Citizen Volunteer Opportunities for District Committees
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
The Board of Directors for the Sioux City Community School District is seeking citizens, each to serve a three-year term on the Building Oversight Committee and the Sales Tax Finance Oversight Committee. Information regarding each committee is outlined below. Any interested citizen may apply by filling out an application below.
Building Oversight Committee
This Building Oversight Committee reviews the plans and specifications on new buildings and building additions; makes recommendations on the value for resources spent and maintain cost efficiency on projects. It is comprised of a School Board member, Superintendent Dr. Paul R. Gausman, Director of Operations and Maintenance Brian Fahrendholz, Troy Thomas, and a group of 13 board-appointed citizens.
Deadline for receipt of application is November 15, 2019.
Sales Tax Finance Oversight Committee
This committee works to ensure fiscal responsibility of the district’s use of the sales tax revenue received by the district and expenditures paid for Board of Education approved projects. The committee also prepares cash flow analysis, which is used to make a recommendation to the Board of Education on cash flow requirements. The committee is comprised of citizens, a School Board member, Superintendent Dr. Paul R. Gausman, and Director of Finance and CFO Patty Blankenship. All meetings are from 8-9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Educational Service Center.
Deadline for receipt of application is December 13, 2019.
Former Volunteer Opportunities:
The Board of Directors for the Sioux City Community School District is seeking citizens, each to serve a three-year term on the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)–formally known as the District Advisory Committee–and the culturally diverse Educational Equity Committee (EEC). Information regarding each committee is outlined below. Any interested citizen may apply by filling out an application below.
Deadline for receipt of application is July 26, 2019.
Paper applications can be picked up at the Educational Service Center, 627 4th Street. Contact Cyndi Lloyd at (712) 279-6643 for more information.
Paper applications can be picked up at the Educational Service Center, 627 4th Street. Contact Erin Bourne at (712) 279-6083 for more information.
Educational Equity Committee (EEC)
The name of this organization shall be the Educational Equity Committee (EEC). The EEC is an independent committee appointed by the Sioux City Community Schools board of education. The committee enjoys a shared sense of empowerment with the office of the director of educational equity and reports directly to the board of education.
The Educational Equity Committee (EEC) is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for students and staff to access educational programs and employment, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status. The EEC will support and advise the District on the coordination and development of policies, programs, resources, and methods, which would increase maximum achievement for all students in a multi-cultural, gender-fair environment.
The foundational beliefs of the committee are that:
- 1. diversity will be an integral and celebrated part of all education programs, curriculum, and extracurricular activities for students;
- 2. students need to have like role models in their classrooms and school. This can be accomplished through a strong affirmative action program;
- 3. students and staff have the right to be educated and to work in a harassment-free environment, and;
- 4. integration on the basis of race, gender, and disability in our schools and education programs will help to prepare students to live more positively in a world that is very diverse.
To support the District in educating students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential, the purpose of this organization is to:
- 1. oppose inequity, prejudice, and discrimination anywhere in the school system;
- 2. promote nondiscriminatory and equal opportunity efforts in employment practices;
- 3. promote a multicultural, gender-fair approach to learning in all areas of the school curriculum;
- 4. develop a strategy to give life to the committee’s foundational beliefs;
- 5. promote professional in-service experiences for the teaching staff, administrators, board of education, noncertified personnel of the school system and the EEC members when appropriate;
- 6. serve as advisors to the board of education, the department of educational equity, and to other district committees;
- 7. serve as liaisons between the school district and members of diverse community groups;
- 8. support the development of programs, educational strategies and curriculum that promote positive human relations among diverse groups;
- 9. provide input into the development and evaluation of equity reports, updates and any other equity reviews including the annual report of the system;
- 10. facilitate the accomplishment of equity goals, and;
- 11. conduct any other related tasks assigned from time to time by the board of education or the superintendent of schools.
The composition of this organization shall consist of:
- 1. not less than 2. eleven (11) and no more than fifteen (15) members.
- 2. In choosing additional members and replacement members, the committee’s key focus will be to ensure key population constituencies are well represented in the committee membership.
