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February19

State aid increase in play after revenue figures higher than December’s numbers

The chances of schools seeing an increase in state aid were buoyed by last week’s adopted revenue projections.   Members of the Joint Appropriations committee adopted revenue projections for Fiscal Year 2021 $19 million higher than what was projected by Gov. Kristi Noem during her budget address in December, which did not include a proposed
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February17

Opt-out referral bill defeated on House floor

A proposal to remove the permanence of specific opt-outs found its way out of committee, but floundered when it reached the floor.   House Bill 1159, which allows for referral of opt-outs approved prior to 2002, passed the House Taxation committee on a 9-3 vote, but failed on the House floor on a vote of
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February15

Wind energy exclusion bill exits session

Legislators had other plans for an other revenue equalization exclusion.   Senators defeated Senate Bill 111, which excludes certain wind energy tax revenue from the state aid formula, on a 12-22 vote on Tuesday (2/11).   SB 111 would have excluded wind energy from the current other revenue equalization process by going through an eight year
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February12

ASBSD Board of Directors meeting agenda: February, 2020

Below you will find the meeting agenda for the ASBSD Board of Directors meeting being held in Pierre, SD on Monday, February 17. A PDF version of the agenda can be downloaded on the Publications & Forms page.   ASBSD Board of Directors Ramkota River Center, 12:00 p.m., Pierre, SD   Call to Order – President Lutkemeier 1.1
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February11

FY20 revenue remains ahead, FY21 projections coming Thursday

A major day in deciding what school funding will look like for the next school year is coming up.   The Joint Appropriations committee will hear revenue projections on Wednesday, February 12 and adopt revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year the following day. Those figures will assuredly play a role in whether or not
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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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January31

Former Senator, school board member appointed to state board

Two new individuals await confirmation to join the state education board.   Gov. Kristi Noem appointed Phyllis Heineman and Julie Westra to the South Dakota State Board of Education. Heineman and Westra await final confirmation from the Senate Education committee and full Senate.   Heineman served 16-years in the legislature, most recently in the Senate,
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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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January20

Meet the 2020 Senate Education committee

There’s a single change to the Senate Education committee for the 2020 legislative session.   Sen. Blake Curd will serve as Chair of the seven-member Senate Education committee, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. Sen. Alan Solano resigned from the legislature last fall.   Let’s meet the committee members:  
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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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