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October19

School law questions will be answered at the School Law Seminars

School law questions will be answered at this fall’s School Law Seminars.   The School Law Seminars will feature a 90-minute bonus session on Tuesday night exploring the dynamic relationships between board members and between the board and the superintendent and a full-day Wednesday session covering transgender students and employees, Title IX, parent and public
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October18

Input needed at Region Meetings

School board members and administrators your input is needed at the ASBSD Region Meetings where many legislative topics will be discussed.   ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany will stop at nine locations across South Dakota to discuss potential legislation for the 2016 session and gather feedback ASBSD’s legislative platform (download drafts of our Standing Positions and Resolutions).
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October09

New ed. funding model discussed by Task Force

Coming off discussion on potential solutions to the teacher shortage, the Blue Ribbon Task Force got a first glance at a possible funding model that would funnel additional dollars to teachers at their October 1st meeting.   S.D. Department of Education CFO Tami Darnall presented a teacher based funding model, which was broached at the
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September11

Task Force talks teacher needs, possible solutions

Potential teacher workforce needs lead into the first full-fledged discussion of possible proposals had by the Blue Ribbon Task Force at their recent meeting.   The group tasked with the extensive review of the state’s teacher shortage and school funding issues, learned in the next five years, to maintain a 14-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, South Dakota
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September11

Policy Alert: Veteran’s Preference policy amended

ASBSD sample policy GBAA: Veteran’s Preference, which was noted in the July, 2015 ASBSD Policy Alert, has recently been amended by Director of Policy & Legal Services Director Gerry Kaufman.   The policy was amended to include the new statutory definition of the term “veteran”:   “SDCL 33A-2-1. Veteran defined. For the purposes of all statutes relating
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September04

Transgender Students and Employees publication

The publication “Transgender Students and Employees” is designed to provide general information as a service to ASBSD members.   It was written by Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services, with the assistance of SD Council of School Attorney members Rodney Freeman (COSA President), Lester Nies (COSA Past President), and Jessica Filler (COSA
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September01

School Board Members discuss teacher shortage on Inside Keloland

Three members of the ASBSD Board of Directors appeared on this weekend’s Inside Keloland to discuss the teacher shortage.     Director Tom Farrell of Madison, Director Kathy Greeneway of Yankton and Past President Denise Lutkemier of Wilmot shared information on how the shortage has impacted their district.   You can watch the segment here.
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August28

Draft legislation reviewed by Minor Boundary Change Task Force

The Minor Boundary Change Task Force met for the third time on Tuesday (8/25) to review potential legislation and attendance center and district boundaries.   At the task force’s previous meeting, possible legislation was reviewed and members got their first look at suggested revisions this month.   Draft legislation would eliminate the current process by which
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August14

BRTF members discuss process, scheduled to meet again this month

The crowd from the ASBSD-SASD Convention gathered on the event’s final day for discussion with members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force.   ASBSD President Eric Stroeder, Aberdeen Superintendent Dr. Becky Guffin joined Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. Jacqueline Sly and Sen. Deb Soholt to discuss the work of the group thus far and what’s to
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July30

Policy Alert: policy updates from 2015 legislative session

Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, have the full force and effect of law, and legally bind the school district.     By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services   Based on legislation emanating from the 2015 legislative session, ASBSD has drafted
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