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July07

New Board Member Workshop discussing roles & responsibilities

As a school board member, you’ve been elected by your community to make important decisions in the education of your district’s students, the environment of the school, being good stewards of tax dollars and much more.   It’s imperative for all school board members, new and seasoned, to understand their roles and registering for the
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July01

Register today for the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention

Register today for the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention, which returns as an in-person event this year.   On Thursday and Friday, August 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center the premier learning event for school board members and administrators will feature: More than 30 breakout sessions covering open meetings, advocacy for public education, free speech, cybersecurity,
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June21

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
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June18

2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention returning to in-person event!

The premier learning event for school board members and administrators returns in-person this August.   Be amongst the attendees of the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention on Thursday and Friday, August 5-6 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The event will function as it has in-person in previous years.   Download the 2021 ASBSD-SASD Convention schedule here.
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April15

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
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April14

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
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March16

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
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March14

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
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March12

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
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February28

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
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