SASD, the state Department of Education and the state Department of Health is providing information and action steps to all school districts to combat and prevent the spread of the virus.   Download the S.D. Department of Health Information for Schools on the Coronavirus here.

SLRMA providing free COVID-19 checklist and best practices

To continue to assist school districts in managing operations during the Coronavirus outbreak, the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA), a partner of ASBSD, is providing a SLRMA COVID-19 Self-Audit Checklist & Best Practices free to the public for download.   You can download the checklist and best practices here: https://www.slrma.org/news/checklists/1250-covid-19-checklist.     SLRMA, a not-for-profit

CANCELLED: ASBSD Negotiations Workshops

Due to concerns about the recent Coronavirus as well as most events statewide being cancelled, ASBSD has decided to CANCEL the three Negotiations Workshops in Sioux Falls (3/18), Pierre (3/25) and Rapid City (3/26). We are discussing potential ways to provide this content to members in other settings and should something emerge, we will provide

Policy Alert: Finance Related Policies

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Review Committee updated

Policy Alert: Purchasing, Bidding and Bonds.

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Review Committee completed

Policy Alert: Multiple Sample Policies Amended

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Review Committee recently

Compromise on Capital Outlay fund changes awaits one more vote

A compromise on revisions to the different capital outlay provisions is getting closer.   Just one legislative hurdle remains for Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, after last week (2/25) Senators passed it on a 35-0 vote and on Monday (3/2) House Education committee members passed it 12-0. ASBSD

Bill dictating school board elections defeated

Local school boards will maintain their local control over their school board election dates and board member terms will stay as they are now after the defeat of a bill infringing on local control was defeated.   House Education committee members voted 9-5 to defeat House Bill 1177, which dictates the date of school board

New school system bill soars through Senate

There was no resistance on a bill creating a new school system in South Dakota as it crossed the Capitol hall.   Senators voted 35-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   Sen. Troy Heinert said the bill “let’s parents work with the district and provide an

Immunizaion requirement repeal rejected by comm.

A bill repealing immunization requirements in schools was soundly defeated.   On a 10-2 vote, House Health committee members rejected House Bill 1235, which removes all immunization requirements for students to enter school.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “Schools are a safe place for kids,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified. “Everyone in your

New provision for C/O fund purchases passed to House floor

It’s been nothing but unanimous votes in favor of a new provision for purchases with capital outlay.   The Senate Education committee, then the Senate floor and most recently the House Education committee unanimously supported Senate Bill 174, which permits capital outlay funding to be used to purchase or renew instructional software.   ASBSD supports

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

Earn ALL points by attending a 2020 Legislative Cracker Barrel

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Earn

School choice funding account bill tabled

After a weekend’s worth of thought, the legislators supporting the idea for state aid to be sent out of public school districts with students decided it wasn’t ready for passage.   “I think there’s just too many things we’re not going to get pulled in line this year,” Rep. Kalep Weis said of his legislation,

Senate does not concur with kindergarten eligibility date change

A bill changing the start date for kindergarten students failed to clear its last legislative hurdle.   Senators defeated House Bill 1174, which changes the kindergarten enrollment eligibility date, on an 11-24 vote. This came after the Senate Education committee passed the bill on a 5-2 vote. ASBSD was monitoring the bill.   Starting in

Reps repeal MBC appraisal requirement

Representatives removed a requirement related to minor boundary changes recently.   House Education committee members voted 14-0 and the full House voted 67-1 to pass House Bill 1255, which removes the requirement for a mandatory appraisal in minor boundary changes.   HB 1255 repeals “the requirement that an appraisal be completed as a condition of

Senate comm. scraps Sentinel reimbursement bill

A Senate committee defeated a bill reimbursing schools for training costs related to the Sentinel program.   On a 7-2 vote, Senate Appropriations committee members tabled House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training. ASBSD was monitoring the bill.   HB 1152 sought to provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D.

Student-counselor confidentiality protected with defeat of HB 1167

A bill that would have severely hindered the confidentiality students share with school counselors couldn’t get out of the House of Representatives.   On a 30-37 vote, Reps defeated House Bill 1167, which circumvents the confidentiality between student and counselor.   Rep. Chris Johnson, the bill’s prime sponsor, claimed South Dakota statute was in “direct conflict with FERPA,”

Inquiry and reports timeline adjustment bill bounced by House

An amended version of a bill adjusting the timelines schools have to provide information to parents was narrowly defeated in the House.   House Bill 1218, which amends the timeline for notification of reporting of student tests, assessments, evaluations, and observations, failed to find favor in the House after a 33-33 deadlock vote on whether

Capital outlay compromise bill clears committee

Compromise was reached in capital outlay legislation last week.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Education committee members passed a freshly amended version of Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds.   The latest version of SB 170 makes multiple changes to the Capital Outlay fund, including: Amends the

New school system bill sent to Senate floor

After three committee hearings, an amended version of a bill creating a new school system reached the Senate floor.   Senate Education committee members voted 7-0 in favor of Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools.   SB 66 would allow the proposed school to seek sponsorship with a school district,

Other revenue bill ousted from session

The last other revenue adjustment bill of session was ousted in committee.   On a 4-2 vote, Senate Taxation committee members defeated Senate Bill 168, which freezes the other revenue step-down process at 60 percent counted as local effort. Previously, Senate Bill 111 was passed by the committee, but defeated on the Senate floor.  

Decision delayed on bill creating school choice funding account

A decision on a bill sending state aid with students leaving public schools has been delayed.   House Education committee members did not finish the bill hearing on House Bill 1258, which provides for child safety accounts for students subject to certain safety incidents, and will continue their discussion on Monday, February 24.   Sen.

Inquiry and reports timeline adjustment bill advances

It took three votes for a bill adjusting the timelines schools have to provide information to parents to get out of committee.   After two votes – to defeat and then pass – deadlocked at 7-7, House Education committee members sent House Bill 1218, which requires responses and reporting regarding student, testing, evaluation and observation,

Bill circumventing counselor confidentiality continues on in session

The confidentiality students share with counselors is in danger as committee members passed a bill removing the right.   House Bill 1167, which circumvents the confidentiality between student and counselor, passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote. The bill would require a counselor to share any disclosure a student makes in a session

Bill reimbursing schools for Sentinel training to Senate

A bill reimbursing schools for training costs related to the Sentinel program crossed the Capitol hall.   House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training, passed the House of Representatives on a 45-25 vote last week.   HB 1152 would provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D. Department of Education – to school districts

Kindergarten enrollment eligibility bill on to Senate

A bill pushing back the enrollment eligibility date for kindergarten reached the halfway point in the legislature.   On a 62-7 vote, Representatives passed House Bill 1174, which changes the kindergarten enrollment eligibility date.   Starting in 2021, HB 1174 would move the cutoff date for kindergarten enrollment from September 1 to August 1 thus requiring

Open enrollment prohibition bill prohibited from advancing

The open enrollment process in school districts will remain the same next year after the defeat of a bill placing a specific prohibition on the option.   Representatives voted 17-52 to defeat House Bill 1173, which prohibits a school board from denying an application for open enrollment from certain students. ASBSD opposes the bill.  

State aid increase in play after revenue figures higher than December’s numbers

The chances of schools seeing an increase in state aid were buoyed by last week’s adopted revenue projections.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2021 $19 million higher than what was projected by Gov. Kristi Noem during her budget address in December, which did not include a proposed

Opt-out referral bill defeated on House floor

A proposal to remove the permanence of specific opt-outs found its way out of committee, but floundered when it reached the floor.   House Bill 1159, which allows for referral of opt-outs approved prior to 2002, passed the House Taxation committee on a 9-3 vote, but failed on the House floor on a vote of

Teacher certification bill bound for Gov’s desk

Former teachers looking to return to the profession may have a more fluid process to do so as a bill streamlining their route continued on in the legislative process.   On a 6-1 vote, Senate Education committee members passed House Bill 1032, which revises BOE authority related to certification rules, and that was followed by a

Wind energy exclusion bill exits session

Legislators had other plans for an other revenue equalization exclusion.   Senators defeated Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula, on a 12-22 vote on Tuesday (2/11).   SB 111 would have excluded wind energy from the current other revenue equalization process by going through an eight year

Kindergarten eligibility enrollment date adjustment advances

The latest kindergarten admissions related bill advanced out of committee.   House Bill 1174, which changes the kindergarten enrollment eligibility date, passed out of the House Education committee on a 13-1 vote on Wednesday (2/12).   HB 1174 would move the cutoff date for kindergarten enrollment from September 1 to August 1 thus requiring any

Kindergarten eligibility extension bill defeated

A bill that would have lowered the age for admission to kindergarten was denied on the House floor.   On a 16-47 vote, Representatives defeated House Bill 1157, which provided for kindergarten enrollment options. ASBSD was monitoring the bill, which had passed out of the House Education committee earlier in the week.   The bill would

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda: February, 2020

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 17. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Ramkota River Center, 12:00 p.m., Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Lutkemeier 1.1

Three Capital Outlay bills await hearings

Three bills are in the queue will decide what happens with the future of the Capital Outlay fund.   House Bill 1198, which repeals certain Capital Outlay provisions, Senate Bill 94, which revises provisions for the capital outlay fund, and Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, are all

FY20 revenue remains ahead, FY21 projections coming Thursday

A major day in deciding what school funding will look like for the next school year is coming up.   The Joint Appropriations committee will hear revenue projections on Wednesday, February 12 and adopt revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year the following day. Those figures will assuredly play a role in whether or not

2020 School Board Recognition Week set for Feb. 17-21

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicate their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “Join school districts across the state in thanking the men and women who served on their local public school board during School Board Recognition Week,”

Sentinel funding, kindergarten eligibility and OE prohibition bills pass

Three very different education related issues reached the House floor on Monday (2/10).   House Bill 1152, which provides financial assistance for school sentinel training, passed the House Education committee on 10-5 vote. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   HB 1152 would provide a $1,500 reimbursement – paid by the S.D. Department of Education –

Gust of support sends wind energy exclusion bill to Senate floor

A bill excluding one other revenue source from the current step-down equalization process proceeded in the legislature.   On a 5-2 vote, Senate Taxation members passed Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula.   Currently, six other revenue sources that can be collected by school districts –

Bid limit increase bill bound for House

A bid limit increase bill cleared its initial hurdles in the legislative process.   Senate Local Government committee members passed Senate Bill 135, which increases the bid limit for certain public improvements to $100,000, on a 4-3 vote and the full Senate passed the bill on a 22-13 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which

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

Two bills took different directions out of Sen. Ed.

