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October20

Appoint your district’s Delegate, ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly moved online

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics. Appointed delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2021 legislative session.     Please submit your appointed delegate’s name and information by Tuesday,
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October19

2020 ASBSD Delegate Assembly Member Resolution-Standing Position Information

ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of the association.   They are an extremely valuable reference for our legislative advocating efforts and, as we’ve seen in past legislative sessions, are the guides for ASBSD to follow when controversial legislative issues, which our member schools do not hold a consensus opinion on, are introduced.  
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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

Download the 2020-21 Emergency School Bus Pact

ASBSD has continued its coordinating role for the Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, which operates in the event a bus traveling outside of its home district fails and is in need of assistance.   ASBSD has collected and supplied a list of emergency phone numbers for the cooperating districts so they
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September24

DOE hosting Suicide Prevention webinar in September

Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed September to be Suicide Prevention Month.   In conjunction, the South Dakota Department of Education is inviting school administrators, counselors, teachers and board members to attend one of two webinars on Model School Policy: Suicide Prevention.   The webinars will be held Tuesday, September 29 at 10-11 a.m. (Central) and 2-3
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September23

Updates made to 2021 ASBSD Legislative Resolutions and Standing Positions

The latest iterations of ASBSD’s legislative platform for the 2021 legislative session are available for review.   The resolutions and standing positions dictate the legislative direction of ASBSD and are voted on by member districts at Delegate Assembly.   This year’s Delegate Assembly is set for Friday, November 20. At this time, ASBSD is planning
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September15

Schools to receive Coronavirus Relief Funding

South Dakota school districts are set to receive Coronavirus Relief Funds, or CRF.   Below you will find the main pieces of CRF for schools: Noem has announced that an additional $75 million in CRF grant funding will be made available to South Dakota’s public and non-public K-12 schools. The U.S. Treasury’s updated guidance allows
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September14

Policy Alert: New Policy, Multiple Amended

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).   By Gerry Kaufman   The ASBSD Policy Committee has approved
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