Board Recognition Program – ALL

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ASBSD Board Recognition Program – ALL

The ASBSD Board Recognition Program is designed to recognize school boards for their dedicated and ethical service to the students of South Dakota. This program will recognize board members’ participation in outside activities, board development and training, and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels.

How does the recognition program work?

By participating in ASBSD activities, training opportunities and demonstrating leadership at the local, state and national level, board members accumulate points to achieve awards. For each level of award, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, point totals are counted in three separate categories.

Points are totaled throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June), but GAVEL Training counts for a total of three years (past, present and future) under Learning Opportunities.

Download a PDF version of the ALL program description here.


ACT: Activities in this category demonstrate participation at various board functions. Examples would include attending ASBSD region meetings, Legislative Day, Annual Joint Convention or the NSBA national convention. This category is measured and points are assigned as to how many functions a board member has attended.

  • Delegate Assembly (attendance) – 25 pts.
  • Legislative Day – 30 pts.
  • Region Meetings – 10 pts.
  • ASBSD/SASD Annual Convention – 20 pts.
  • NSBA National Convention – 20 pts.
  • Presenter @ ASBSD/SASD Joint Convention – 20 pts.
  • Presenter @ NSBA National Convention – 20 pts.
  • Attend a Legislative Cracker Barrel or Forum – 10 pts.

LEARN: Activities in this category center around board member training opportunities board members have attended and completed. Examples would include  attending face to face training sessions for board specific workshops or ASBSD regional events. Points are assigned based on the learning opportunity and completion of that event. GAVEL Training (face-to-face) counts for a total of 3 years (past, present and future) under Learning Opportunities.

  • GAVEL Workshops (face-to-face)
    • School Board Governance – 40 pts.
    • Fiscal Responsibility – 40 pts.
    • Strategic Planning – 40 pts.
  • Legislative Action Network (LAN) Training – 20 pts.
  • School Law Seminar – 30 pts.
  • School Law Webinar – 20 pts.
  • Collective Bargaining Workshop – 30 pts.
  • Negotiated Agreement Workshop – 30 pts.
  • Board Member Roles and Responsibilities Workshop – 40 pts.
  • Wednesday’s with Wade Webinar – 20 pts
  • School Board U Sundays Webinar – 20 pts
  • Other Training Opportunities not listed – 20 pts.

LEAD: Activities in this category focus on leadership events or activities where board members take on a leadership role or participate in leadership training. Points are awarded for the involvement of the individual in a particular office, position or training. Examples would include serving as state board officer, attending the President’s Retreat/Workshop, or representing your District at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly. Points are assigned based upon the activity or event, or completion of the leadership training.

  • ASBSD President’s Workshop – 40 pts.
  • ASBSD Board Director – 50 pts.
  • ASBSD Board Officer – 2nd VP – 25 pts.
  • ASBSD Board Officer – 1st  VP – 25 pts.
  • ASBSD Board Officer – President – 50 pts.
  • ASBSD Board Officer – Past President – 50 pts.
  • LAN officer – 25 pts.
  • Delegate at Delegate Assembly – 25 pts.
  • State Education Committee, Task Force, Board, or advisory – 50 pts.
  • Protective Trust Board Member – 50 pts.

Board Scoring

Total all categories (ACT, LEARN, LEAD) for a cumulative score of the board using all board members points earned. The cumulative score must have some points in each category by any Board member to be eligible for an award.

Gold Level School Board

500 cumulative point total

Silver Level School Board

350 cumulative point total

Bronze Level School Board

250 cumulative point total

Download a PDF version of the ALL program description here.

Scoring Example

In the course of a fiscal year (July 1-June 30), your school board had two members attend an ASBSD Region Meeting, you had 2 board members attend the ASBSD-SASD Annual Convention, and you had a board member attend ASBSD Delegate Assembly, but not as the appointed delegate for your District, but merely in attendance.  Your Board would earn 85 points in the ACT category.

In the same year, your Board (7 members) had GAVEL Training (School Board Governance) in your District on-site. Two other Board members attended the Collective Bargaining Workshop and they also attended the School Law Seminar.  Your Board would earn 400 points in the LEARN category.

Also, in that fiscal year, your Board had a representative at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly and a designated LAN officer (Legislative Action Network). Your Board would earn 50 points in the LEAD category.

ACT – 85

LEARN – 400

LEAD – 50

Total: 535 points = Gold Level Board

2019-20 ALL Award Earners (2019-20 ALL Award Winners’ Totals):

Gold member school boards: Howard, McLaughlin, Deubrook Area, Madison Central, Flandreau, Hill City, Gregory, Lyman, Colome Consolidated, Todd County, Montrose, Rapid City, Eagle Butte, Yankton, White River, Custer, Sioux Falls, Deuel, Aberdeen, Hot Springs, Meade and Newell.

Silver level school boards: Sisseton, Edgemont, Oldham-Ramona, Wilmot, Bon Homme, Dell Rapids, Florence, Marion, Herreid, Platte-Geddes, Lead-Deadwood, Kimball, Wagner, Chamberlain, Scotland, Haakon, Lemmon, Wessington Springs.

Bronze earning school boards include: Sioux Valley, Oglala Lakota County, Menno, Arlington, Mobridge-Pollock, Rutland, Woonsocket, Faulkton Area, Pierre, Waverly, Wall, Clark, Ipswich, Willow Lake, Freeman, Harrisburg, Huron, Douglas, Bison, Lake Preston, Andes Central, Garretson, McIntosh, Brookings, De Smet and Dupree.

If you would like to know how many ALL points your board has earned thus far or what opportunities are available to earn ALL points, contact Tyler at