Two bills took different directions on their way out of an education committee.   Senate Education committee members quickly passed House Bill 1031, which revises certain provisions regarding school district fiduciary funds, on a 7-0 vote on Thursday (2/6). The bill also passed the full Senate and just awaits the signature of Gov. Kristi Noem

Resolution supporting epilepsy awareness advances

A resolution supporting raising awareness of epilepsy crossed the hall in the Capitol.   On a 65-0 vote, Representatives approved House Concurrent Resolution 6007, which supports students and other persons afflicted by epilepsy and raising awareness of epilepsy in South Dakota.   An amendment brought on the Senate floor states: WHEREAS, the Epilepsy Foundation has

Bill amending recertification rules for teachers passed

A bill providing a more fluid process for former teachers to return to the profession reached the halfway point in the legislative process.   Representatives passed House Bill 1032, which revises BOE authority related to certification rules, on a 49-17 vote. ASBSD is monitoring the bill.   Rep. Bob Glanzer said the bill would allow

Decision delayed on new school system bill

Groups on either side of a bill setting up a separate school system that receives state dollars have two weeks to reach an agreement to present to education committee members.   Senate Education committeemen unanimously agreed to bring Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, back on Thursday, February 14 in

Senate passes S.D. JAG program expansion proposal

South Dakota’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program took another step towards becoming law.   On a unanimous vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 39, which creates Jobs for SD’s Graduates program and special donation fund. The bill previously passed Senate Education on a 7-0 vote.   The public-private partnership program would allow the program to collect

Capital Outlay FAQ available

The conversation on capital outlay is just beginning this legislative session.   Last Monday, the first bill related to adjusting the caps on capital outlay, Senate Bill 67, fell in Senate Taxation on a 6-1 vote, but later in the week two additional bills were introduced in House Bill 1198, which repeals certain Capital Outlay

One more FREE LAN Update webinars remain

ASBSD plans to hold a final free ASBSD LAN Update webinars beginning at 7 p.m. (Central) for LAN members to discuss their role as a LAN member, advocating strategies and provide updates from the 2020 legislative session. The webinars are scheduled for:   Only business managers can register multiple people from their district for an

Former Senator, school board member appointed to state board

Two new individuals await confirmation to join the state education board.   Gov. Kristi Noem appointed Phyllis Heineman and Julie Westra to the South Dakota State Board of Education. Heineman and Westra await final confirmation from the Senate Education committee and full Senate.   Heineman served 16-years in the legislature, most recently in the Senate,

Latest SLRMA resource covers FLSA regulations

Is Your School District Ready for the 2020 Fair Labor Standards Regulations?   ASBSD’s partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) provides FREE access to the latest resource on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   FLSA directs the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to promulgate regulations to implement the intentions of the FLSA. In September of 2018,

First capital outlay bill falls, but conversation started on issue

The conversation surrounding solutions for capital outlay got started on Monday (1/27).   Senate Taxation members may have defeated Senate Bill 67, which amends the Capital Outlay levy for sparse school districts, on a 6-1 vote, but they heard from individuals representing schools that a solution was needed and another bill forthcoming. ASBSD was monitoring

2020 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2020 election cycle for the ASBSD Board of Directors is about to begin and seats in the following regions and enrollment categories will be up for election: Central region with enrollment 265 & Under Agar-Blunt-Onida, Bowdle, Colome Consolidated, Edmunds Central, Eureka, Gettysburg, Herried, Highmore-Harrold, Hoven, Jones County, McIntosh, Selby Area, Smee and South Central Northeast

Submit your superintendent for one of five awards

The South Dakota Superintendent’s Association has revamped their awards’ structure to include five awards for 2020.   The five awards include: The Outstanding School Superintendent Award The Distinguished Service Award The Innovator Award The Rookie of the Year Award The Community Leader of the Year Award The awards application can be downloaded here and must

Nebelsick shares state of public schools with committee

At their first committee meeting of the session, one group of legislators focused on education got synopsis of the challenges facing South Dakota’s public school districts.   Huron Superintendent Terry Nebelsick shared the “state of our public schools” with members of the House Education committee last week (1/22), touching on students, test scores and teachers

Bill strengthening JAG program in S.D. passed by comm.

A bill aimed at increasing participation in the Jobs for America’s Graduates program across the state made its way out of committee last week (1-23).   On a 7-0 vote, the Senate Education committee passed Senate Bill 39, which creates Jobs for SD’s Graduates program and special donation fund.   The public-private partnership program would

Two bills advance from House Education

Two bills started the legislative process by proceeding forward.   House Bill 1031, which revises certain provisions regarding school district fiduciary funds, passed the House Education committee and the full House on unanimous votes, recently.   S.D. DOE Finance Management Director Cody Stoeser called it a “clean up bill to align some language with governmental

School registration open for South Dakota Week of Work

Schools are now able to register their participating 10th grade students in the South Dakota Week of Work matching system.   The first-ever South Dakota Week of Work is slated for April 20-24, 2020 and the initiative is a partnership with businesses and schools that will give 10th grade students the opportunity to get out of the classroom,

Meet the 2020 House Education committee

Every member of the House Education committee will return to their post.   The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2020 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her second year.   Let’s get to know the

Meet the 2020 Senate Education committee

There’s a single change to the Senate Education committee for the 2020 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Sen. Alan Solano resigned from the legislature last fall.   Let’s meet the committee members:  

Gov. Noem notes rise in revenue, possibility for state aid increase

South Dakota’s revenue figures from the holiday season brought with them some cheer and a note from Gov. Kristi Noem during her State of the State Address that any extra money should be prioritized for K-12 education.   “Since my budget address, revenues have been slightly better than expected,” Gov. Noem said during her address

Legislative resources for the 2020 session

The 2020 legislative session began today (1/14) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 95th legislative session, they include: ASBSD Billtracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Billtracker provides you with a list

2020’s most important legislative days

The 2020 legislative session began today (1/14) and the 95th legislative session features many important days during which many pieces of K-12 related legislation will be debated and voted on.   This year’s session contains 37 legislative days and kicked off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s State of the State address this afternoon (1/14).   Friday,

Protective Trust has new online home

The Associated School Boards Protective Trust (ASBPT) has a new home online.   ASBPT has moved all its online information to http://asbsd.org/index.php/protective-trust/ and you can access the page by visiting www.asbsd.org and clicking the “ASBPT” link at the top of the page:     OR through the “Read More” link found under the “Protective Trust”

2019-20 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

Two webinar workshops – with two different times available – remain on the schedule to assist election officers in conducting elections for the 2019-20 school year.   The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass –

Revenue projections may have major implications for K-12

The most recent revenue figures for South Dakota tell two different stories.   November’s revenue numbers are either very good or very bad, depending on the projections used. Based on revenue projections adopted by the legislature during the 2019 legislative session, the revenue figures for November came in $8.7 million higher than projected, but utilizing

ALL award earning boards adding up in 2019-20

Nearly halfway through this recent ALL year, 54 school boards have earned an award in ASBSD’s board recognition program.   In the fourth year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, the 52 school boards having already earned a Gold, Silver or Bronze award equals the total number of boards that

ASBSD-DEC conducting four superintendent searches

The superintendent search partnership between ASBSD and Dakota Education Consulting is off and running already with four active searches.   Superintendent searches are underway for the Chamberlain, Ethan and Hot Springs School Districts and for the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.   Chamberlain’s application deadline is Thursday, January 30, 2020 and

BIT providing free cybersecurity assessment for schools

South Dakota school districts cannot ignore their risk of facing a cybersecurity breach.   To avoid a breach, South Dakota’s Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) and the Department of Education are partnering to expand the DDN services to include Cybersecurity Risk Assessments with a goal to ensure a school employs the technology, policies and

DOH provides summary of resources and technical assistance on vaping

State health officials have a developed a comprehensive guide for school districts in search of support for dealing with student vaping.   The South Dakota Department of Health has compiled a summary of resources and technical assistance for schools on the topic of vaping. The summary also provides a link to Regional Tobacco Prevention Coordinators

No inflationary increase in state aid proposed, enrollment bump and special education rebase included

Shrinking revenue collections are scaling back spending in the state budget resulting in schools not receiving an increase in state aid for next school year.   “Money is tight this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem told legislators during her Fiscal Year 2021 budget address. “I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases.”   Gov. Noem

Policy Alert: Student Related Policies

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman  

Online sales tax collection continues to be cloudy

Discussion revolving around online sales tax revenue returned to the legislature recently.   Legislative Research Council representatives Wenzel Cummings and Jeff Mehlhaff appeared before the Legislature’s Executive Board recently (12/3), just a few weeks after (11/19)  sharing information on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales with the committee.   At the November meeting, the Executive Board voted

ASBSD President appointed to national committee

ASBSD President Denise Lutkemeier was appointed to a national committee recently.   Lutkemeier was appointed to the National School Board Association’s Policies and Resolutions Committee by NSBA President ElizaBeth Branham.   “I am deeply honored by President Branham’s appointment to NSBA’s Policy and Resolutions Committee,” Lutkemeier said.   “It is an exciting opportunity to sit

Special Education comm. completes interim report

Recommendations have emerged from the legislative committee charged with studying special education.   Last month, the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee concluded their in-depth look at special education without formal recommendations being acted upon or presented to the Legislature’s Executive Board members at their November meeting.   Recently, however, the final interim committee report to the Executive

SLRMA seeking input from members

ASBSD’s school risk management partner is seeking feedback from members.   School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA), which provides FREE access to risk management resources and many other valuable checklists to ASBSD members, wants to hear from their members on the service provided to them.   Click here to take the 2019 SLRMA Member Survey   The survey

