Sioux City school leader Gausman says last year was a success
Even as Sioux City School District students are feeling their way into the new school year, with two days of instruction completed, Superintendent Paul Gausman used a Monday meeting opportunity to praise how the 2018-19 instructional year played out.
Gausman in recent years has sought to look at the district with fresh eyes, through carrying out periodic building visits in the Student of the District endeavor. During the school board meeting Monday, he shared key impressions and statistics about the district, which has nearly 15,000 students.
“I felt I had strong knowledge of our staff, students, parents and buildings going in, but I learned so much more,” Guasman said.
He asked basic questions in those interactions, such as what’s going well in a department or building and what people would suggest, if they were superintendent, to make improvements. Gausman said he knows the schools have a student population that draws from the city’s demographic diversity, that the seasoned staff works well as a team and that literacy and reading initiatives are proceeding well.