Policy Alert: Updates made to board related policies

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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 ASBSD Policy committee.


“The five sample policies were amended with terminology updates or changes recently made to state and federal law,” ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Jessica Filler said.


The five sample policies amended, include:

  • AH: Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Authorization:
    • Removed reference to a local service agency;
  • BD: School Board Meetings:
  • DJ: Purchasing Procedures:
    • Adjusted the limit for bidding for public improvement contracts to $100,000, up from $50,000, in accordance with the change made during the 2020 legislative session;
  • FEFB: Bonds for Public Improvement Contracts:
    • Amended the bid bond amount for public improvement contracts to match the increase made in state statute during this year’s legislative session;
  • JECA: Admission of Resident Students:
    • Includes the update made to state statute during the 2021 legislative session related to the admission of military children to a distance learning program.


For questions related to the policies, contact Filler at jfiller@asbsd.org or at 605-773-2513.


To access the ASBSD Policy Services website, school board members and administrators must login at http://policy.asbsd.org. Your district’s login and password information has been previously provided to your district’s administration.


Note: For ASBSD member schools who are Online Policy Services subscribers you may access a PDF copy of the modifications made to these policies through your school districts online policy site, simply choose the ASBSD Communications option under the Policies tab.


If you are not able to access the ASBSD Policy Services website, please contact your district’s administration or ASBSD Policy Services Associate Kay Thompson-Tieszen at kay@asbsd.org.

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