Policy Alert: School Board Meetings

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman  

Delegates vote on legislative positions of ASBSD

Lively discussion at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly helped lay out the legislative direction for the Association for the upcoming legislative session.   More than 70 school board members were in attendance at Delegate Assembly to vote on 36 resolutions and 12 standing positions, as well as set the Advocacy Priorities for ASBSD.   “Your attendance today

ASBSD Board supports priorities, approves update enrollment categories

ASBSD Board of Directors proposed legislative priorities and set updated enrollment categories for the Association at their latest meeting.   Meeting prior to ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly, the Board of Directors agreed to present the following legislative priorities to the Delegates: C1: School Funding C4: Capital Outlay Adjustments B9: Behavioral and Mental Health Resources Those priorities

Online sales tax collection on the rise, solutions sought in statute

Online sales tax revenue was on the agenda for legislature’s lead committee this week.   Members of the Legislature’s Executive Board received a report on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales, which in state statute is the reduction of the sales tax by one-tenth of percent for every $20 million raised by Internet sales, also

Special Education comm. concludes study without recommendations

The legislative committee charged with studying special education completed their study but had not introduced any formal recommendations as of Monday (11/18).   The Special Education Interim Legislative Committee met last week (11/13) for the third and final time of the legislative interim. The committee was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s

Ag Land Task Force approves proposed legislation

No major proposed property tax legislation emanated out of the legislature’s ag committee.   The Ag Land Assessment Task Force met recently (11/15) and approved two pieces of legislation to be introduced during the 2020 Legislative Session: House Bill Draft 248: To authorize the Secretary of the Department of Revenue to contract with certain entities

ASBSD providing free resource in due process and students suspension

Looking for assistance when dealing with student suspension?   ASBSD’s partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) provides FREE access to this resource and many other valuable checklists to our members.   SLRMA has provided school leaders the Due Process Requirements for Out-of-School Suspension Self-Audit Checklist and Best Practices. Take a moment to download this checklist here

What Quorum users are saying about the service

ASBSD’s paperless board meeting option has subscribers sounding off about the service.   Wagner Community School District was the first Quorum subscriber, which launched in August when ASBSD and Sparq Data solutions partnered up, and Business Manager Lory DuFrain called the transition to the program “seamless.”   “The Wagner Community School District administrative team and school board

South Dakota Receives Federal School Security Grants

South Dakota has received three grants totaling almost $2 million designed to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence at their schools.   Governor Kristi Noem recently announced the S.D. Department of Public Safety (DPS) received three grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence, which is part of

Best practices resource on school safety available to ASBSD members

ASBSD members can review a new resource on best practices on safety and security in schools.   Aside from installing expensive electronic security systems and transforming school buildings into fortresses, does your school district have a sound and updated plan to prevent, prepare for, and respond to violent acts and other threats to the safety

Appoint your district’s delegate for the 2019 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2020 legislative session.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for

Updates made to ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

At their August meeting, members of the ASBSD Board of Directors approved changes to the Association’s legislative resolutions and standing positions recommended by the ASBSD Policy and Resolutions Committee.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly will be

Opportunity to submit a resolution for the 2019 Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   Download the resolutions and standing positions here.   As member districts, you have the opportunity to vote on the resolutions and standing positions each year at Delegate Assembly. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 15.     Before Delegate Assembly, your district also has the opportunity

Opioid antagonist administration training video available

The opioid antagonist administration training video is now available.   The South Dakota Department of Health recently completed the Naloxone in High Schools Project, but if you were unable to attend, you can still complete the training by watching the webinar video.   Click here to review the Naloxone in High Schools training video. (Please note:

Policy Alert: Child Abuse Reporting and Bullying policies

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     With ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany serving on the

New initiative aimed at getting students work experience

A new initiative was introduced recently aimed at getting high school students real-life workplace experience.   Governor Kristi Noem announced in a recent weekly column the first-ever South Dakota Week of Work is slated for April 20-24, 2020.   The initiative is a partnership with businesses and schools that will give 10th grade students the

ASBSD and DEC partnering on supe search service

ASBSD and Dakota Education Consulting are teaming up to offer school boards the best option in superintendent search services.   Since 2011, Tom Oster has operated DEC and successfully conducted many superintendent searches for districts all across South Dakota while ASBSD has provided a similar service to many school boards over the years.   The

Youth Mental Health First Aid training available

Two state agencies are collaborating to provide FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid training.   S.D. Department of Education and the Department of Social Services–Division of Behavioral Health, through the Project AWARE grant, are offering an eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid training program at no cost to adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers,

ASBSD introduces NEW paperless meeting service

A new partnership is powering a new paperless board meeting option for ASBSD members.   ASBSD and Sparq Data solutions have launched a paperless board meeting service for Association members known as:     “We wanted to offer our members the best available option in paperless board meeting services and our partnership with Sparq Data

Policy Alert: 2019 Policies and Annual Notices Required by Federal Law

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services

Holbeck to handle board training role with ASBSD

Former Superintendent Jim Holbeck has joined the staff at ASBSD.   Holbeck, who most recently served as Superintendent in the Harrisburg School District and has decades of experience in public, K-12 education, has been named the ASBSD Board Development Director and Board Member Services Director. He succeeds Dr. Randy Royer who retired in August.  

Opioid antagonist administration training webinar set for September

Those high school administrators interested in completing training for opioid antagonist administration will have another opportunity in September.   The South Dakota Department of Health will host a FREE webinar covering the Naloxone in High Schools Project, which is the opioid antagonist administration project initiated by the passage of Senate Bill 84 during this year’s

Special Education Interim Comm. continues study

Committee members convened recently to continue their study of special education in South Dakota.   The 14-member legislative interim study committee, which was created through this year’s passage of Senate Bill 3, spent time discussing the challenges at hand and possible solutions.   “What started out addressing one thing has opened up many other things,” Rep. Nancy Rasmussen,

Boards earning ALL awards, more opportunities for points still

Through the first two months of available activities and training events, more than 30 school boards have earned a board recognition award.   This year (2019-20) marks the fourth for ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, and recognizes board members’ dedicated participation in a variety areas, with points earned by participating

Download the 2019-20 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

September is Attendance Awareness Month

September marks Attendance Awareness Month.   “It’s back-to-school season, which is an exciting time,” South Dakota Secretary of Education Ben Jones said in a press release. “The research tells us that half the students who miss two to four days of school in September will end up missing almost a month of school over the

Labor department offers training to enhance students’ workplace skills.

Districts can now be trained to enhance students’ workplace skills free of charge via a developing state department program.   The S.D. Department of Labor and Regulation is developing a student version of their Bring Your “A” Game to Work training, which offers an engaging curriculum designed to foster foundational workplace skills and work ethic.

Farrell passes gavel to Lutkemeier

ASBSD has a new President of the Board of Directors after the gavel was passed at the August meeting.   Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell completed his year-long term as ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier.   “This has been a wonderful experience and wonderful opportunity,”

Snedeker elected as Second V.P. of ASBSD

Woonsocket School Board Vice Chair Lisa Snedeker was elected as the Second Vice President of ASBSD by her fellow Board of Director members.   ASBSD’s Second Vice President serves an integral role on the Association’s Executive Committee, which comprises the leadership team of the 18-member Board of Directors.   Snedeker currently serves as the representative

ASBSD Board holds first meeting of 2019-20

ASBSD Board members started the year with a meeting prior to this year’s ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The Association’s Board of Directors welcomed a new member, as White River School Board Member Louann Krogman was appointed as an At-Large representative for ASBSD’s Central Region.   The 2019-20 school year marks Krogman’s fifth year on the White

ASBSD honors Gov. Daugaard, board members and community members

ASBSD honored former Gov. Dennis Daugaard, school board members and individuals from communities at the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Former South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard received the School Bell Award, which honors individuals or organizations who have served South Dakota public education in an exemplary fashion.   Former Gov. Daugaard lead the effort to provide $67

Latest risk management newsletter available now

The latest risk management newsletter from an ASBSD service partner is available.   ASBSD’s partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) provides our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection and this quarter’s newsletter focuses on hazing in K-12 schools.   Hazing in K-12

Second straight year more than 50 boards earn ALL Award

For the second consecutive year more than one-third of public school boards earned statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   In the third year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 52 school boards earned a Gold, Silver

Two positions on PT Board available

The ASBSD Protective Trust board is seeking candidates for two open positions.   The eight-member PT board has an opening for a school board member whose district is a member of the health fund and for a school board member whose district is a member of the workers’ compensation fund.     Each position will

Submit your district’s info for the 2019-20 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver

Policy Alert: Opioid Antagonist Administration

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services

Policy Alert: National Motto posting

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services

Still time to register for the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

There’s still time to register for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators.   “Don’t miss this opportunity to become more informed and equipped to be a leader in your community,” Woonsocket School Board Member Lisa Snedeker said. “The ASBSD and SASD Annual Convention is the best place in South Dakota to

Upcoming ASBSD workshops addressing board roles

Help yourself better understand your role as a school board member or as a school board president or both at any of the upcoming ASBSD workshops.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randall Royer will host Board Member Roles and Responsibilities Workshops AND School Board President Workshops at multiple locations across South Dakota in July

Policy Alert: Delinquent Student Fees, Fines and Charges

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services

Policy Alert: Elections, Background Checks and other sample policies amended

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services

Appropriators hear FY19 and 20 revenue reports

South Dakota finished Fiscal Year 2019 with a $19 million budget surplus, but some aspects of revenue collection underwhelmed, which could become a trend in Fiscal Year 2020.   Much of the $19 million surplus was a result of budget reversions from state departments with more than $17 million in reversions. Revenue collection came in

ASBSD seeking candidates for Leadership Development Director

ASBSD is seeking a highly qualified individual to lead the Association’s efforts in providing quality school board training and promote member services.   Our Leadership Development Director must be able to: Engage effectively with school board members and have the credibility and experience to train boards in effective boardsmanship; Understand the services ASBSD provides and

Aberdeen saves 40 Hours a year in meeting time with SafeSchools

The Aberdeen School District adopted the SafeSchools Online Training System in 2014 and has found one of the many benefits of the system is the staff meeting time that’s been trimmed each year.   Assistant Superintendent Camille Kaul estimates that SafeSchools Training has saved Aberdeen 40 hours a year in meeting time!   “SafeSchools Training

