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November30

Gov’s budget address could bring 1.5 percent increase in funding for schools

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will present his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, which may include a 1.5 percent increase in state aid for school districts.   The proposed budget will be unveiled on Tuesday (12/2) in the House Chambers of the Capitol Building during the Governor’s budget address.   The 1.5 percent increase
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November20

Districts set legislative direction at Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to voice your district’s legislative agenda and establish your state school board association’s legislative direction.   It is essential for member districts to appoint a delegate and have them attend Delegate Assembly to vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which dictate the legislative direction of the
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November20

Task Force votes to support Cap Outlay levy growth limit

Members of the South Dakota Legislature’s Ag Land Task Force voted to support a proposed bill that would limit the growth of the capital outlay levy of a school district to 3 percent or the change in CPI-W, whichever is a greater, at their meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 18).   In addition to the cap
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November18

Capital outlay talks intensify, review expected at Delegate Assembly

A discussion related to limiting a school district’s capital outlay levy and its potential growth have intensified recently and is likely to spawn discussion at ASBSD’s upcoming Delegate Assembly (Friday, Nov. 21), which is where member districts set the legislative direction of the Association by voting on resolutions and standing positions.   Amid speculation of
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November13

Ag Land Task Force to meet, discuss capital outlay

The South Dakota Legislature’s Ag Land Task Force will meet next week with two items on their agenda that could potentially affect our public schools.   To listen to the meeting, click on this link – http://legis.sd.gov/Interim/Meetings.aspx?Session=2014 – and then click the SDPB logo in the far right column.   First up, Division of Property and
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November13

Planning committee reconvenes next week

After a two-month hiatus, the legislative planning committee will reconvene on Monday (Nov. 17) to continue their long-term study of K-12 funding.   You can listen to the meeting here – http://sdpb.sd.gov/player/413.html.    The committee will primarily focus on information review and planning on K-12 funding, with teacher pay likely to drive the discussion. Studies and
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November07

November edition of the Bulletin

As part of ASBSD’s on-going effort to be your source for the latest information, commentary and training for K-12 education, we’re posting our monthly publication, The Bulletin.     This month’s Bulletin covers ASBSD’s Legislative Action Network, previews ASBSD Delegate Assembly, announces the 2014 Election Workshop dates and much more.   Click here to view the online
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November06

News from the National Association

NSBA Western Region Director and Mitchell School Board Member Neil Putnam shares the latest from the National School Board Association.     The political dust has settled and now it is time to see if the rhetoric and promises of the newly elected or re-elected officials in Pierre and Washington elevates the discussion of education
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October28

Superintendent’s group responds to Gov’s comments

Recent comments from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard about teacher salaries being the responsibility of the local district and not the state drew a pointed response from the South Dakota School Superintendents Association.   SDSSA President Dan Leikvold, Superintendent of the Lead-Deadwood School District, wrote an open letter in response to Gov. Daugaard’s comments. Read
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October14

Capital Outlay discussion ongoing

If you’ve had a chance to attend one of the ASBSD region meetings this fall you know legislative issues were a big part of the discussion, especially talk about potential legislation that would limit capital outlay growth.   Check out the remaining dates on the Region Meeting schedule here.   The topic of limiting growth
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