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July05

Policy Alert: Fiduciary, Fiscal and Funds

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   ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal
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June07

No special session scheduled, two percent to be provided

There will be no special legislative session this month, which means schools will receive the two percent funding increase prescribed by state law on July 1.   “We will not be having a special (legislative) session in June,” Gov. Kristi Noem said at her press conference on Thursday (6/4), adding that her administration would “continue
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June07

2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention to be held virtually

The 2020 ASBSD-SASD Convention will be held virtually this year.   On Thursday, August 6, ASBSD and SASD, in conjunction with TIE, will host a virtual Convention for board members and administrators.   “Moving the ASBSD-SASD Convention to the virtual platform from our regular face-to-face event was a difficult decision,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany
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June06

Revenue collections were mildly ahead in May, still down overall for year

Revenue collections were mildly ahead of projections for the month of May.   Overall for the month, collections were $1 million ahead of the projections adopted by the legislature in February and the gain brought the year-to-date figure to a $4.37 million deficit.   “Overall what they (revenue figures) will show you is that we’re
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May11

Revenue collection shows effect of virus

South Dakota revenue collection has begun to show the impact of the Coronavirus.   April’s revenue collection came in $18 million less than what was adopted by the legislature earlier this year.   The S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management noted in it’s COVID-19’s Delayed Impact on South Dakota document that “a larger impact” was
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April13

Two percent increase in play, special session looms

Two percent is still currently in the cards for school districts for the 2020-21 school year, but the possibility of a special session looms.   At the end of the legislative session and prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the state, Gov. Kristi Noem and the legislature came together to support a two
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April11

Revenue figures could have direct effect on state aid increase

The Coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on the state’s economy that has yet to be seen.   School districts received the two percent increase required by law, which is three percent or inflation, whichever is less and inflation for Fiscal Year 2021 is at 2 percent. That increase is in flux as a special session looms
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April09

Special education set to receive increase in funding

Special education is set to receive an increase in aid for the 2020-21 school year.   House 1042, which sets the Special Education levy and disability level funding for FY 2021, passed the House on a 60-7 vote and the Senate on a 32-2 vote.   HB 1042 sets the maximum special education fund levy
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March29

House Education sends new school system bill to 41st day

A smoke-out attempt didn’t save a bill creating a new school system in South Dakota, which had previously been defeated in committee.   Senate Bill 66, which creates and funds Oceti Sakowin community-based schools, was defeated by the House Education committee on a 9-5 vote with a smoke-out attempt being unsuccessful on the House floor
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March28

Cap Outlay compromise bill passed, signed into law

In its final vote, a compromise bill on capital outlay provisions proved to have overwhelming support.   House members passed Senate Bill 170, which revises certain provisions regarding school district capital outlay funds, on a 65-3 vote. Among the four votes it took between two committees and two chambers, the bill only had four “No” votes.
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