Royer announces retirement

After six years and hundreds of board members trained, ASBSD Leadership Development Director Randy Royer will retire at summer’s end.   “I’ve totally enjoyed my time with ASBSD and working with school board members and school administration during the last six years,” Royer said.   “I am so glad there are so many focused-on student

Special Education committee holds first meeting

For more than six hours a group of legislators, those in education and community members heard five presentations about special education topics in their first meeting studying the broader subject.   The 14-member legislative interim study committee, which was created through this year’s passage of Senate Bill 3, is charged to review: To examine the diagnostic tools

2019 ASBSD guide for school board members

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The latest edition of the guide walks interested individuals through the steps of becoming a

Amended financial interest statement filing requirement

During the 2019 legislative session, legislators passed Senate Bill 90, which revised financial interest statement submission requirements for elected officials, and Gov. Kristie Noem signed the bill, which will bill be enacted on July 1.   The new law (3-1A-4) amends the financial interest statute affecting school board members of a school district with a

School Board Election Information posting requirement

During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and former Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 66, which requires schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.   The law was enacted on July 1, 2018 and school districts MUST post the required information within 60 days of the official canvas that follows the annual school

2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule set

The schedule is set for the premier learning event for school board members and administrators!   The 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and feature nearly 40 informative breakout sessions covering school finance, school board governance, student achievement, important legal topics in K-12 education and

New deal, great keynotes at 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.   More than 500 school board members and administrators will attend Convention, which will be headlined by keynote speeches from legendary Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coach Tom Osborne and the

Two At-Large spots open on ASBSD Board of Directors

The ASBSD Board of Directors is seeking two At-Large representatives to sit on the board.   Currently, there are two At-Large seats available to represent the Central Region’s 1,400-9,999 enrollment category and the Western Region’s 700-1,399 enrollment category.   Click here to learn more about the Role of the ASBSD Board.   School board members

Training addresses emergency planning

Schools will have the opportunity to participate in training related to emergency planning in June.   South Dakota’s Office of Emergency Management will host Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Mitchell.   The course provides participants with the knowledge, skills and tools needed

Policy Alert: Community Use of School Facilities

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services  

Policy Alert: Prohibition Against Aiding or Abetting Sexual Abuse

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).   By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services  

ASBSD Board of Directors meet, tour Ellsworth Air Force Base

Members of the ASBSD Board of Directors convened in Western South Dakota in April.   Board members toured Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder prior to the meeting.     “It was an honor to have the opportunity to tour Ellsworth Air Force Base,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “The Board Members soaked

Legislative Interim committee studying Special Education appointed

The group charged to take on the in-depth legislative study of special education in South Dakota has been appointed.   Fourteen members – five legislators and nine other individuals – will serve on the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee, which was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s legislative session.  

Nominate those enhancing public education for an ASBSD award

It’s time to honor those who give their time and effort to enhance education in their district.   We’re encouraging your district to submit candidates for ASBSD’s School Board Award of Excellence, Outstanding School Board Member of the Year, Community Service Award and Longevity Award.   “We want to recognize the school boards and individuals who

2019’s Best and Brightest Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2019 were honored for their academic achievements at the 29th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday (4/29).     In conjunction with Gov. Kristi Noem, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent

ASBSD/COSA School Law Webinar recordings available

The best minds in school law in South Dakota brought their vast knowledge and information to you in a series of eight School Law Webinars.   Administrators can earn 1 CEU hour and Board members attending can earn 20 ALL points for their board!   The school law experts from COSA and ASBSD covered eight,

Tribal Regalia at Graduation Ceremonies

As your district’s 2019 graduation date approaches, ASBSD wants to remind schools that any student choosing to wear an eagle plume or eagle feather during the graduation ceremony must be allowed to do so.   In 2018, the legislature passed House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal

Schools receive 2.5 percent increase as Gov. signs budget, levy bills

With the governor’s signature on the final few bills left in legislative session, South Dakota schools are officially set to receive a 2.5 percent increase in state aid for the 2019-20 school year.   On Wednesday (3/27), Gov. Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill 191, which appropriates funds for the FY2020 general fund budget, and Senate

Legislature leaves session divided on Partridge Amendment plan

The two legislative chambers left the 2019 session still divided on how to adjust the state sales tax rate.   House and Senate members agreed to wait until next year to deal with the Partridge Amendment after a legislative conference committee could not come to an agreement on House Bill 1265, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits

Submit your Breakout Session proposal for the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention

The premier learning event for South Dakota school board members and administrators is seeking people to share their expertise and knowledge with the large contingent of school leaders who will attend the 2019 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   The ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on Thursday and Friday, August 8-9.   Download

Accountability board meets to review waiver processes

The group charged with reviewing and acting upon accountability waivers met for the first time in 2019.   School Finance Accountability Board (SFAB) members convened on Monday (3/25) to review timelines for accountability waiver and update the teacher compensation accountability request for waiver form.   Established in 2016 as part of the funding formula overall,

50 school boards have already earned an ALL Award

One-third of South Dakota school boards have earned an ALL Award in 2018-19 and many more are easily within reach of joining them.   Fifty school boards have earned a Gold Level award (500 points), Silver level plaque (350 points) or Bronze level honor (250 points) through ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL.   “With three months to go we’ve nearly

K-12 levy bills leaning towards finish line

The homestretch is here for the K-12 education levy bills.   Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, passed the House Appropriations committee on a 6-1 vote and the full House on a 60-2 vote.   “School boards need your help,” ASBSD

Partridge Amendment adjustment at legislative crossroad

What a difference a few weeks has made in the conversation about adjusting the state sales tax rate.   House Bill 1265 and Senate Bill 86 each passed their respective chambers as their plans to adjust the Partridge Amendment, however, upon reaching the other sides of the Capitol, the State Affairs committees of each chamber

Civics test bill sees its end in session

The civics test saw its end in South Dakota’s citizen legislature.   On a vote of 13-21, Senators defeated a once again amended House Bill 1066, which requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school.   A bill that had been wrung through the amendment ringer multiple times ultimately failed to find

Civics survey bill sent away by Reps

Civics education will remain status quo for the upcoming school year.   House members voted 30-33 against Senate Bill 52, which required schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, after House Education committee members voted 10-3 in favor of the previously hoghoused bill.   ASBSD opposed the bill,

Gov. to review special education study bill

The proposed in-depth study on special education is on its way to the governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Interim Study to study special education in South Dakota, was amended and passed by the House Education committee on an 11-3 vote and by the House on a 48-16 vote, before being

2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars scheduled this month

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to assist school board members and administrators when negotiating the 2019-2020 contract with teachers (and, support staff, if support staff has a recognized bargaining unit).   The 2019 Collective Bargaining Seminars schedule includes:   The seminars will include a short overview of the law with a

Submit your district’s student for the 2019 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2019 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet. ASBSD sent a letter to schools in February requesting they submit their school’s student(s).   Gov. Kristi Noem and ASBSD, in

Motto posting bill makes way to Gov. with hold harmless clause included

Local control may have lost out on the motto posting bill, but legislators agreed to protect the schools for following the mandate.   House members amended and passed Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in

ECO Board bill bound for Gov.

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute is headed to the governor.   After unanimous votes by the House Education and full House, Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership, headed to Gov. Kristi Noem for

Bill amending open meeting requirements bound for Gov.

Committee members concurred in providing flexibility in open meeting requirements.   On an 8-0 vote, House State Affairs passed Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, and placed it on consent on the Senate floor agenda, all but ensuring it will reach Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public

Bill adjusting special education rebasing period passed

A bill rebasing special education funding flew through the final steps in the legislative process.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years, passed Senate Education on a 7-0 vote and the full Senate on a 33-0 vote.   ASBSD supports

Committee resets civics test bill

Committee members returned the civics test bill back to its original form recently.   Senate Education committee members amended House Bill 1066, requires students to take a civics test before graduating from high school, back to the bill’s original form and passed it on a 5-2 vote.   When it initially reached the committee, HB 1066

2019 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

Local control aspect removed in motto posting bill

Local control lost out in a legislative committee.   On a 10-2 vote, House State Affairs committee members approved an amended version of Senate Bill 55, which requires public schools to display the national motto of the United States – “In God We Trust” – in a prominent location in their buildings with, at minimum,

Senate sends K-12 levy bills to House

The K-12 education levy bills advanced in the legislature.   Senators passed Senate Bill 179, which revises the property tax levies for the general fund of school districts and for state aid, on a 33-1 vote, and Senate Bill 182, which revises the special education property tax levy for school districts and the special education

House’s version of Partridge Amendment adjustment passed

It took two votes, but a second bill aiming to lower the state’s sales tax rate, albeit in a different manner, made its way across the Capitol hall.   Representatives passed House Bill 1265, which provides a mechanism to lower the sales tax rate if revenue collection provisions are reached, on a 38-30 vote, not

Senate supports hoghoused civics survey bill

A hoghoused bill is set to survey schools for civics information.   Senate Bill 52, which requires schools to provide information for a survey of the adequacy of S.D. civics education, was hoghoused on the Senate floor and passed 30-0.   Sen. Jim Bolin, the bill’s prime sponsor, moved the hoghouse amendment on Senate Bill

Two-year averaging turned away by Approps

Two-year averaging was turned away by a legislative committee.   On an 8-1 vote, House Appropriations committee members defeated House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid. The bill had been previously passed by the House Education committee, but was referred to Appropriations on the House floor.  

Scientific info instruction bill sent away in House

A bill permitting untethered instruction was reined in by the legislature.   House members defeated House Bill 1270, which protects teaching of certain scientific information, on a 21-46 vote. The bill had previously been passed by the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   ASBSD Director of Policy and

Lowering compulsory age avoided by Reps

A bill lowering the required age for a student to stay in school did not stay in favor in the legislature.   On a 27-40 vote, Representatives defeated House Bill 1232, which lowers the compulsory age for school attendance to 16. The bill had previously passed the House Education committee on an 8-6 vote.  

