Nebelsick, Kaufman honored with ASBSD School Bell Award

Pictured on the left is Terry Nebelsick, and on the right is Gerry Kaufman

HURON — Recently retired Huron Superintendent Terry Nebelsick and School Law Attorney Gerry Kaufman were honored by Associated School Boards of South Dakota for exemplary service in support of public education.

The ASBSD School Bell Award honors individuals or organizations who have served South Dakota public education in an exemplary fashion.

Nebelsick recently retired following 27 years of service as Principal and Superintendent in the Huron School District. When he wasn’t taking care of the students in the school district, he also gave service to state level activities.

“Terry’s passion for educating children and care for their well-being has always been unconditional,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “Throughout his career he has shown a servants heart for students, staff and community members.”

Nebelsick was appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to serve on the Juvenile Justice Committee and the Teacher Compensation Review Board and was also recently appointed by Gov. Kristi Noem to the state Board of Education Standards. Nebelsick leaves an outstanding legacy of service to South Dakota.

“For his dedicated years of service to his local district and the state, we’re thankful to have the opportunity to honor Terry,” Pogany said.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Kaufman has respectfully represented schools in all facets of school law. Kaufman’s resume includes many years representing multiple school districts as school attorney and seven years of service of as the Director of Policy and Legal Services for ASBSD.

Kaufman’s in-depth knowledge of school law and willingness to do whatever it takes to assist school districts in legal matters proves a commitment to help solve problems, answer questions, serve as an advocate for public education and a guide for the Counsel of School Attorneys, which serves as an exemplary example for all.

“Gerry possesses an amazing work ethic and commitment to public education,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said. “Throughout his career he’s shown a dedication to doing what’s right for schools.

“We’re grateful to Gerry for his years of service to and all he has done, not only at ASBSD, but for public education across South Dakota.”