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February01

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
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January30

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
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January27

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
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January21

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
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January14

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
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December30

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
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December10

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
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December08

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
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November19

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
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November17

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
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