Reps resist participation policy bill

An activities association policy pertaining to policy will remain in place.   Members of the House of Representatives ended in a stalemate of 34-34 on House Bill 1225, which requires student gender be determined by what is stated on the student’s birth certificate, resulting in the defeat of the bill.   “This is all about

Gender dysphoria instruction bill dumped by comm.

The conversation on gender dysphoria instruction is done, for now.   Senate State Affairs voted 7-2 to defeat House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   Rep. Tom Pischke, the bill’s prime sponsor, called HB 1108 “a simple bill” that “ensures our South Dakota public schools are not teaching, instructing or

Changes to capital outlay will wait another year

Changes to capital outlay will have to wait another year.   House Taxation committee members voted against House Bill 1141, which increases the cap on the Capital Outlay fund to $3,800, on a 10-2 vote.   The vote against HB 1141 came just days after Representatives defeated House Bill 1139, which repeals the $2,800 cap

Cap Outlay cap repeal bill bounced

The caps on capital outlay appear as though they’ll remain in place for another year.   House members voted 33-35 on House Bill 1139, which repeals the $2,800 cap on the Capital Outlay fund and permits a school district to levy up to $3 per $1,000 of valuation, annually, on Tuesday (2-19), and a vote

Appropriators adopt revenue projections

Revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year’s budget were higher than expected, but the figures adopted were only slightly more than what was proposed.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee approved revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget totaling $1.701 billion, which is an increase above what was proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem

Gender dysphoria instruction bill inches on

An assumed preemptive piece of legislation prevailed in the House.   On a 39-30 vote, House members passed House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   “The legislative intent of this bill is to ensure that our South Dakota public schools are not teaching and confusing our young children,” Rep. Tom

Citizenship test requirement for public and private school students reaches Senate

Representatives guided a bill requiring only public and private school students pass a citizenship test to graduate across the Capitol hall.   On a 38-31 vote, House members passed House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school.   Rep. Caleb Finck previously moved

Partridge Amendment adjustment bill bound for House

A mechanism clearing up confusion in statute related sales tax and remote sellers revenue reached the House recently.   Senators passed Senate Bill 86, which adjusts the Partridge Amendment and permits review of remote seller tax revenue before lowering sales tax, on a 28-6 vote. Senate Taxation passed the bill out of committee previously on

Opioid antagonist access bill passed by House comm.

One final legislative hurdle remains for a bill allowing schools access to opioid antagonists.   House Health and Human Services committee members passed Senate Bill 84, which permits a school district to possess and, if needed, administer opioid antagonists, on a 12-0 vote.   SB 84 permits a school board to acquire opioid antagonists, as it

Graduation test requirement bill stalls in House

Decision on a bill implementing the imposition of passing a citizenship exam in order for students only enrolled in public and private schools to graduate was deferred to another day.   House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, was debated before the

Public and private school students included in civics test requirement

Ten days after its initial hearing, a bill backing a required civics test for most students passed committee.   On an 11-3 vote, an amended version of House Bill 1066, which requires public and private school students to pass a citizenship test before graduating from high school, passed the House Education committee.   The initial

Senate sends open meeting amendment bill to House

Flexibility in open meeting requirements found favor in the Senate.   Senate Bill 91, which revises open meeting requirements, passed the Senate State Affairs committee on a 9-0 vote and the full Senate on a 30-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill, which amends the public comment period at meetings by putting the period with

Gender dysphoria instruction bill on way to House floor

Lengthy debate led to a narrow vote on a bill dictating instruction in schools.   House Education committee members voted 9-6 to pass House Bill 1108, which prohibits gender dysphoria instruction in public schools.   HB 1108 was amended to reference gender dysphoria, which involves a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the

House Ed. passes two-year averaging proposal

A proposal calling for the return of two-year averaging passed committee.   On an 8-5 vote, House Bill 1127, which includes two-year averaging in the fall enrollment calculation for state aid, passed the House Education committee.   Two-year averaging was removed from the fall enrollment count in 2016 as part of the Blue Ribbon Task

2019 School Board Recognition Week set for February 18-22

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD

Motto bill backed by Senate

Permitting public schools the option to decide if they wish to post the national motto in their buildings passed the halfway point of the legislative process.   Senators passed Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, on a 27-7 vote.   Sen.

Advocate at the Capitol at the 2019 ASBSD Legislative Day

ASBSD invites school board members and administrators from member districts to our 2019 Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 19.   ASBSD Legislative Day is a day of advocacy and action in support of public education and school board members will be honored for their service to public education as part of South Dakota School Board Recognition Week.  

2019 ASBSD Board of Director’s elections

The 2019 election cycle for the ASBSD Board of Directors is about to begin and seats in the following regions and enrollment categories will be up for election: Central region with enrollment 700-1,399 Chamberlain, Eagle Butte and Winner Central region with enrollment 1,400-9,999 Pierre and Todd County Northeast region with enrollment 265 and Under Arlington, Big

Military family residency requirement bill reaches Gov’s desk

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families only awaits the governor’s signature before becoming law.   House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer, passed the Senate Military and Veteran Affairs committee on a 5-0 vote and

Homeland Security grants available

Security grants for school districts are available.   The S.D. Department of Education is accepting applications for Homeland Security grant funding until Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. (CST).     Funding will be awarded for one-time projects that have a connection to a Homeland Security mission and school related projects could include, access control

Education comm. amends, passes motto bill

After some debate, a bill permitting the posting of the national motto in schools passed committee.   Senate Bill 55, which allows public schools to display the national motto of the United States in their school buildings, was amended and passed by the Senate Education committee.   Initially, SB 55 required school districts to post

Exec. session bill bound for Gov’s desk

Safety plan discussion in executive session is a step away from law after Tuesday’s legislative action.   Senators passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session, on a 32-0 vote. The unanimous vote marked the fourth time the bill didn’t receive one “nay.”  

Senate comm. sends safety plan discussion through

One step remains in the legislative process for a bill aiming to expand the executive session topics list to include school safety plans.   On an 8-0 vote, Senate State Affairs committee members passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session.  

One more LAN Training Webinar scheduled

Advocating on behalf of our public school system is an important job and ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network (LAN) steps up to take on that task.   With the 2019 legislative session having begun, we need LAN members to be read to communicate to legislators the positions of ASBSD and their local board on legislative issues relating to public

House halts civics literacy program bill

After getting through committee, the bill promoting the civics literacy program came to halt on the chamber floor.   House members defeated House Bill 1051, which establishes the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program, on a 32-38 vote.   HB 1051 called for the creation of a program school districts could have participated commemorating

Committee tables alternative instruction assessment bill

After debate, discussion and a day’s break to think on it, a bill altering assessment requirements for certain students stopped its legislative run.   House Education committee members tabled House Bill 1065, which removed the assessment requirement for students receiving alternative instruction, on a 13-2 vote.   The action came after the committee deferred additional

Military family residency requirement bill bound for Senate

A bill alleviating residency requirement constraints on students of military families cleared one chamber of the legislature.   On a 65-0 vote, Representatives members approved House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to, due to military transfer.   ASBSD is monitoring the bill and assisted

One bill bounced by, one bill backed by comm.

Two bills crossed the Capitol hall from the Senate to the House, but just one made it out of latter’s education committee.   House Education committee members passed Senate Bill 23, which revises references to repealed or obsolete provisions related to DOE, on a 13-1 vote, but defeated Senate Bill 24, which revises certain provisions

Gov. Noem proposes 2.5 percent increase in state aid

Gov. Kristi Noem came up with proposed funding for state aid above what’s required by law in the first budget address of her tenure.   Gov. Noem’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 included an increase to state aid of 2.5 percent, which is 0.2 percent higher than what’s required in state statute, as inflation came

Committee approves civics literacy program

Committee members confirmed a program commending students for civics literacy.   House Education committee members passed House Bill 1051, which establishes the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program, on a 14-0 vote.   HB 1051 creates a voluntary program that school districts can choose to participate in which would affix a sticker of

Senate comm. sends SDHSAA policy repeal to 41st day

Legislative committee members brought down a bill that could have put schools in line to face litigation.   On a 5-2 vote, the Senate Education committee defeated Senate Bill 49, which voided the SDHSAA policy on transgender student participation and requires student gender be determined by what is stated on the student’s birth certificate.  

House approves adding safety plan discussion to exec. session

A House committee and the full chamber opted to continue the discussion on adding to the key topics that can be discussed in executive session.   House State Affairs committee members passed House Bill 1048, which permits a school board to discuss and deliberate school safety plans, and other provisions, in executive session, on a

Residency requirement bill reaches House floor

A bill expediting the enrollment process of students from military families transferring into a district passed out of legislative committee.   On a unanimous vote, House Military and Veterans Affairs committee members approved an amended version of House Bill 1044, which authorizes enrollment in a school district to which a students’ family is locating to,

Special Education task force bill bound for House

A proposed study of special education saw its way across the hall in the Capitol.   The Senate Education committee (5-1) and full Senate (29-5) passed Senate Bill 3, which creates the Special Education Task Force to further examine special education in South Dakota.   ASBSD supports the bill.   We need to have a

Sen. stamps approval on special ed. committee

Senators sent on a bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute recently (1/22).   On a 34-0 vote, Senators passed Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership.   Sen. Ryan Maher noted on the Senate floor that

Gov. Noem requests joint session to share budget proposal

Gov. Kristi Noem’s official budget proposal is coming this week.   Last Thursday (1/17), Gov. Noem sent official request to the South Dakota Legislature’s House and Senate for a joint session of the chambers on Wednesday, January 23 beginning at 1 p.m.   “I will be giving my budget address, which will outline a lot

Amended ECO board bill passes committee

A bill resetting the membership of a special education oversight board and establishing it in state statute started its journey forward in the legislature on Thursday (1/17).   Senate Education committee members unanimously passed Senate Bill 1, which establishes the Extraordinary Cost Oversight Board in state statute and amends membership.   The bill emanated from

Senate sends two ed. bills to House

Two education related bills crossed the Capitol halls last week.   Senate Bill 24, which revises certain provisions relating to state assessments, passed the Senate Education committee on 7-0 vote and then, an amended version, passed the full Senate on 34-0 vote.   The bill removes the requirement that state assessments be given to students

House Ed. and House advance two education bills

Committee members wasted no time in acting on legislation in House Ed.   In their first committee meeting of the 2019 legislative session, House Education committee members unanimously passed two education related bills.   House Bill 1001, which requires the recalculation of the special education disability levels’ amount allocation to take place every two years,

Gov. Noem notes ed. initiatives in inaugural State of the State

Gov. Kristi Noem touched on a few K-12 topics during her inaugural State of the State address on Tuesday (1/8).   Among those topics was a proposed requirement that every high school graduate be able to pass the United States Citizenship exam.   “Civics needs to reemerge,” Gov. Noem said during her address, adding that

Revenue figures bounce back, budget talks about to begin

The holiday shopping season brought in the green to keep state revenue figures out of the red.   Revenue collections in December came in slightly more than $10 million higher than what the legislature adopted for the month during last year’s legislative session. The December figures were a needed rebound over November’s numbers, which were

Meet the 2019 Senate Education Committee

Three new members join four committee veterans to deal with education issues on the committee level in the Senate this session.   Sen. Alan Solano takes the reigns as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m.   Let’s meet the committee members:   Sen.

