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Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health

South Dakota Board of Funeral Service

Official Board Minutes Via Teleconference
March 3, 2011

Members Present:
Tim Bachman, Member
Howard Sogn, Member
Jim Goglin, Member
Susan Bentsen, Member
Alfred Rude, Vice-President
Anthony Nelson, RN, Dept. of Health (Non-voting member)

Members Absent:
Daryl Isburg, President
David Volk, Lay Member

 

Others Present:
Carol Tellinghuisen, Executive Secretary
Paula Spargur, Executive Assistant

 

Vice-President Rude called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM MT.

 

Corrections or additions to the agenda:Nelson requested to add information on promoting more communication on reportable diseases.

Approval of Minutes from December 16, 2010: Bachman moved and Bentsen seconded to approve the minutes from December 16, 2010. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

FY Financial Update: Spargur reported fiscal year to date figures as of January 31, 2011: year to date revenue of $69,505.49; expenditures of $32,730.03 and cash balance of $61,650.17. Bachman moved and Sogn seconded to approve the financial update. Motion carried by unanimous vote. The board office will provide a list of nonrenewals to the Board members.

Sponsorship of SDFDA Convention Speaker: Sogn moved and Bachman seconded to sponsor $500.00 of the cost of the speaker provided the state approves the co-sponsorship. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Trainee license/mortuary student: Bachman presented the board with the revisions they had requested at the December 16, 2010 meeting to 20:45:03:02.  The addition read:

Any students enrolled in an Accredited Mortuary Science Program may function as a trainee by contacting the Board Office, providing proof of enrollment, and obtaining a Mortuary Student Trainee Certificate to practice as a mortuary student trainee.  This does not apply toward the 12 month of traineeship unless completed in full month segments or adheres to the 2,080 rule.

The Board discussed the rule change and made a few small changes.Bentsen moved and Sogn seconded to approve language with changes discussed. Motion carried by unanimous vote. The Board office will update and distribute to board members for final review.

College coursework requirements: Bachman presented the board with the revisions they had requested at the December 16, 2010 meeting to 20:45:03:03. The addition read:

20:45:03:03.College coursework requirements. An applicant for a funeral service license must successfully complete the prescribed course of study from a college of mortuary science accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Inc. In addition, the applicant must complete an academic course requirement of 60 semester hours credit from an accredited college or university.The board recommends coursework in the following areas:

1) Communications or the equivalent, for example:

(a) Speech;
(b) English composition;

2) Social science, or the equivalent, for example:

(a )Sociology;
(b) Psychology;
(3) Natural science, or the equivalent,for example:
(a) Chemistry;
(b) Biology;
(c) Microbiology
(d) Anatomy;
(4) Business,or the equivalent,for example:
(a) Accounting;
(b) Business law;
(c) Business management; and

(5 ) Electives, 15 semester hours or the equivalent.

The Board discussed the rule change and made a few small changes. Bachman moved and Bentsen seconded to approve language with changes discussed. Motion carried by unanimous vote. The Board office will update and distribute to board members for final review.

Administering the examination: The Board office presented the board with the revisions they had requested at the December 16, 2010 meeting to 36-19-20. The addition read:

36-19-20. Application for license to practice funeral service--Time, place, and notice of examination. Any person desiring to obtain a license to practice funeral service under this chapter shall make application to the State Board of Funeral Service. Such application shall contain such information as the board may require and be upon a form prepared by the board. Thereupon,the board shall fix a date and place for the examination of such applicant of which notice shall be given to the applicant by mail. At such time and place, a designee of the board, a board member or board staff selected by a majority of the board or a quorum thereof shall proceed to examine the applicant under such rules and regulations as the board may establish.

The Board discussed the law change and made a few small changes. Sogn moved and Bachman seconded to approve language with changes discussed. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Since this is a law change we won't be able to proceed forward until next legislative session.

Nelson reported the department is working on promoting more communication on reportable diseases. They are also moving forward with the.net program.

Executive Secretary Contract Renewal: Tellinghuisen asked for renewal of her contract with no increase. Sogn moved and Bachman seconded to enter executive session at 2:44 PM MT to discuss the executive secretary's contract renewal. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Sogn moved and Bachman seconded to exit executive session at 2:47 PM MT. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Bachman moved and Bentsen seconded to approve Tellinghuisen's contract at the same rate as last year. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Schedule next meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for May 12, 2011. Bachman moved and Sogn seconded to adjourn.The meeting was adjourned at 2:49 PM MT.