- 3. Committee members must demonstrate a commitment to the foundational beliefs of the committee, a passion for and vested interest in diversity issues, and advocacy for diverse populations in their day-to-day lives.
- 4. All members received by the EEC and approved by the board of education shall have full voting rights.
- 1. The officers of the Educational Equity Committee shall be the following: chairperson and vice chairperson.
- 2. The officers of the EEC shall be elected annually in May by a majority of the voting members of the EEC. The vote shall be recorded for public record.
- 3. Officers of the EEC shall be elected for a term of one (1) year.
- 4. An officer may be re-elected to office or may be eligible for another elective office.
- 1. Meeting dates and times will be determined at the first convening of the committee of every school year. The first convening of the committee for every school year will be scheduled at the last meeting of the previous year.
- 2. Additional meetings may be called by the chair. Meeting rules adapted from Robert’s Rules of Order will be followed at the meetings.
- 3. Proper notice will be given for all meetings under the Open Meetings Act. Meeting notices will be published in the Board Meeting Calendar.
- 4. Official business will be conducted in the presence of the voting members present at the meeting.
- 5. Any member missing four (4) unexcused meetings in the calendar year, September through June, will be sent a letter and required to reapply for membership.
Terms of Membership:
- 1. All written applications for membership, along with recommendations, shall be submitted to the board of Education and copies made available to the EEC. The Board of Education will interview candidates and approve membership to the EEC.
- 2. Membership shall commence on September 1 of the year in which membership is approved or upon Board approval.
- 3. Those appointed to serve on the EEC to replace a member who has resigned or has been asked to resign, shall complete the term of said member and have the option of serving another term.
- 4. All terms are three (3) years in length.
School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)
The committee will establish its own operating procedures under the following guidelines. The procedures are intended to encourage and facilitate communication by all members of the committee.
- Decisions by consensus, where committee members agree with and will support the committee’s decision.
- No criticisms of committee members, only behaviors that need changing.
- Candid expressions of views and opinions, members are free to say what they feel on any issue before them.
- All members are expected to participate in the identification and solution of the problems before the committee.
- Members must listen and understand what is being discussed.
- Topics are discussed and all members focus on the issue until everyone is clear about the nature and extent of issues or the solutions.
- Disagreement is encouraged so that a thorough discussion of the issue can be assured and that all viewpoints are before the committee.
- The committee will continually do self-evaluations over its term of operation to ensure fine-tuning of their process.
What the School Improvement Advisory Committee is:
The Sioux City Community School Improvement Advisory Committee is a vehicle through which the community, students, parents, and school staff can work together to identify and recommend solutions to problems facing the district’s school system.
It is an advisory committee to the school district Board of Education.
It is a district-wide organization with representatives of parents, community, teachers, administrators, and students.
It is a group, the composition and experience of which is intended to elicit the ears of administration and board on critical questions.
The group is asked to review a variety of proposals and revisions to curriculum. Two other citizen committees also review the proposals and revisions to curriculum, i.e., Equity Committee and the Curriculum Council. This review is valuable because this way the board is able to receive community input prior to curriculum issues being taken to the full Board of Education for action.
The goals of the committee, as outlined in the State Department of Education Standards, are as follows:
- 1. To receive an annual report from the Board of Education regarding their annual goals.
- 2. To receive from the Board of Education any needs assessment information conducted by the board.
- 3. To recommend goals based on student achievement data to the board.
- 4. To develop recommendations that primarily reflect both identified needs and resources of the school district.
- 5. To report annually to the Board of Education on their findings and recommendations of the District Advisory Committee in any manner and to any extent it chooses to do so.
What the School Improvement Advisory Committee is not:
The Advisory Committee is not a policy-making group (though it may react to recommend policy).
It is not a replacement for the Board of Education, which is the elected, legal policy-making body of the district.
It is not a replacement for making educational decisions more appropriately made by the professional staff (but it is a source for checking reality).
It is not a substitute for individual or group parent-teacher conferences and other communication processes.
It is not involved with the discussion or evaluation of individual students and employees of the school district.