Meet the 2019 House Education Committee

Two-thirds of this session’s education committee on the House side will be different than the year prior.   House Education, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., welcomes 10 new members – including four first time legislators – to the 15-member committee in 2019. Rep. Lana Greenfield will serve as committee Chair

Legislative resources for the 2019 session

The 2019 legislative session begins on Tuesday (Jan. 8) and ASBSD has you covered for coverage of the daily occurrences in the legislature.   Four ASBSD resources will help you keep up-to-date on the 94th legislative session, they include: ASBSD Bill Tracker ASBSD Blog Legislative Session Documents List of Legislative Cracker Barrels ASBSD Bill Tracker provides you

Legislative session’s key dates in 2019

The 2019 legislative session begins soon and the 94th legislative session features more than a few key days.   This year’s session contains two more days than last year’s and kicks off with Gov. Kristi Noem’s first State of the State address on Tuesday, January 8.   Gov. Noem also plans to hold an additional

UPDATED: Negotiated Agreement Workshops’ schedule changed

ASBSD is bringing the latest in our lineup of events aimed at assisting school board members and administrators with the negotiations process.   Join ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman and expert School Law Attorney Rodney Freeman as they review the collective bargain process and examine the negotiated agreements of school districts

Gov. Daugaard proposes 2.3 percent increase in state aid

In his final budget address, Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed schools receive a 2.3 percent increase in state aid for Fiscal Year 2020.   The proposed increase in state aid meets the statutory requirement of schools receiving the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) or 3 percent, whichever is less, as CPI-W came in at 2.3 percent for

Ask your legislators if they’ll follow the state funding law

Now is the time to get your legislators in to your schools, at your board meetings or in any venue and ask them if they support the school funding expectation set forth in state law and in the state Constitution.   “We’re talking about an expectation in state law for funding schools and you, as

Delegates determine focus of ASBSD for session

School board members descended on Pierre to don the role of Delegate and do due diligence in determining the legislative focus of ASBSD.   “Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics,” ASBSD President Tom Farrell, of Madison

ASBSD Board of Directors convenes prior to Delegate Assembly

The ASBSD Board of Directors convened their most recent meeting prior to this year’s Delegate Assembly.   The Board approved the legislative priorities presented to the Delegates – and eventually approved – at assembly; they included: C1 School Funding C7 State Aid Inflation Factor C4 Capital Outlay Adjustments B9 Behavioral and Mental Health Resources Read

ALL points earned, ALL awards presented

School boards spent the late summer months and those in fall earning ALL points for the 2018-19 year, while ASBSD spent the same time period presenting last year’s award winners their plaques.   The 2018-19 school year marks the third year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, with board

DHS releases school safety resource

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a helpful school safety resource.   DHS’s Office of Academic Engagement published Exercise Starter Kits, which are focused on an active shooter incident and are part of the Campus Resilience (CR) Program, for the K-12 community.     The Exercise Starter Kits are self-conducted tabletop exercises (TTX) that

2018-19 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass – including question-and-answer sessions.   Anyone wishing to attend a webinar can download the registration form here and return it via email to Lisa@sdmunicipalleague.org. Each webinar is limited

Download the 2018-19 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they

Revenue collection ahead of collection one-third through FY19

One-third of the way through the 2019 fiscal year and South Dakota’s revenue collection is ahead of schedule.   Revenue collected through October – as reported by S.D. BFM –  is nearly $3 million ahead of projections adopted by the South Dakota Legislature during legislative session this year. July and September collections were in the

ASBSD and SLRMA continuing to bring free risk management tools to members

ASBSD has continued its partnership with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) to provide our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection.   SLRMA is a not-for-profit organization that collects, analyzes and disseminates federal school board legal liability risk management information by providing timely articles,

Nagel joins ASBSD as CFO, Protective Trust Director

ASBSD happily welcomed Holly Nagel to the team in October.   Nagel joined ASBSD as the Chief Financial Officer and Protective Trust Services Director on October 15, replacing Matt Flett, who joined the South Dakota Department of Education.   “I am very excited to join the ASBSD organization,” Nagel said.   “My experience with ASBSD

Rapid City school board member joins state association board

Rapid City School Board 2nd Vice President Mike Roesler will join the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Board of Directors.   Roesler – who was elected to the Rapid City Board of Education in 2017 – was appointed to represent the district on the ASBSD Board. The Rapid City School District receives a seat

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – November, 2018

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Thursday, November 15. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Ramkota RiverCentre, 11:00 a.m., Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Farrell 1.1 Welcome/Introductions

Get your delegate to the 2018 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2019 legislative session. This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 16

Free risk management conference in November

Learn more about managing risk in the new millennium by attending – FOR FREE – the 2018 Joint Safety and Loss Control Training Conference.   ASBSD has joined the State of S.D. Office of Risk Management, S.D. Public Assurance Alliance, SDML Workers’ Compensation Fund, Safety Benefits, Inc. and Insurance Benefits, Inc. to sponsor the Conference

Discuss the latest in K-12 education at a 2018 Region Meeting

Discuss the latest in K-12 education with fellow board members and administrators at an ASBSD Region Meeting this Fall.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will visit nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2019 session and gather feedback on ASBSD’s legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions, as well as detail the latest services

Policy Alert: Federally Required Annual Notices and Policies

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. Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal

The best minds in school law hosting two Seminars this fall

Join the best minds in school law this fall to learn about the latest in legal topics schools face and have your questions answered.   ASBSD and COSA will host a School Law Seminar featuring a Tuesday night session discussing school district/superintendent employment contracts and a Wednesday session covering the new data breach reporting law,

Teacher pay review board adopts final report

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay approved their report to Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday (8/29).   On a 7-0 vote, Teacher Compensation Review Board members approved the report that will be submitted prior to the September 30 deadline with the following conclusions: The data demonstrates that South Dakota has

September proclaimed attendance awareness month

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.   The S.D. Department of Education has been working to raise awareness about the importance of regular attendance through outreach to schools and other stakeholders.   “Time out of school is learning lost,” Interim Secretary of Education Mary Stadick Smith said in a statement. “All it takes

ASBSD Board starts new year with new members, new leadership

The ASBSD Board started a new year’s work with a revamped group.   Seven new members began their terms on the ASBSD Board of Directors at the August meeting, held prior to the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.     Douglas School Board Vice President Tanya Gray (Western Region, 1,400-9,999), De Smet School Board President Shane Roth

Thoelke passes gavel to Farrell

The gavel got passed at the most recent ASBSD Board of Directors meeting.   Sioux Falls School Board Member Todd Thoelke completed his year-long term as ASBSD President by passing the gavel to Madison Central School Board President Tom Farrell.   “I hope I’ve made an impact,” Thoelke said of his service as Board President.

Stroeder elected 2nd VP of ASBSD Board

Mobridge-Pollock School Board President Eric Stroeder was elected the Second Vice President of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota by the Board of Directors at last month’s board meeting.   The ASBSD 2nd Vice President is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee, which is also comprised of a President, 1st Vice President and Past President and

More than 50 school boards earn ALL Award in ’17-18

More than 1/3 of the public school boards in South Dakota earned statewide recognition for their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.   In the second year of ASBSD’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead, 56 boards in South Dakota earned an ALL

ASBSD honors board members, community members and former Secretary of Ed.

ASBSD honored school board members, individuals from communities and a former Secretary of Education at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention.   Wilmot School Board President Denise Lutkemeier earned the 2018 Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s Outstanding School Board Member of the Year honor, which is presented to a South Dakota school board member that embodies

Submit your district’s info for the 2018-19 Bus Pact

ASBSD will continue a coordinating role for an Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts for the occasion that a bus traveling outside of the district fails.   In the event of an emergency, a school bus driver, or authorized personnel, would call the nearest cooperating district to secure a bus and/or driver

Supreme Court sides with S.D. in online sales tax collection

South Dakota earned victory in the argument over online sales tax collection.   In a 5-4 decision, members of the U.S. Supreme Court sided with South Dakota in its challenge that states can collect sales tax from online retailers. The high court’s decision comes two months after Attorney General Marty Jackley presented the state’s case

Teacher Compensation Review Board meets for first time

The board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay convened for the first time on Wednesday (6/20).   Members of the Teacher Compensation Review Board, which was established in 2016 as part of legislation that overhauled the state’s funding formula, began their review of teacher compensation, including comparable wage indexes in surrounding states.  

Health fund retains all members, adds 14 new districts

Nearly 70 school districts and education cooperatives will comprise the health fund in Fiscal Year 2019.   The South Dakota School District Benefits Fund retained 100 percent of its membership – marking the second straight fiscal year the fund retained every member – AND added 14 new members to bring the total number of participants

p-Card picks up members & rebate dollars for sixth straight year

For the sixth year running, the p-Card Program added more members and earned more in rebates.   The p-Card Program, which is supported by ASBSD and the Illinois Association of Business Officials, saw a growth from 27 participating members in 2017 to 29 in 2018 and those members earned $82,420 in total rebates this year.

