July 16, 2019 Announcements

Sioux City Community School District named among District Administration magazine’s 34 ‘Districts of Distinction’

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In its July/August edition, District Administration magazine honors 34 school districts as “Districts of Distinction.” Among the honorees is the Sioux City Community School District, recognized for the innovative Sioux City Career Academy program.

Districts of Distinction was established by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. Honorees are selected based on quantifiable results and the replicability of their initiatives. The July 2019 Districts of Distinction honorees were selected by the magazine’s editors from numerous nominations.

The innovative manner in which the Sioux City Community School District delivers career and technical education is what earned the District a spot on this coveted list. Through the Sioux City Career Academy students from East High, North High, West High and neighboring districts can access educational programming related to over 30 careers. Each pathway is a career-focused sequence of high school courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational skills to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers.

“It’s an honor to have a national spotlight on a program the Sioux City Community School District has developed to enhance student engagement and academic performance,” said Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District. ‘The Sioux City Career Academy is a progressive approach to offering career and technical education. It’s a model we are proud to showcase and help other districts model.”

The 34 school systems from 19 states honored in this year’s “Districts of Distinction” list have launched programs that range from partnering with outside organizations for career training to improving literacy to using music to support at-risk students and English language learners.

“These districts have developed innovative programs to support students in their education and well beyond the classroom,” said JD Solomon, editorial director of District Administration magazine. “We hope our readers are inspired by the efforts of these honorees to create successful initiatives in their own districts.”

To view a full list of the 2019 honorees, and to apply for the 2020 round of the Districts of Distinction program, visit