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December21

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
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December20

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
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December19

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
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December18

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
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December04

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
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September28

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.  
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September28

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
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September27

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
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September26

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
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September25

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
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