Committee commences Extraordinary Cost Fund study

Legislators tabbed to review special education funding began their study recently (6/13).   The 13-member legislative panel convened to review South Dakota’s extraordinary cost fund for special education, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “It’s an important subject for all of us,” Committee Chair Rep. Mary Duvall

Policy Alert: Posting school district election information

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   During the 2018 legislative session, legislators passed and Gov. Dennis

Revenue collection remains ahead with one month to go

Revenue for the fourth and fifth months of 2018 found the black and put fiscal year 2018 a positive final month away from collections outpacing estimates.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported April’s collections coming in $4.2 million above estimates with the Bank Franchise Tax ($4.7 million) being the month’s biggest winner while

Project StandUp for School Safety program being introduced

Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota have joined the South Dakota’s Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, Project StandUp and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to bring an anonymous tipping platform for school violence to South Dakota.   The new public safety tool, which the S.D. Department of Criminal

Public comment sought on proposed graduation requirements

High school graduation requirements in South Dakota may be revamped and the state is seeking input on what the public would like to see included.   The South Dakota Department of Education encourages the public to engage in a conversation about proposed revisions to South Dakota’s high school graduation requirements by submitting their comments on

Register for the premier learning event for board members and administrators

Interact with and learn from your fellow board members and administrators at the 2018 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which will feature insightful general session speakers and informative breakout sessions on a variety of topics, as well as more than one hundred exhibitors offering great services to K-12 education, on Thursday and Friday, August 9-10 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Rep. Jim Schaefer: committed advocate to South Dakota

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Jim Schaefer.   “The news of Rep. Schaefer’s untimely passing is saddening,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “We ask everyone to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers.”   Rep. Schaefer served eight years in

NSBA statement on active shooter video game

NSBA recently released the following statement in response to the “Active Shooter” video game:   A video game that simulates a school shooting is alarming and disgraceful. Violence has no place in our schools.   Violent games that portray violence against students is unconscionable and undermines the efforts of public school leaders, parents, students, and

Help ASBSD connect with your new board members

With many school board elections taking place this month, a host of new board members will be set to join school boards across the state.   ASBSD would like to begin communicating with them and acclimating them to our many services, but we need the help of superintendents, business managers and current board members.   “ASBSD wants

Learn more about your role as a school board candidate and board member

ASBSD’s guide will prepare new, current and potential school board candidates for their role on the board.   ASBSD Leadership Development Director Dr. Randy Royer has revised and updated a brief video guide (and printable presentation) to share with new, current and potential school board members.   “The updated guide outlines steps for interested individuals in becoming a school board candidate, the

Policy Alert: Public Comment resolution

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   House Bill 1172, which revised certain provisions regarding meetings

Policy Alert: Annual Budget and finance policies

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD Policy Services recently overhauled our annual budget

Policy Alert: Alt. instruction, parent notification and agenda prep

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   Three ASBSD sample policies were amended recently.  

Policy Alert: ESSA updates

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   Six ASBSD sample policies have been updated to

2018’s Best and Brightest Honored for Academic Excellence

The best and brightest from the Class of 2018 were honored for their academic achievements at the 28th Annual Academic Excellence Banquet in Pierre on Monday (4/23).   In conjunction with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota invited more than 200 students, who were identified as the top one percent of

ASBSD Board meets for first time in 2018

After February’s scheduled board meeting was postponed due to winter weather, the ASBSD Board of Directors opened their 2018 meeting schedule in Sioux Falls last week (4/20-21) covering a litany of topics and honoring three fellow members for their service on the board.   Deuel School Board President Debbe Koenecke was presented a plaque for

Rep. Sean McPherson: an honorable legislator and individual

Associated School Boards of South Dakota extends deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Representative Sean McPherson.   The people of South Dakota have lost a dedicated public servant and very honorable man in Rep. McPherson.   “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Rep. McPherson,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “He

Nineteen districts streamlining policy process

Nineteen South Dakota school districts have streamlined their school board policy process with help from ASBSD.   By signing up for ASBSD’s Online Policy Services, Alcester-Hudson, Bennett County, Centerville, De Smet, Deuel, Dupree, Edmunds Central, Elkton, Haakon, Howard, Iroquois, Kimball, Lemmon, Leola, McIntosh, Miller, Redfield, Sisseton and Tripp-Delmont., are streamlining their policy books.   “The school board

State’s teacher pay improves national ranking

South Dakota’s teacher pay climbed the national ladder according to a recent study.   The National Education Association’s 2018 Rankings and Estimates report cited South Dakota’s average teacher salary of $46,979 in 2016-17 brought the state from 51st in the nation to 48th. The state’s average teacher salary rose by nearly $5,000 from 2015-16 to 2016-17,

Legislators appointed to interim study committees

Members were appointed to the committee set to study an area of education funding this summer.   The legislature’s Executive Board voted to approve the appointment of 13 legislators to the study of the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   The legislators include: Representatives Dan Ahlers,

Policy Alert: Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   The ASBSD Policy Services staff and policy committee

Policy Alert: Two new policies added, two amended

Policies of a school district have the full force and effect of law and legally bind the school district.  Wessington Springs Ed. Assoc. v. Wessington springs Sch. Dist., 467 N.W. 2d 101 (S.D. 1991).     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   ASBSD’s Policy Services team recently approved two new

Share your district’s good news in fifth edition of The Good News Bulletin

Prepare to share your district’s good news.   ASBSD wants to hear what your board members, administrators, teachers, staff members, students and community members are proud of for the fifth edition of The Good News Bulletin.   In the past four years, more than 100 districts have submitted 250 plus stories of student achievement, community

Revenue figures revert to the red in March

Revenue figures reverted to the red in March.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management reported revenue for the third month of 2018 was nearly $2 million under projections adopted by the legislature during session.   Sales Tax collections were $2.4 million less than projected for the month with Bank Franchise Tax and Unclaimed Property

One-time funding coming to schools

School districts are set to receive one-time money following the end of this fiscal year.   Joint Appropriations committee members specified the one-time dollars appropriated through the passage of House Bill 1044 during the 2018 legislative session will be distributed after June 30, but will not be included in next school year’s finance accountabilities.  

Health Fund provides low renewal rates, adds new members

You can count on two fingers or less the percentage increase in premium the 61 school districts and educational cooperatives who are members of the health fund will receive next year.   South Dakota School District Benefits Fund members recently received their health fund premium renewals, which range from zero to two percent, for Fiscal

ASBSD partners with SLRMA to bring risk management tools to members

As a leader in school risk, ASBSD partnered with the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA) to provide our member districts FREE access to a variety of checklists and best practices focused on school board and district protection.   SLRMA is a not-for-profit organization that collects, analyzes and disseminates federal school board legal liability risk

ALL Scoreboard updated as year heads towards homestretch

Nearly 50 school boards have earned ALL award levels during the 2017-18 school year.   Those award earners will receive a plaque for earning points as part of ASBSD’s Board Recognition Program – ALL: Act, Learn, Lead, which runs throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) and boards earn points in ASBSD activities, training opportunities and demonstrating leadership at

Learn more about SafeSchools Training during upcoming webinar

Want to learn more about how your district can access a market-leading training system to meet your staff’s training needs?   Join SafeSchools for a short webinar to learn more about the training platform and how you can get started with this valuable member benefit, sponsored by ASBSD.     There will be three, half-hour

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda – April, 2018

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Sioux Falls, SD on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Meeting Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 12:00 p.m., Sioux Falls, SD   Call

Extraordinary cost fund tabbed for interim study

An area of school funding will be studied by the legislature in this year’s interim.   Members of the legislature’s Executive Board voted unanimously to study the state’s extraordinary cost fund, which districts can apply for to receive additional funding for special education costs.   “This fund is getting hit pretty hard,” Rep. Hugh Bartels

SafeSchools’ April Newsletter

SafeSchools’ latest School Safety Newsletter is now available.   Give the April edition of the School Safety Matters newsletter a read here.   This month’s newsletter discusses SafeSchools’ tip reporting system, their latest training course on sudden cardiac arrest in athletes and much more with readers.     ASBSD and SafeSchools’ partnership brings each of our member districts

SFAB reviews latest waiver process

The focus of the waiver process turns to general fund cash balance in 2018.   Last year, members of the School Finance Accountability Board acted on teacher compensation waivers and at their first meeting of the year (3/12), the board took a look at the general fund cash balance waiver process.   “I know that

Submit your district’s student for the 2018 Academic Excellence Banquet

School board members and superintendents remind your district’s high school principal(s) to identify and submit the name(s) of the academic top one percent of the 2018 senior class to be honored at the Academic Excellence Recognition Banquet.     Gov. Dennis Daugaard and ASBSD, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the School Administrators of South Dakota, are hosting

Teacher Compensation Review Board members appointed

A new board charged with studying South Dakota’s progress on teacher pay has been appointed.   Established in 2016 as part of legislation that overhauled the state’s funding formula, the nine-member Teacher Compensation Review Board will review teacher compensation, including comparable wage indexes in surrounding states.   “The appointees have been made,” Department of Education

Apply for a Workforce Education Grant

This year, up to $900,000 in grants will be awarded to fund Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in secondary schools.   The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. These grants can efficiently increase the number of students with access to high quality career and

Work Comp members placing AED units provided by fund

ASB Workers’ Compensation Fund member districts and education co-ops have received their free AED units.   As a leader in school risk, ASBSD and the Protective Trust granted a Zoll AED Plus free of charge to Workers’ Compensation Fund members. The Zoll AED Plus includes a CPR component unique to AED units and has a shelf-life of 5

Collective Bargaining Seminars set for March

ASBSD will host three Collective Bargaining Seminars in March to update school board members and administrators on the many facets of negotiations process for teachers and staff.   The 2018 Collective Bargaining Seminars will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on:   Seminars will cover how districts must apply the funding formula and

Schools receive ongoing increase, one-time money

Schools will receive an ongoing increase for next school year, as well as one-time money this year, after legislators approved three bills on the final days of the full run of session.   A one percent increase – equaling approximately $12 in new money – in state aid and special education will be sent to

Restraint and seclusion policy bill passes both chambers

The two chambers of the Capitol came together on a bill requiring school districts to adopt a restraint and seclusion policy to send it to the governor’s desk.   House members passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 52-12 vote and

Gov. gets look at cap outlay obligations bill

The governor will get a look at a bill adjusting capital outlay caps.   Senators passed House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations, on a 33-1 vote.   HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations and allows them to utilize

Tribal regalia defined in bill bound for Gov.

