In South Dakota, what are a school board’s powers?


A school board has the general charge, direction, and management of the district’s schools and the control and care of all property belonging to the district’s schools.

A school board may levy taxes, borrow money, employ any necessary personnel, lease real and personal property, carry liability and other insurance, or in lieu of insurance make other arrangements, including entering into agreements with others, which agreements may create separate legal or administrative entities pursuant to S.D.C.L. 1-24 to protect and assist a school board in meeting obligations arising from such acts or omissions for which a school board may be legally liable.

A school board may also purchase necessary books and equipment, purchase real property, and erect necessary buildings for the operation of the school district. 

For more information about a South Dakota school board's authority, read Chapter 3 of The South Dakota School Law Deskbook.