The bill defining tribal regalia reached the governor’s office.   Senators passed an amended version of House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring or graduation ceremony, on a 34-0 vote.   “I just appreciate the discussion,” Sen.

Public comment bill bound for Gov.

A bill superseding school board policy on public comment at meetings is headed to the governor’s office.   House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, passed the Senate on a 24-9 vote.   During debate on the Senate floor, Sen. Brock Greenfield said the bill wasn’t “too onerous” and

Bill permitting Appropriators to act on waivers on to Gov.

A bill providing appropriators more options when it comes to acting on accountability waivers got through to the governor.   Senators passed an amended House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers, on a 30-3 vote.   An amendment added on the Senate floor adds a step

Audit report bill on to Gov.

The audit report bill is headed for the governor’s desk for signature.   By a unanimous vote, House members passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review.   The main portions of the bill affecting school boards require the department or firm performing the audit furnish a copy of the audit

Resident district notification bill reaches Gov.

A bill clarifying the notification by a student to their resident district of their plans to return reached the governor’s desk.   Senators passed House Bill 1114, which establishes certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment, on a 27-6 vote.   HB 1114 allows a student

Advocate to your legislators for an increase in state aid

With fewer than ten days left in legislative session, focus is turning towards finalizing the state budget and board members need to be advocating to their legislators for an increase in state aid for next year.   A few weeks ago, members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019

Public comment bill passed comm. on to floor

A bill potentially conflicting school board policy on public comment during meetings reached the Senate floor.   Senate Local Government committee members passed House Bill 1172, which revises certain provisions regarding meetings of certain public bodies, on a 4-2 vote in a hearing that stretched over two meetings.   HB 1172 requires school boards – and

Audit report bill reaches House floor

Just one legislative hurdle remains before a bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members reaches the governor.   House Appropriators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on an 8-0 vote.   ASBSD supports the bill.   “We agree wholeheartedly with the pieces you see

Comm. amends C/O obligations bill

Changes came to a capital outlay obligations bill in committee.   Senate Education committee members unanimously approved an amended version of House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations.   Amendments made to HB 1297 permit districts to raise their C/O levy to a level necessary to cover their capital outlay obligations

Amended tribal regalia reaches Senate floor

An amended version of the tribal regalia bill is headed to a chamber floor.   House Bill 1252, which prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring or graduation ceremony, passed the Senate Education committee on a 7-0 vote.   The amended

Resident district notification bill reaches Senate floor

A bill clarifying the law on a student’s resident district cleared another legislative hurdle.   Senate Education committee members passed House Bill 1114, which establishes certain requirements for students enrolling in resident school districts or assigned schools after participating in open enrollment, on a 5-1 vote.   HB 1114 allows a student who has open enrolled out

2018 Legislative Cracker Barrels

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Please

Bill providing appropriators leeway on waivers reaches Senate floor

A bill providing appropriators more decision making ability on waivers is a step closer to law.   On a 6-3 vote, Senate appropriators approved House Bill 1166, which provides the Joint or Interim Appropriations committee the power to approve, amend or deny teacher compensation waivers.   Sen. Justin Cronin told committee members the bill came about following the past year’s

Enrollment threshold carve out comes out of committee

A carve out of the minimum enrollment threshold for schools came out of committee.   House Bill 1215, which revises certain provisions regarding reorganization of certain school districts with low enrollment, passed the Senate Education committee on a 6-1 vote.   HB 1215 would specifically carve out an exemption for a district falling below the 100 student threshold for a

Settlement bill sent to 41st day

Two days after its hearing, defeat came for a bill prohibiting certain settlement options for the state and other political subdivisions.   On Wednesday (2/28), House Judiciary committee members voted 10-3 to defeat Senate Bill 84, which prohibits the state of South Dakota or any political subdivision from entering into a settlement agreement that includes

Two bills related to education on way to gov

Two bills related to education made their way to the governor’s desk on Tuesday (2-27).   House members passed Senate Bill 83, which authorizes certain patriotic societies access to public schools, on a 58-6 vote.   The bill permits representatives of a patriotic society, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or other patriotic societies

Restraint and seclusion policy passes House, set for Conf. Comm.

An agreement between chambers on amendments made to a bill requiring districts adopt a restraint and seclusion policy is all that keeps the legislation from the governor’s desk.   Representatives passed Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, on a 37-27 vote.   The

Cap Outlay bill amended, passed on to Senate

The referendum level for capital outlay certificates, as well as installment purchase contracts and lease-purchase agreements, could be lowered as an amended bill made its way across the Capitol hall.   Representatives passed the amended addition of House Bill 1297, which revises certain provisions regarding capital outlay obligations, on a 66-0 vote.   The amendment

Accountability adjustment bills falter on floors

Two bills aimed at adjusting accountability faltered on their respective chamber floors last week (2/22).   On a 32-34 vote, Representatives defeated House Bill 1128, which revises certain provisions regarding increases in teacher compensation.   HB 1128 required school districts to meet the teacher compensation accountability standard by increasing salaries by 65 percent of the actual percentage provided

Audit report bill advances

A bill ensuring audit reports are in the hands of board members crossed chambers last week.   Senators passed Senate Bill 100, which establishes certain provisions related to grant monitoring and review, on a 33-2 vote.   Sen. Deb Peters, the bill’s prime sponsor, said SB 100 would “make sure people are handling (audits) in

School lunch shaming bill shut down in Senate

A bill prohibiting school lunch shaming practices was defeated last week.   Senators voted down Senate Bill 162, which prohibits school lunch shaming, on an 11-23 tally.   SB 162 was defeated in the Senate Education committee, but a smoke-out attempt was a success on the Senate floor before the bill was ultimately defeated.  

Appropriators tackle two education funding related bills

Two education funding related bills were taken down in committee on Tuesday (2/20).   On an 8-1 vote, members of the House Appropriations committee defeated House Bill 1263, which increases the allowable general fund cash balances for school districts.   The bill called for an increase in the fund balance caps, which were established in

2018 Election Workshop webinars

The Election Workshop webinar schedule for 2018 is set.   The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will co-sponsor four FREE workshop webinars in 2018.   The FREE Election Workshop webinars will span four different days in January and March; each covering a different topics. There will be two separate webinar

Two bills aim to adjust funding accountability

Two bills aimed at adjusting school funding accountability cleared their committee hearings on Tuesday (2/20).   Senate Education committee members passed Senate Bill 213, which revises certain education funding provisions, on a 5-1 vote. The bill was initially introduced as a vehicle bill.   SB 213 would tie a teacher compensation increase for the next

ASBSD Legislative Day Cancelled

Due to deteriorating weather conditions and the possibility for hazardous travel conditions ASBSD has CANCELLED our Legislative Day event scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 in Pierre.   The event WILL NOT be rescheduled.   ASBSD will contact the legislators that were registered for the event to inform that the event has been CANCELLED.   An

Appropriators adopt revenue projections above December’s proposal

Revenue projections adopted by appropriators present hope for a possible funding increase for schools.   On Tuesday (2/13), members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget totaling $1.641 billion, which exceeds the $1.622 billion in revenue proposed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard during his budget address in December.  

Three house bills passed

Three house bills passed out of the legislative chambers on Wednesday (2/14).   Senators passed House Bill 1099, which revises certain provisions regarding dual education credit, on a 25-8 vote. The bill had previously passed the Senate Education committee, 5-1.   “This program has been a great success,” Sen. Jim Bolin said during discussion on the

Cap Outlay adjustment bill comes out of comm.

A bill affecting capital outlay caps and obligations passed committee on Thursday (2/15).   On a 10-4 vote, House Taxation committee members passed House Bill 1240, which revises certain provisions regarding C/O funding for schools.   The bill increases the alternative capital outlay cap to $3,000 per student, up from $2,800 per student, and permits

2018 School Board Recognition Week set for February 19-23

South Dakota School Board Recognition Week is the time to recognize the men and women who dedicated their time and energy to serving on your locally elected school board.   “School Board Recognition Week presents your district an opportunity to publicly thank the men and women who serve on your local board of education,” ASBSD

Restraint and seclusion school policy bill passed by comm.

An amended edition of the restraint and seclusion policy bill passed committee on Wednesday (2/14).   House Education committee members unanimously approved Senate Bill 46, which requires school districts to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion.   The amended version of SB 46 removed the training provision that was initially required

Lunch shaming bill defeated in comm., smoked-out on Senate floor

A bill prohibiting lunch shaming in schools succumbed in a close committee vote, but a successful smoke-out attempt advanced it.   On Tuesday (2/13), Senate Education committee members voted 4-3 against Senate Bill 162, which prohibits school lunch shaming. However, a smoke-out attempt succeeded on the Senate floor and resulted in Senate Education committee members

School ceremonies sole focus of amended regalia bill

A bill permitting an individual to wear tribal regalia at some events took a turn aimed solely at schools on Tuesday (2/13).   House members passed an amended version of House Bill 1252, which Prohibits certain government entities from prohibiting any person from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a school honoring

Debate to participate ends in House

The debate to participate came to an end in the House, for now.   On a 28-38 vote, members of the House defeated House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on Monday.   The

Committee rejects policy mandate bill

School boards will continue to have control over facilities policy.   House Bill 1296, which requires each school board to establish a policy on the use of certain school district facilities by transgender persons, fell on a 11-1 vote by the House Judiciary committee on Monday (2/12).   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “The issue

School property tax exemption bill headed to Gov’s desk

A bill clarifying specific school owned property being tax exempt is close to being codified.   House Bill 1143, which revises certain provisions regarding the tax exemption of certain school owned property, passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday (2/12) and now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk for signature.   Sen. Ryan Maher said a

Homeschool participation bill revived, then delayed

After being revived the debate on homeschool participation has been delayed.   Representatives brought back House Bill 1120, which permits students receiving alternative instruction be deemed academically eligible by complying with alternative instruction requirements and allowed to participate in activities sponsored by the SDHSAA, on the chamber floor this week.   Through what’s known as the